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Rich Mullins was a Christian music singer and songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana. He died in an automobile accident in September of 1997.
Mullins is best known for his praise choruses “Awesome God” and “Step by Step”, which have been embraced as modern classics by many Christians. Some of his albums are also considered among Christian music’s best, including Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth (1988), The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume One (1991) and A Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band (1993). His musc has been covered by many artists, including Caedmon’s Call, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, John Tesh, and Third Day.
Rich Mullins is also warmly remembered for his sincere devotion to the Christian faith, which was often an inspiration to others. He was heavily influenced by St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), whose life inspired Mullins to take religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. In 1997, he composed a musical called Canticle of the Plains, a retelling of the life of St. Francis set in the Old West.