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This is what real love looks like. Cancer can not take it away!

You Changed My Life Forever
 

FROM THE FIRST TIME I LOOKED 

INTO YOUR BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYES 

I KNEW MY LIFE HAD JUST CHANGED FOREVER 

YOUR FIRST SMILE OPENED MY HEART 

YOUR FIRST HELLO LEFT ME SPEECHLESS 

YOUR LOVING HEART, YOUR STRONG FAITH 

LEFT ME WISHING WE WERE MAN AND WIFE 

I NEVER MET LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE, COULD THIS BE REAL A WOMAN WHO LOVES ME MORE THAN HERSELF 

AS THE YEARS PASSED BY 

I KNEW THE LIFE OF LOVE I HAD 

WAS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME KIND 

THANK YOU GOD, FOR SENDING YOU TO ME 

 YOU TAUGHT ME TO PRAY EVERY DAY 

YOU TAUGHT ME THAT REAL LOVE COMES FROM ABOVE 

YOU TOLD ME THAT YOU AND GOD 

ARE IN MY LIFE TO STAY 

LOVNG YOU IS EASY, YOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND 

BECOMING THE GREATEST LOVE I HAVE KNOWN 

OUR LOVE BECOMES STRONGER EVERY DAY 

I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE DAWN OF EACH NEW DAY 

 

YOU TAUGHT ME TO PRAY EVERY DAY 

YOU TAUGHT ME THAT REAL LOVE COMES FROM ABOVE 

YOU TOLD ME THAT YOU AND GOD 

ARE IN MY LIFE TO STAY 

 

YOU MADE ME THE HAPPIEST MAN ALIVE 

I PRAY TO GOD TO BE MORE LIKE YOU, KNOWING, THAT COULD NEVER BE 

 

I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW 

I WOULD NOT BE THE MAN I AM TODAY WITHOUT YOU 

YOU CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER

Pretty Garden

BASIC INFO

 

origin//

Mississippi, USA

 

genres//

Country, Contemporary Christian, Gospel, Easy Listening

 

Songs Released//

2020

 

Book Release//

April 5, 2020

 

website//

www.tommyricemusic.com

 

publisher//

Golden House Publishing 

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My Name is Tommy Rice. I lost my precious wife, Deborah, to brain cancer in which we battled for almost 3 years. She was the greatest love I have ever known. After being asked to write a short story of her fight to stay alive, I read to my grief recovery class and my classmate asked to make it a song. Two years later, with no experience in writing, I now have 192 written songs, 84 recorded songs, 2 number ONE songs, a number two Christmas song, 9 songs with radio play that are all highly charted, 2021 nomination for Crossover Artist of the Year, 2022 New Country Group of the Year award, and a book titled Miss Her More Today Than Yesterday. All of my songs are about our love of Jesus and the real love we shared together. All glory goes to Him. I have been a Real Estate Broker for 44 years and just sold my Auto Dealership after 27 years of making memories of a lifetime. My heart and goal in life right now is writing music and sharing Jesus's love and the real love He put into our life all over the world. If I am so blessed to end my life here on earth sharing this greatest of love about Jesus, and the love we shared together, no higher honor could ever be given to me!

CONTACT ME

Tommy Rice Music

Tommy Rice / tommyrice601@yahoo.com / 601-750-5511

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New Music Awards has announced that Tommy Rice has won the

2022 New Music Award for

Country New Group of the Year! 

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A young girl’s poem in the wake of her dad’s suicide touched a chord deep in Tommy Rice’s heart. Now, this award-winning songwriter prays the song he spun from her words will reach other fathers.

 

His ultimate hope is to prevent suicide in men struggling with depression, addiction and other demons, direct them toward the support they need to heal, and lead them back to their families’ loving embrace. He wants to remind them of the worth of their lives, the love of their children and the key place they hold in those young lives.

 

Suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States and ranks even higher for men who are more likely to use deadlier means.

 

Addi Giles was only 10 when her father’s overdose robbed her of a future with him.  Her    poem “Daddy Come Home” concludes with, “My heart is a puzzle that has yet to be done/With one missing piece/My dad is gone.” Stirred by the ache and longing in Addi’s words, her mom shared it with Rice, cousin of Addi’s grandfather and a songwriter still new on the Christian country music scene. With Addi’s permission, Rice built on her words for the recording “This Song Is for You, Daddy.”

 

“We feel like this song would really touch people’s hearts because suicide is so common now,

especially in America,” Rice said. “Playing that song would hopefully help a father who is thinking

about suicide, and change his mind. I wrote it that way, for people to realize what they’re missing

out on, and what they’re doing to their family.

 

“A lot of kids are facing this now. Their fathers leave and go into a depression and keep to themselves,

They don’t understand why they can’t see them anymore. It’s devastating to the family.”

 

Rice understands the situation better than most. Following the death of his beloved wife Deborah of

cancer in early 2019, he became almost a recluse. “I was beyond lost, depressed, in a dark tunnel with

no light in sight,” he said. “I know how these people feel.”

 

Suicide didn’t enter his thoughts, but he felt a strong pull to be with loved ones he’d lost. His counselor in a grief recovery class urged him to channel the feelings into a story. Rice’s story moved his class to tears. A fellow class member suggested he make a song of it. So, he did.

 

Rice found a studio to handle details of the music, help find a singer and record “Miss Her More Today Than Yesterday.” The experience launched a new path for the Raymond, Mississippi, real estate broker and auto dealership owner. Rice lined up an entertainment attorney, Loggins Promotion and Mansell Media, and plunged into the newfound passion. “I prayed about it and God seemed put these people in my life, and it started happening,” he said. “Songs started coming all the time.” His current song count tops 200, with 84 recorded.

 

With less than two years in the business, Rice won the New Music Award for Country New Group of the Year 2022 with a song featuring Patricia Barrett (also the singer for “This Song Is for You, Daddy”). His new single “My Momma Loved Me” went to No. 1 on Independent Music Network’s Country Top 30 Countdown this May.

 

“What saved me was the music,” Rice said, recalling his own dark tunnel of grief. Now, he hopes this song can help save others, and prevent the heartache suicide leaves behind.

 

 

For the song and video “This Song Is for You, Daddy” on YouTube, click here or visit  https://bit.ly/3lYq9zF

 

 

For suicide prevention resources, click here or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Article written by Sherry Lucas

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