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Singer songwriter John Randolph releases his pop debut album, “Shadows” at 8:00 p.m. on July 7, 2007 at The Red Cup Coffee House in Oklahoma City, OK. Self-produced and recorded in his home studio, Randolph engineered and played all instruments on the project. “I’ve been flying under the radar of the local music scene for several years, playing the occasional coffee house gig and working on the record, while pursuing a philosophy degree at the University of Central Oklahoma.” says Randolph. “Shadows was an organic process that evolved with time and persistence. I didn’t have a band at the time, but I had total creative freedom and control.”

“Shadows” merges pop, folk, americana, and jazz and addresses serious subject matter. “The music is upbeat, but some of the lyrics are fairly dark. However, what I hope ultimately comes through is my sense of optimism.” Randolph explains. Independent Toronto producer Ray Dillard says,” John represents an original, creative voice in popular music. Sometimes introspective, always thought-provoking."

Raised in the Mid-Ohio Valley, Randolph enlisted in the United States Air Force and moved to Oklahoma in 1992 where he was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. A few years later, he formed his first rock band, Mundane Rain influenced by alternative rock bands such as Toad the Wet Sprocket and The Gin Blossoms. When they disbanded in 1998, John pursued a path as a solo singer songwriter. Randolph credits Ryan Adams, Nick Drake, Pete Yorn, John Mayer and most importantly, Jeff Buckley as major influences.

Randolph was inspired by the independent music movement and he decided to set up a bare bones recording studio in his home. “When I heard David Gray’s White Ladder, it seemed possible to make marketable music without the big studio budget. Today’s technology has leveled the playing field for independent musicians”. Former Oklahoma City guitarist and composer Mark Cruz states, “Randolph delivers the realized dream of complete artistic expression.”

Randolph has recently begun work with local musicians as he prepares to form a new band. “I enjoyed the solo endeavor of “Shadows” but miss the camaraderie of being in a band.” says Randolph. Until then, he looks forward to the album release and performing regularly again as a solo musician. “I miss the immediate feedback of the crowd and I’ve been craving the interaction with a live audience. Just me and my guitar and someone to listen; there’s nothing to hide behind.”

For additional information on John Randolph or the “Shadows” album release, visit www.johnrandolph.com. “Shadows” is available for purchase from the website.
- Oklahoma City singer songwriter surfaces with an introspective new album


Discography

Shadows - July 2007

"Blur" - Featured on NoNzine's weekly podcast in early 2008.

"Rewind" - Featured on the "Home Grown" show on KYIS 98.9 FM late 2007

"Balance" - Included into the MTV catalog via A&R Select out of Hollywood.

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Oklahoma City singer-songwriter John Randolph merges pop, rock, folk, americana, and jazz. His lyrics honestly explore the depths of depression, but with optimistic self-revelation. He writes about the complexities of relationships, a desire for acceptance, and a longing for clarity. Using percussive rhythms and jazz progressions with accessible pop sensibilities, Randolph delivers expressive, Appalachian-tinged vocals.

Raised in the Mid-Ohio Valley, John Randolph was handed his father’s trumpet when he was only two years old and surprised his family with one perfect tone. “My parents were always very supportive of my music and made sure I had the tools to pursue it”, says Randolph. He grew up listening to his father’s Herb Alpert, Al Hurt, and Rafael Mendez records. In junior high school he discovered 1980’s contemporary jazz artists like Wynton Marsalis and Jeff Tyzik and the iconic Miles Davis, and Doc Severinson. He started writing songs and playing piano at sixteen, under the pop influence of Richard Marx, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel. He eventually discovered his love for the guitar in his early twenties.

It was at this time that Randolph heard alternative bands Toad the Wet Sprocket and Big Head Todd and The Monsters, and was inspired to form his first rock band, Mundane Rain. The group played predominately to the college crowd and the festival circuit and recorded an album for Rival Records in Marble Falls, Texas. “Unfortunately, the band and our management had conflicting interests and the deal ultimately went sour.” he said. Shortly thereafter Mundane Rain disbanded and Randolph began a long, emotional journey culminating in a personal and musical revelation. “Music has been the one constant in my life and helped me gain perspective through the more difficult times. Though self-expression I came to realize a truer sense of purpose. ”

The result of this self-expression is Shadows, Randolph’s debut cd, to be released on July 7, 2007. Self-produced and recorded in his home studio, he engineered and played all instruments on the project. “I had total creative freedom and control, which has both good and bad aspects. It was a great learning process. Today’s technology has leveled the playing field for independent musicians.” says Randolph. Similar to David Gray’s White Ladder, which was recorded in his London apartment, Shadows utilizes this technology and was born out of the spirit of independent creativity. Additionally, Randolph credits Ryan Adams, Nick Drake, Pete Yorn, John Mayer and most importantly, Jeff Buckley as artists who have influenced and inspired his songwriting, and creative expression.

Randolph looks forward to growing as an artist. “I feel that I have really only begun to scratch the surface of my songwriting abilities and feel I am always evolving as a musician. I love getting the opportunity to share my music and hope to inspire others the way I have been inspired.”