Run the Earth, Watch the Sky

Run the Earth, Watch the Sky

by Chris Rice
4.6 6


Item is available through our marketplace sellers.


Run the Earth, Watch the Sky

Christian music has its share of reluctant stars, artists more interested in their music and message than all the other stuff that comes with having a top-flight recording career. Rich Mullins and Michael Card are two such figures, and now Chris Rice seems to be his generation's entry into that club. His last studio album, 2000's critically lauded Smell the Color 9, was released without any promotion from Rice, who eschewed obligations like radio tours and media interviews in favor of his ministry work. On Run the Earth, Watch the Sky, his first proper studio album in over two years, we find a Rice who has wrestled with his role as a public figure. On the single and opener "Other Side of the Radio," Rice shares his discomfort with listeners, telling us "I'm not a better man 'cause I'm singing songs on the radio." Later acknowledging the impact his music has had, Rice comes to terms with being a recording star, giving Run the Earth, Watch the Sky its strong footing. Yes, the James Taylor sound-alike writes radio-ready hits -- this album is thick with them, virtually every song a potential chart-topper. But Rice never plays games with his listeners; each song has a spiritual foundation directing listeners heavenward. Even a heartfelt ballad such as "Smile," which could easily be a fence-straddling secular love song, is so obviously directed toward Jesus that its crossover aspirations are effectively nil. From the beautiful "Untitled Hymn" and "Spare an Angel" to the lighthearted "Everything's OK" and "Me and Becky," this collection beautifully stays on message: Keep your focus on God, even as you go out into the world. It's a lesson Rice seems to have learned well.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2003
Label: Rocketown Records
UPC: 0826872000128
catalogNumber: 20001

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Rice   Primary Artist
Bennie Wallace   Voices
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello,Viola
George Cocchini   Guitar
Scott Dente   Guitar
Monroe Jones   Voices
Duncan Mullins   Bass
Kristin Wilkinson   Violin
Dan Needham   Drums
Jason King   Voices
Jeff Roach   Keyboards
Lissette Gregory   Voices
Kathleen Jones   Voices
Steven Delopoulos   Acoustic Guitar
Ricky Jackson   Background Vocals
Clayton Jones   Voices
Mark Hill   Bass
Ken Lewis   Percussion
Ran Jackson   Background Vocals,Voices
Daisy Jones   Voices

Technical Credits

Jimmy Abegg   Producer,Art Direction,Package Concept
David Davidson   Prop Design
Jim Dineen   Engineer
Monroe Jones   Producer
Don Donahue   Executive Producer
Josh Reeder   Producer
Tiffany Long   Art Direction,Package Concept
Monroe Jone   Producer

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Run the Earth, Watch the Sky 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this CD. It's one of the few CDs I listen to straight through, listening to every single track, instead of skipping around to hear "the tracks I like" (I like them all on this CD!). I love how Chris's lyrics actually mean something and how the CD has both "bobbing your head to the radio" songs ("The Other Side of the Radio" and "Me and Becky") and calm tear-jerkers ("Spare an Angel" and "Untitled Hymn"). "Eighth Grade" is also a positive gem and displays Chris's funny side. I lost my copy of this CD for a while and had to have it on pretty much permanent check-out from my church library until I found my copy again. This CD is awesome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listening to this cd for the first time and I know full well that I'll be hooked once again to another of Chris Rice's masterpieces. How can there be only one other review dedicated to this word wizard's ability to bring the simple events of life, whether happy or sad, to a place that is so familiar to all of us? True, if you don't buy into Christianity, you may be full of rejection for any mention of it. I still think that Chris has such a gentle touch and grasp for our confusion and doubts about God that even an adamant rebel to these issues would find some ways to relate to these life beholding gems.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Rice is an amazing singer/song writer. Smell the color 9 was awesome, but this tops it. This CD is full of uplifting songs. A must have!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Rice turns in another awesome record. I thought nothing could top "Smell The Color 9" but I was wrong!! Every song here is awesome, but I especially like "Everything's OK" and "Smile," which have a beautiful message and singable melodies. And "Spare An Angel" had me bawling my eyes out. Thanks Chris for continuing to put out such wonderful music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is awsome! i really like every thing that he put on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago