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Name: Richard Wayne Mullins                                                         
Born: 21 October 1955 Richmond, Indiana, USA                                       
Died: 19 September 1997 (aged 41)                                                   
Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 - September 19, 1997) was an American       
Christian music singer and songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana. He died in an     
automobile accident in September of 1997.                                           
Mullins is best known for his praise choruses "Step by Step" (later incorporated   
into his hit single "Sometimes by Step") and "Awesome God", both of which have     
been embraced as modern classics by many Christians. Some of his albums are also   
considered among Christian music's best, including Winds of Heaven, Stuff of       
Earth (1988), The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume One (1991) and A           
Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band (1993). His music has been covered by       
many artists, including Caedmon's Call, Five Iron Frenzy, Amy Grant, Jars of       
Clay, Michael W. Smith, John Tesh, and Third Day.                                   
Rich Mullins is also warmly remembered for his sincere devotion to the Christian   
faith, which was often an inspiration to others. He was heavily influenced by St.   
Francis of Assisi (1181-1226). In 1997, he composed a musical called Canticle of   
the Plains, a retelling of the life of St. Francis set in the Old West.