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"Yours" given Honorable Mention

“Yours” receives an Honorable Mention in the 2014 SongDoor International Songwriting Competition!

"Yours" chosen as a Semi-Finalist!

December 8th, 2014

Yours contest

The Song of the Year songwriting contest has awarded Debbie L. Rice the Semi-Finalist placement in the song contest. Song of the Year receives entries from all over the world and only the top songwriters receive a Semi-Finalist placement in the songwriting competition.

"Seeker" awarded songwriting honor!

Oct. 3rd, 2014

For my song, "Seeker":

The Song of the Year songwriting contest has awarded Debbie L. Rice the Suggested Artist placement in the song contest. Song of the Year receives entries from all over the world and only the top songwriters receive a Suggested Artist placement in the songwriting competition. songwriting contest

"They Chose Me" WINS Honorable Mention Award

July 9th, 2007 Praise God! We just received the following news: Congratulations, you have been selected to receive an Honorable Mention in the 11th Annual "Unisong" International Song contest. This year featured the highest overall quality of songs, lyrics, and writers ever submitted by far, with the most diverse and varied entries from a multitude of countries representing every continent on Earth except Antarctica (and songwriting penguins out there). The judging therefore was extremely competitive and to be singled out anywhere in the top 15% of all songs submitted was no easy feat. Your song, "They Chose Me" received an Honorable Mention in the L.U.N.C. H. category, ( where all net proceeds will go to benefit social programs they sponsor in the areas of hunger, homelessness, substance abuse, & domestic abuse. All songs entered in this special category had to address any of these four main themes or similar variations. Results are posted on our website at: Thank you Lord!

"In Your Silence" nominated for's Song of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Debbie L. Rice Nominated for: “Contemporary Artist of the Year" “Worship Artist of the Year” “Female Vocalist of the Year” & “Song of the Year” (In Your Silence) IndieHeaven Momentum Awards Lake Jackson, TX, Dec. 5th, 2007 – IndieHeaven, the nations leading organization supporting Independent artists in the Christian music genre, is pleased to announce that Debbie L. Rice has been nominated in 4 categories’ for the 2nd annual "Momentum Awards". This prestigious award will be handed out at the upcoming IndieHeaven CIA Summit2007 conference March 29 - April 1, 2007. IndieHeaven founder and CIA Summit director Keith Mohr states, "It's important to recognize and applaud the efforts made in recent years by artists who are independent. By providing them the recognition they have earned, we hope to increase their platform and awareness. There are many independent artists who are doing an incredible job with their music and most importantly their mission. We look forward to the awards being a part of our annual artist’s conference." Debbie L. Rice, a native of Lake Jackson and a cancer survivor, with her unique blend of Pop, Country, and Rock Contemporary Christian music tells the story of a faith refined each time a crisis is faced. Debbie L. Rice has won Honorable Mention in the songwriting category of the Unisong International Songwriting Awards for her song, “Building Idols in a Fallen World”, and her currently nominated song, “In Your Silence”, also was nominated for the 2005 Song of the Year at In addition to performing with her band, Debbie leads Children’s Worship for the 3rd-6th grade Wednesday night BreakOut program at Willow Drive Baptist in Lake Jackson, and she also serves as a small group leader for 6th grade girls. She is one of the Worship leaders for Children’s church on Sunday’s, and sings part time in the Choir. Darren Rice, Debbie’s husband, is the group’s manager, producer and photographer. Darren & Debbie’s children, Hayden, Emma and Joshua, also participate by performing a few children’s songs at the band’s live shows. 

The Story Behind the Song..."In Your Silence"

This song came to me as a result of a great sermon by my pastor, Scott McKay, at Willow Drive Baptist Church in Lake Jackson. He had preached to us about the importance of taking time to be quiet before God, and to just listen for His voice. We had an entire sermon on "Silence". No music, no talking, just a few slides of scripture. Let me tell you, you could have heard a pin drop in that Sanctuary! But, you could also feel the presence of the Holy Spirit! It was a very powerful message. So, I decided to try having my own personal "Quiet Time with God" the next day. I took the kids to school, and then took my dog (a very energetic yellow lab) to the beach. It was a beautiful day, and that early in the morning, there was nobody there except me, my dog, and a flock of seagulls. So, I let 'Buddy', my lab, off the leash, and I waded into the surf looking for shells. I said, "Ok Lord, I'm going to be quiet and listen for your voice". And I waited. And waited. But you know what I heard? Buddy was barking, the seagulls were squawking, the surf was pounding, the wind was howling, and off in the distance, a thunderstorm was brewing, so thunderclaps were intermingled with everything else. It was anything BUT quiet! So I said, "This just isn't working for me here Lord!", and at that instant, He gave me a song. Now, when God gives me a song, I normally get the whole thing...lyrics, melody, instrumentation....all at once. And this was no exception. But there I was, knee-deep in the surf with a loose dog (who was several hundred feet away chasing the gulls) and no pencil or paper in site! I just knew I wasn't going to be able to remember all of the words and the melody! So I started singing it over and over as I frantically shoved my dog, soaking wet, into the car and started for home. I had turned my radio off, but I just knew I would pull up next to somebody and hear there radio, and I would loose the melody. It's about a 15 minute drive from the beach to my house, and I think my dog thought I had gone crazy because I just kept singing and singing the song over and over to keep it in my head. Thank you Lord, that I was able to make it home (safely!) and write the song down on paper before I lost it or changed it in any way. But I was surprised to find out that the song didn't have anything to do with me being "Silent before the Lord". Instead, the song is about those times when God is silent. We all have those times when we cry out to the Lord for an answer to something we just don't understand. Perhaps we are going thru a difficult situation...a divorce, losing someone you love, a disease, or just anything that would make you long to hear His voice. There are those times when you just need to know that your Daddy God is there watching over you, and you just beg Him to talk to you, comfort you, change the situation, change you, or just take control. And all you get is........SILENCE. What's going on then? Why doesn't He answer us? Is He really there? Is He really hearing us? Does He really care? I know we have all had those questions at some point in our lives. I've been thru divorce, I've had miscarriages, I've had cancer, I've lost a parent....and each time I would turn to my Father in Heaven for comfort. Sometimes He would respond with love and comfort, but at other times He would seem as distant as the horizon, and I would feel so alone. But I always knew He was there, never leaving me. This song, "In Your Silence" tells about WHY He doesn't always answer us. He has our best interests at heart, and sometimes He has to restrain Himself from helping us so we can grow and learn on our own. Those of you who are parents know exactly what I am talking about. Sometimes you have to let your children experience hurt for themselves so they will learn a matter how hard it is for you to watch, and how much your arms ache to hold them. I have no doubt that Our Father hurts just as much watching us go through life's lessons. And that if He could, He would scoop us up in His arms and hug all the hurt and pain away. But, He is an awesome parent, and He lets us learn so we can grow strong. Listen to His voice in the words of this song.....and never doubt that He is always there by your side. He will never take you to it, if He knows you can't go thru it. -Debbie

"Building Idols" chosen by UniSong International Songwriting Contest

The UNISONG INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST has chosen my song, “Building Idols in a Fallen World”, for the 2005 Gospel/Christian category HONORABLE MENTION award!!

"Secret Sin" added to Indieheaven Radio

GREAT NEWS!!! Indieheaven Radio has added our song, “Secret Sin”, to their Radio Chart! This chart is published in CRW and distributed to most Radio Stations and Christian Bookstores/Musicstores. 

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