Ron Lawrence


Paving New Roads Beyond Contemporary Christian Music “Faith is an important component of our music; but really our music is about how we meet life through our faith.” That’s the synopsis from Ron Lawrence, one of the composers for the Jericho Road Crew. There is a lot of great music out there, and contemporary Christian music is one of the fastest growing genres in music today. Much of that music rightly praises God and glorifies His Son, Jesus Christ. For the Jericho Road Crew, however, something more is needed to reach a world that seems to be looking the other way. Since 1988, the Jericho Road Crew has offered a variety of music from different genres: from gospel to celtic, country to rock and roll. The music is always full of fun, harmonies and hope, lyrics and love. Our album, "Moonlight Harvest", is our first offering with all original music. The Road Crew has always played a mix of secular and Christian music— feeling like that opens more doors to our message. More and more, our music reflects this mix of God and world within each song. Since the release of “Moonlight Harvest”, the Road Crew has continued to record new music—most of it written by Ron Lawrence. Recently we have set up a “New Music” page on our web site. It’s a slightly different approach to our marketing. Some might think that we are giving our music away, but we’re just trying to give people a peek into our work as it is happening. We’d love to hear what you think.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

“Faith is an important component of our music; but really our music is about how we meet life through our faith.”

What is your music dream?

Would love to get some songs published--perhaps recorded by a major artist.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I know it doesn't seem popular or cool these days, but what the world needs is a little more God.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

It seems so limiting to pick a favorite anything. I love lots of music from various artists and genres. Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles stands out as a song I really yearned to listen to. Loved Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery. So many others. Later, I really took a liking to Celtic music. Parting Glass is a favorite.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

See my answer to the last question, but there are so many more. Three Dog Night, Chicago, Grand Funk Railroad, Todd Rundgren, Jim Croce, Steely Dan, Eagles, ... How do you put so much music into a brief answer?

What inspires you to make music?

The music I write tends to be about real life issues and experiences. Generally, however, I approach them through the lens of my faith. The message that results is often quite a contrast to what we hear in popular music.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Life is a gift from a God who loves us.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

There's a lot about gigging that I don't care for; but when you are playing to an audience a song you have composed, and you see their faces light up as they connect with the message, ...well, there's nothing like it!

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

The concept of this site is very interesting. I work with book publishers. I think the music publishing industry is poised for a revolution. I've done some work in this area myself. Generally, musicians are under-appreciated and under-compensated for the importance of music in our lives. And yes, there is a ton that we can do to support each other.

What do you think of Drooble?

Again, I think this is very interesting, and it approaches some of my own thinking about helping creators of music to help each other. I have more thoughts--and perhaps some technical solutions to share.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Not enough time! write, to record, to perform, ...there's just never enough time.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I help to organize a local songwriters group--including events for songwriters to gain experience performing.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

There are some basics in writing songs, and there is a level of proficiency in performance that will be necessary to hold an audience's attention. For me, I like to write songs that listeners will like to sing on their way home.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

In organizing local events, there are two names that came to my attention: Jetty Rae ( and Epic Season (