Ricky Atkinson and Compassion is a south Georgia based Gospel music trio. From the small town of Sylvester in the southwest corner of the state, they travel all over the country taking the good news of Jesus to the world. The goal of the group is to bring the lost to salvation, but the focus of the group is to uplift and encourage the church of today. The testimony, music, lyrics, attitude and delivery of this group is real. The greatest desire they have is to carry these great words in song, to all who will receive its great message. Let me introduce the group to you….

Ricky Atkinson
Ricky Atkinson
Ricky was saved at the age of seven at Faith Baptist Church, where his dad was pastor, in Bishopville, SC. Ricky started singing with family as a young man and continued through the teen years. In 1987, he began his career in music by playing piano for a Lance Carpenter trio called The Campmeeting Trio, as they traveled and playing in many camp meetings across the south. In 1988, he started singing lead with his first group, The Camp meeting Boys. In 1991, he formed a male trio called Kindred Spirit. Ricky sang solo for two years from 1994 to 1996. In 1996, he joined the Wilburns from Carthage, TN. In 1999, Ricky returned to south Georgia to form Ricky Atkinson and Compassion. Ricky is most noted for being one of Gospel music’s top songwriters. Along with being a songwriter, he is also producer, arranger, publisher and president of two recording labels for Resting Place Music. Ricky sings lead and is the group manager.

Greg Cook
RAC member - Greg Cook
Greg was born in Texarkana, AR where his father was Pastor of a church. He started singing at age three and eventually became the music director at his father’s church before leaving for college to pursue the ministry as a Minister of Music. Greg was saved after many years of “playing church.” He is thankful that the Lord kept calling him and that he realized salvation is through the blood of Jesus and not through a denomination. In 1987 he began his professional singing career as the tenor for The Florida Boys Quartet. While with the Florida Boys he was privileged to be a part of the “Gaither Homecoming Video Series.” One of Greg’s most recognized songs is a song he sang while with the Florida Boys, “When He Was on the Cross.” In 1996 he then joined Tony Gore & Majesty before leaving the road full time in 1998 to return to being a full time Minster of Music.

Keith Cantrell

Keith Cantrell was born in Forest City, NC and began playing the piano in his home church and singing with his parents as a small child. Through the years, his heart and passion has been leading God’s people to the throne through the means of music. Even though he began his early adult years in the banking industry as a branch manager and business banker, he always served in the music ministry of his church. He has played and directed choirs and conferences all over the southeast. Today, he is one of the music ministers and pianist at First Baptist Indian Trail and resides in China Grove, NC with his wife Tonya.

RAC has been nominated for many awards
since being founded in 1999:

20 – “Songwriter of the Year” – 1999, 2000 (2), 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 (2), 2007, 2008 (2), 2009, 2010, 2011 (2), 2012, 2013, 2014

5 – “Group of the Year” – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012

3 – “Album of the Year” – 2004, 2005, 2010

4 – “Song of the Year” – 2000, 2003, 2005, 2010

4 – “Trio of the Year” – 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010

6 – “Favorite Male Singer” – 2004, 2005, 2008 (2), 2011, 2012, 2014

2 – “Favorite Female Singer” – 2004, 2005

6 – “Favorite Artist Website” – 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014

1 – “Horizon Group of the Year” – 2002

1 – “Horizon Individual” – 2003

2 – “Mixed Group of the Year” – 2004, 2005

Favorite Industry Website – 2008

Ricky Atkinson and Compassion was voted “TRIO OF THE YEAR – 2005”, by the Southern Gospel Music Fan Fair

Major Appearances:
Gospel Music Television

The World Premier

National Quartet Convention


Silver Dollar City

Celebration Cruise

Gospel Music Fan Fair

Daystar Network

and many more….

Ricky Atkinson’s most noted songs, written or co-written:
This Valley is For Me – # 3

Resting Place – # 1

Left Behind – # 7

Blessed Be the Name of the Lord – # 1

Good Time Today in the House of the Lord – # 7

I’m Blessed – #5

The Prodigal – #2

Only Gonna Never Die – # 2

Jesus Can – #1

Based on a True Story – # 4

Who’s At the Door – # 7

The Prodigal’s Father – # 4

I Have Not Forgotten – # 1

Table of the King – # 4

One More Time – # 9

and many more……