Musicians don’t come more stellar, multi-faceted and gifted than Randy Hall, an ace guitarist, vocalist, composer, arranger and performer. The Chicago-native has been a highly coveted musician for several decades and a chart-topping R&B star in his own right and as a supporting player for an impressive, genre-defying resume of artists that began with The Staple Singers at age 15, The Dells, Ramsey Lewis, Roberta Flack, Diana Ross, Snoop Dogg, Dave Koz and – most definitively – the man who launched Hall as an international player with whom to be reckoned: the legendary Miles Davis.
In 2019, after decades away from recording his own music, Randy Hall has made an astounding return with two runaway hit singles on the U.K.’s Six Nine Records label. Hall recalls, “A year ago, a guy named Neil Pounds with the label Six Nine Records in London reached out to me on Facebook asking if I had any old songs lying around that I might like to put in the marketplace.
A strategy to conquer America became even more of a necessity in 2019 after another vault song he dusted off, “I Love What We Make Together,” became a key component of a Miles Davis project, Rubberband, that also shot up the charts – this time on the jazz side. This is poignant because it was with Davis that Randy first sprang to international attention. First, Randy was a co-writer and player on the 1981 instrumental “Shout,” the first song to reintroduce Davis after 6 years away with a splashy funky flair. Then Randy was the lyricist and vocalist of the album’s mood-drenched title track, The Man with The Horn, a welcome back tribute to the legend that became a jazz and Quiet Storm radio classic. This was a huge honor because Miles almost never featured vocalists on his projects (the one previous exception being working with singer/songwriter Bob Dorough on the holiday novelty “Blue Xmas”). It was also quite an accomplishment because Hall was only 21 when that album was released by corporate giant Columbia Records.
The success of “I Love What We Make Together” (originally written with the late Al Jarreau as its intended singer), as well as additional Rubberband songs that feature Lalah Hathaway and Ledisi, all bring Randy back full circle to his roots.
For a follow-up, Randy came back with another song in February, 2020 entitled “A New Way of Love,” a song that channels the arranging mastery of the iconic Barry White with a building block intro, female background vocalists and some sophisticated harmonic surprises in the bridge. It, too, flew to #1 on the international charts, prompting Randy to set his sights on the American market. Randy followed with another hot single in July, 2020 “A Beautiful Dream” which hit the top 30 on Billboard and hit the #1 spot on the UK Soul Chart. This single inspired women worldwide through his lyrics which focused on empowering women and recognizing their hard work and life long achievements as they strive to balance personal and work life demands. Finally in July, 2021 Randy released a very soulful single that was truly a romantic ballad that hit the top 5 on the International Charts and top 30 on Billboard.
Right after his tremendous success with Miles Davis on the aforementioned The Man with The Horn, Randy was briefly a member of the highly respected Seattle-launched funk-jazz band Pleasure for the album Give it Up (RCA – 1982)
featuring the Top 30 single “Sending My Love.” A move to Los Angeles and connecting with equally ubiquitous Ray Parker Jr. resulted in Randy being signed to MCA Records for which he recorded two albums: I Belong To You (1984) which garnered the Top 20 R&B hit “I’ve Been Watching You (Jamie’s Girl)” followed by Love You Like a Stranger (1988) which contained the Top 40 single “Slow Starter.” Randy did some live showcases and was featured on the TV programs “Soul Train” and “Solid Gold” but, ultimately, his taste of the spotlight did not pan out the way he would have liked.
Randy also worked behind the scenes as a member of the touring band of Ray Parker Jr. (who’s schedule was always reasonable), collaborating with unsung producer/writer Raymond Jones for songs in Spike Lee’s films “Clockers” and “Get On The Bus” as well as “Soul Men” (which starred Bernie Mac, Samuel L. Jackson and Isaac Hayes). He also collaborated with Nick Mundy on projects for soul-pop star Jefferey Osborne, mentoring singer/songwriter Nina Storey (including playing onstage with her at the infamous “Woodstock `94”) and young gun blues guitar slinger Jonny Lang, scoring the dramatic television series “Dawson’s Creek,” and contributing to recordings by artists ranging from TV star turned singer Jasmine Guy, R&B vocal group TROOP and west coast rap icons Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg to legendary divas Roberta Flack and “The Boss” Diana Ross.
For more information on Randy Hall, you can visit: www.randyhallmusic.com.
At present Randy Hall is busy touring, playing at key events, and promoting his current multiple No 1 – hit single in collaboration with the Terri Green Project – ‘Turnt Up Tonight‘ available on all digital platforms to buy.
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