Songwriter sees lifelong dream realized

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

Dec. 1, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Updated Dec. 2, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Raul Rick Lopez, 57, of Victoria, plays guitar and sings in his home studio. Lopez released a gospel album  Nov. 10.

Raul Rick Lopez, 57, of Victoria, plays guitar and sings in his home studio. Lopez released a gospel album Nov. 10.   Angela Piazza for The Victoria Advocate

Standing in front of Faith Family's Connection Center earlier last month, Raul Rick Lopez saw a dream realized.

He gripped his guitar, connected to a small sound system, and played the first song on his newly released Christian album, "Believe."

As he strummed to the words to his original song, "How Did You Feel," which talks about how Jesus felt during significant historical moments in the Bible, Lopez's journey and mission to write, produce and perform 10 songs for Jesus was finally accomplished.

"I was feeling peace and a bit emotional, but it was controlled. I should have wanted to shed a tear, but I had the peace of God with me," Lopez, 57, said of the album launch. "I also had the encouragement of my wife, Patricia, who has pushed me every time I needed a push."

Lopez has thrown his hat in the songwriting and performance ring for many years, struggling to find a strong, sustaining footing, an enduring career in music. As he aged, he transitioned into traditional day jobs, working in the oil field.

But last year, something unique happened. He was inspired to write a song for Jesus. That song turned into nine more songs in six months, and soon, he had an album of 10 songs written to encourage others in their walk with Jesus.

"The way this all happened, writing these songs in six months, in the blink of an eye, that's supernatural to me," he said. "I've tried this before several times, and I've never been able to do it like this."

Lopez said his hope for the album is for people to hear the music and be inspired and comforted by their God.

"All the songs for me are like a prayer; they come from Scripture. To me, they're a form of studying the Word and praying at the same time," he said.

Lopez's wife said she is proud of her husband's accomplishment and dedication to finish the album. She's excited the music is now available for others who need to hear the message of her husband's songs.

"I'm so proud of hi, because he listened to God's calling with his CD project, knowing that God gave him everything he needed in the palm of his hand," she said. "No matter what came his way, he stayed faithful to God."

Now that "Believe" is out, Lopez plans to take the music to the masses.

"We're sending it out to record labels, and we're organizing a tour for next year," he said.

Lopez said he's even writing songs for his next album.

"I hope the music strengthens people's faith and builds a stronger walk and relationship with God. My plan is God's plan, though. Every day I pray that not my will, but Yours, be done. I don't want anything for myself, and I believe God has a plan to put the music out where it needs to go," he said.



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