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, the son of Leonard N. Stonehill and his wife, Pauline Correia and is the younger brother of Jeffrey Dean Stonehill. [3 ]
He graduated from
Leigh High School, in San Jose, California, then moved to Los Angeles where he stayed with 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!" [5 ]
A year later, Stonehill made his film acting debut in
sequel, The Blob (also known as Beware! The Blob Son of Blob), with Cindy Williams where he performed the unreleased song "Captain Coke". He also made a cameo appearance in the 1973 [6 ] Billy Graham film Time to Run, performing his song I Love You. [7 ]
In 1976, Stonehill released the
Larry Norman-produced , with Welcome to Paradise 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
for the Daniel Amos 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.
teamed Stonehill with longtime friend Celebrate This Heartbeat Phil Keaggy for the song Who Will Save The Children? The two later formed The Keaggy/Stonehill Band in 1989 with bassist Daniel Amos Tim Chandler and David Raven on drums. Keaggy and Stonehill would also team up with singer Swirling Eddie's Margaret Becker, drummer Joe English (former member of ) and others, in 1988 for the Paul McCartney and Wings album Compassion All Star Band's One by One. Marriages and family [edit ]
Stonehill has been married three times, to Sarah Mae Finch, Sandra Jean Warner, and Leslie Sealander,
with the first two marriages ending in divorce. He has one daughter, Heather. Finch subsequently married [8 ] Larry Norman [9 ] Discography [edit ] Born Twice, 1971 debut album Get Me Out of Hollywood, recorded 1973, not officially released until 2003 , 1976, produced by Welcome to Paradise Larry Norman , recorded 1977, released 1980, produced by Larry Norman The Sky Is Falling , 1981, produced by Between the Glory and the Flame Terry Scott Taylor , 1982, produced by Terry Scott Taylor Equator , 1984, produced by Barry Miller Kaye Celebrate This Heartbeat Stonehill, 1984 EP, produced by Barry Miller Kaye , 1985, produced by Barry Miller Kaye Love Beyond Reason , 1986, produced by Dave Perkins The Wild Frontier , 1988, produced by Dave Perkins Can't Buy a Miracle , 1989, produced by Return to Paradise Mark Heard , 1990 live album, produced by Mark Heard Until We Have Wings , 1991, produced by Terry Scott Taylor Wonderama , 1993 compilation, with 3 new tracks produced by Terry Scott Taylor Stories , 1994, produced by Jimmy Lee Sloas Lazarus Heart Our Recollections, 1996 compilation , 1998, produced by Thirst 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 [edit ] Time to Run, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 1973 album, produced by Anthony Harris (Stonehill performs on three tracks) , tribute to Strong Hand of Love Mark Heard, 1994 , tribute to Orphans of God Mark Heard, 1996 , First Love: a Historic Gathering of Jesus Music Pioneers Jesus Movement artist reunion album, 1998 , tribute to Surfonic Water Revival 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 Videography [edit ] (also known as Beware! The Blob 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 , VHS, 1998; Re-released on DVD, 2005 Jesus Movement, Volume 2 Together Live in concert with Phil Keaggy, DVD, 2006 Works [edit ] "Married Strangers", Christianity Today (Spring 1999),. [10 ] References [edit ] ^ 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. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 879. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. ^ Beware! The Blob IMDB.com ^ Time to Run IMDB.com ^ facebook ^ California Marriage Index, Brides 1980-1985, page 5,413. ^ 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. External links [edit ]