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|Birth name||Randall Evan Stonehill|
|Born||March 12, 1952|
|Origin||Stockton, California, United States|
|Genres||Contemporary Christian, folk, pop|
|Labels||Solid Rock, Myrrh, StreetLevel|
Randall Evan "Randy" Stonehill (born March 12, 1952) is an American singer-songwriter from Stockton, California, best known as one of the pioneers of contemporary Christian music. His music is primarily folk rock in the style of James Taylor, but he has assayed other styles, with various albums focused on new wave, pop rock, roots rock, and children's music.
Stonehill's first album, Born Twice was released in 1971, with financial help from Pat Boone. The album—one side a live performance, the other side recorded in a studio—was recorded for a mere $US 800, and according to Stonehill, "sounds like every penny of it!"
A year later, Stonehill made his film acting debut in The Blob sequel, Beware! The Blob (also known as Son of Blob), with Cindy Williams. He also made a cameo appearance in the 1973 Billy Graham film Time to Run, performing his song I Love You.
In 1976, Stonehill released the Larry Norman-produced Welcome to Paradise, with Andy Johns (The Who, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin) doing the engineering. This became a landmark album for the songwriter and was voted "3rd most important contemporary Christian album" in a mid-1980s poll of Christian music critics.
In the late 1970s, Stonehill would join forces with rock band Daniel Amos for the Amos 'n' Randy Tour. Daniel Amos would go on to be Stonehill's band for his next two releases, and Stonehill would later provide backing vocals on a number of Daniel Amos' projects.
1984's Celebrate This Heartbeat teamed Stonehill with longtime friend Phil Keaggy for the song Who Will Save The Children? The two later formed The Keaggy/Stonehill Band in 1989 with Daniel Amos bassist Tim Chandler and Swirling Eddie's David Raven on drums. Keaggy and Stonehill would also team up with singer Margaret Becker, drummer Joe English (former member of Paul McCartney and Wings) and others, in 1988 for the Compassion All Star Band's album One by One.
Marriages and family
Stonehill has been married three times, to Sarah Mae Finch, Sandra Jean Warner, and Leslie,[full name needed] with the first two marriages ending in divorce. He has one daughter, Heather. Finch subsequently married Larry Norman
- Born Twice, 1971 debut album
- Get Me Out of Hollywood, recorded 1973, not officially released until 2003
- Welcome to Paradise, 1976, produced by Larry Norman
- The Sky Is Falling, recorded 1977, released 1980, produced by Larry Norman
- Between the Glory and the Flame, 1981, produced by Terry Scott Taylor
- Equator, 1982, produced by Terry Scott Taylor
- Celebrate This Heartbeat, 1984, produced by Barry Miller Kaye
- Stonehill, 1984 EP, produced by Barry Miller Kaye
- Love Beyond Reason, 1985, produced by Barry Miller Kaye
- The Wild Frontier, 1986, produced by Dave Perkins
- Can't Buy a Miracle, 1988, produced by Dave Perkins
- Return to Paradise, 1989, produced by Mark Heard
- Until We Have Wings, 1990 live album, produced by Mark Heard
- Wonderama, 1991, produced by Terry Scott Taylor
- Stories, 1993 compilation, with 3 new tracks produced by Terry Scott Taylor
- Lazarus Heart, 1994, produced by Jimmy Lee Sloas
- Our Recollections, 1996 compilation
- Thirst, 1998, produced by Rick Elias
- Uncle Stonehill's Hat Uncle Stonehill, 2001 children's album produced by Terry Scott Taylor
- Edge of the World, 2002, produced by Bob Kilpatrick and Stonehill
- Together Live, 2006 live album recorded with Phil Keaggy
- Touchstone, 2007
- Paradise Sky, 2008, produced by Randy Stonehill and Mike Pachelli
- Mystery Highway, 2009, produced by Phil Keaggy and Randy Stonehill
- Spirit Walk, 2011, produced by Mike Pachelli and Randy Stonehill
Compilations and productions
- Time to Run, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 1973 album, produced by Anthony Harris (Stonehill performs on three tracks)
- Strong Hand of Love, tribute to Mark Heard, 1994
- Orphans of God, tribute to Mark Heard, 1996
- First Love: a Historic Gathering of Jesus Music Pioneers, Jesus Movement artist reunion album, 1998
- Surfonic Water Revival, tribute to surf music, 1998
- When Worlds Collide: A Tribute to Daniel Amos, Daniel Amos tribute album, 1999
- Making God Smile: An Artists' Tribute to the Songs of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Brian Wilson tribute album, 2002
- Beware! The Blob (also known as Son of Blob). Motion Picture, 1972.
- Time to Run, World Wide Pictures. Motion Picture, 1973
- Love Beyond Reason: The Video Album, VHS, 1985
- One Night In 20 Years, anniversary live concert, VHS, 1990
- First Love: An Historic Gathering of Artists from the Jesus Movement, Volume 2, VHS, 1998; Re-released on DVD, 2005
- Together Live in concert with Phil Keaggy, DVD, 2006
- "Married Strangers", Christianity Today (Spring 1999),.
- Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 878–883. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.
- Chris Willman, "Randy Stonehill: Turning Twenty: Celebrates 20 Years of Humor, Humanity, & the Hope of Glory", CCM (August 1990), http://www.nifty-music.com/stonehill/ccm0890.html
- Source Citation: Birthdate: Mar 12, 1952; Birth County: San Joaquin. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
- W. K. McNeil, ed., Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music (Routledge: 2005):377.
- Time to Run IMDB.com
- California Marriage Index, Brides 1980-1985, page 5,413.
- Randy Stonehill (July 25, 2010). "Married Strangers | Kyria". Christianitytoday.com. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- McNeil, W.K. "Stonehill, Randy", in Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music (Routledge, 2005):377-378.