Dick & Mel Tunney
Dick and Melodie Tunney continue to spend their adult life in the process, pressing towards the ultimate goal of reflecting and magnifying Christís light to all whose paths they cross from their public platform of ministry.
Their story together begins in the late 1970s in the Christian group, TRUTH. Mel was raised in a minister of music's home in Texas, and Dick comes from strong family roots in Ohio. Both were accomplished musicians at an early age. The intersection of TRUTH brought the two together and after 18 months of constant touring, Dick responded to a call from the award-winning group, the Imperials. Six months later the couple married and settled in Nashville, TN. The decade of the 1980s found Dick and Mel growing in the areas of songwriting and studio work, and soon they were immersed in Nashville's creative community. Recording session work quickly engaged Mel with fellow studio singers Bonnie Keen and Marty McCall, and the studio vocal group First Call was born. At the beginning of 1986, Christian artist Sandi Patty called and hired Dick as musical director and pianist, and First Call as her backup group.
The births of two daughters (Whitney and Kelsey) over a 15-month period of separate touring brought the Tunneys to a crossroads. After several months of prayer and pastoral counsel, Dick and Mel chose to prioritize their marriage and their growing young family by returning home from touring. The season was to be short-lived. Within a year God had other plans for the talented couple. Their first joint recording project, ''Let the Dreamers Dream,'' was released by Warner Alliance in 1991. Soon the couple found themselves traveling nearly every weekend to local churches across America, sharing a collection of Tunney songs that were designed to encourage, challenge and stretch believers. All tolled, Dick and Mel spent a dozen years traveling to more than 400 churches nationwide.
The Tunney's musical offerings have been honored with 10 Dove Awards, nearly 30 Dove nominations, a song of theirs won a prestigious Grammy Award, their songs have appeared in print music and church hymnals, and Dick and Mel have shared the platform with some of Christian music's most significant artists. As well, they have participated in literally hundreds of recording projects as studio vocalist, keyboard player, arranger(s) and producer. They have recorded 8 projects together, and Dick has recorded 5 solo instrumental projects. The couple has penned more than 150 songs, many of which have been recorded by other Christian artists.
Dick and Mel have embarked on yet another phase of the journey. Sensing that their work at the First Baptist Church of Columbia, TN, was complete, the couple turned over a very healthy worship ministry to the staff of the church and began a new chapter that includes a continuing of worship leading at conferences and gatherings of parachurch ministries, and a renewed emphasis on songwriting with a formalized publishing relationship with Lifeway Worship.