Rick Hendrix (born January 11, 1970), is an American songwriter,producer and performer of southern gospel and country music. He has written several number one songs and numerous Top 40 songs made popular in Christian music. Born in Granite Falls, North Carolina in 1970, Hendrix is the son of Rev. Richard and Donna Hendrix. His musical skills developed early in life when, as an adolescent, Hendrix worked at local radio stations around North Carolina. Having discovered his true passion for music, Hendrix decided to drop out of high school and become a full-time disc jockey. It was during this time Hendrix co-managed dates for cult icon Tiny Tim, famous for "Tip Toe Thru the Tulips. Aged only 19 (but already well experienced in the business of music), he decided to form his own musical promotions company in 1989. After two years of managing both a music career and his full time radio job, he left radio in 1991 to focus exclusively on his music career. Musical artists, groups, and singers such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, The Hoppers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Queen, and The Happy Goodman Family are all cited by Hendrix as early music influences. Many of the 500 songs written by Hendrix have become Southern Gospel and Christian standards. Included among the titles: "You'll Never Run Out of the Blood", " He Chose Me", "When There is No Hope (There is Grace)", " Sometimes It Takes a Mountain", " God Still Dries Our Tears", and "Mama's Letters to Jesus". Hendrix has been nominated as songwriter and producer of the year a dozen times in the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards and received several gold and platinum awards for his promotional efforts. Hendrix collaborated with his mother, Donna Hendrix, to write the Dove Award nominated song "Mama's Letters to Jesus" in 2002. The song became an instant Top 10 hit and saw continued success as it was developed into a book. In 2004, Billboard Magazine interviewed Hendrix about BMG's decision to let him pick Elvis Presley's first ever gospel single for national radio.