Randy Stonehill

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Randy Stonehill
Randy Stonehill.jpg
In concert May 2014 in Fremont, California
Background information
Birth name Randall Evan Stonehill
Born (1952-03-12) March 12, 1952 (age 62)
Origin Stockton, California, United States
Genres Contemporary Christian, folk, pop
Years active 1971–present
Labels Solid Rock, Myrrh, StreetLevel
Website www.randystonehill.com

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 some of his albums have focused on new wave, pop rock, roots rock, and children's music.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Randy Stonehill was born in Stockton, California on March 12, 1952,[3] the son of Leonard N. Stonehill and his wife, Pauline Correia and is the younger brother of Jeffrey Dean Stonehill.

He graduated from Leigh High School, in San Jose, California, then moved to Los Angeles where he stayed with pioneer Christian Rock singer, Larry Norman.[4]

Career[edit]

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.[5]

In 1976, Stonehill released the Larry Norman-produced Welcome to Paradise, with Andy Johns 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[edit]

Stonehill has been married three times, to Sarah Mae Finch, Sandra Jean Warner, and Leslie Sealander, [6] with the first two marriages ending in divorce. He has one daughter, Heather. Finch subsequently married Larry Norman[7]

Discography[edit]

Compilations and productions[edit]

Videography[edit]

  • 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

Works[edit]

  • "Married Strangers", Christianity Today (Spring 1999),.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 878–883. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Source Citation: Birthdate: Mar 12, 1952; Birth County: San Joaquin. Source Information: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995
  4. ^ W. K. McNeil, ed., Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music (Routledge: 2005):377.
  5. ^ Time to Run IMDB.com
  6. ^ facebook
  7. ^ California Marriage Index, Brides 1980-1985, page 5,413.
  8. ^ Randy Stonehill (July 25, 2010). "Married Strangers | Kyria". Christianitytoday.com. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • McNeil, W.K. "Stonehill, Randy", in Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music (Routledge, 2005):377-378.

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