Sparks Releases New Quiet-Music Album, ‘Hushabye’
Tigerville, SC (August 12, 2019) Dr. Rick Sparks, professor of mass communication, has just released his latest in a series of quiet-music instrumental albums. “Hushabye” is Sparks’ fifth album since 2014, and was created specifically to help listeners with relaxation, meditation, and sleep.
“Many of my friends and fans have told me for years that they use my music to relax after a hard day, enjoy some downtime, or to help their children (or themselves) get to sleep,” explains Sparks. “With that in mind, I decided to record an album of soothing music that both adults and children could relax.” Sparks uses a combination of piano, strings, flute and angelic voices to create music of beauty and peace.
According to Sparks, several of his friends report that Hushabye is very effective at inducing sleep in children, including a nursery of nine babies. “What’s good for children apparently works for adults, too,” he says. “My oldest listener is a 1947 NGU graduate who uses ‘Hushabye’ every night to get to sleep.”
Sparks’ latest album features nine original lullabies and two cover songs, including “Jesus Loves Me.” Since 2014, his music has been heard on radio, and online outlets worldwide, including SiriusXM’s Spa channel 68 and public radio stations in the U.S. His music is also available from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and YouTube.
He says, “My utmost desire as an artist is to glorify God through music that helps restore the listener with beauty and peace.” Besides his recorded music, He is a longtime church pianist who currently plays each Sunday at View Church (Mt. View Baptist) in Boiling Springs, where he and his wife Sandie are members.
Sparks is now in his eleventh year as professor of mass communication at NGU.
“I’m so grateful that God brought me to NGU in 2008. It is by far my favorite of all the schools I’ve been a part of in my 32 years of teaching. I love the passion of our students in mass communication who are already influencers for Christ in our culture and will be in their careers as media professionals,” he says.