John Randolph

John Randolph

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John's music has been described as James Taylor and America meet Toad the Wet Sprocket and The Gin Blossoms. He combines singer/songwriter sensibilities with a "jangle-pop" "alt-country" sound.

Biography

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.”

Lyrics

"Rewind"

Written By: John Randolph

Don't ask me why
Don't ask me to try and justify
Things we've said
Things going on inside my head

It just takes time, a little time
A little time to figure out
This mind of mine
And all its pressures

Won't you believe me when I say
There's something inside I can't explain
All I need is this precious time
To close my eyes and just rewind

Don't say goodbye
Give me a chance to really try
To fix some things
To lick my wounds and mend your wings

You'll see in time
The pain I caused could be left behind
I can't forget
Everything you ever said

Won't you believe me when I say
There's something inside I can't explain
All I need is this precious time
To close my eyes and just rewind

"Blur"

Written By: John Randolph

There's something hazy in my head
I can't remember what I've said
It seems I've left them far behind
I've crossed some borders in my mind

I can't keep track of the days
My mind so lost in the haze
All the rest is such a blur

Tell me where do I fit in
Tell me where why and when
I feel so cold now I can't feel
Would someone tell me if this is real

I can't keep track of the days
My mind so lost in the haze
All the rest is such a blur

I can't keep track of the days
My mind so lost in the haze
And all the rest is just a blur

" Losing You"

Written By: John Randolph

Should I just get in my car
A thousand miles to where you are
It seems I'm changing everyday now
I keep my eyes on the western sky
It feels so good to be this high
After being low for so long

Can't we leave the past behind
Be together in our own time
Maybe if we give it just one last try

I still want to be with you
Doing the things we used to do
Like drinking coffee in the rain
Baby I'm so in love with you
And the silly things you do
But it feels like I'm losing you

Sorry for all those things I said
So much bullshit in my head
Never really meant to hurt you
I feel I'm really not myself
But I'm in love with no one else
Can't you hear me crying now

Can't we leave the past behind
Be together in our own time
Maybe if we give it just one last try

I still want to be with you
Doing the things we used to do
Like drinking coffee in the rain
Baby I'm so in love with you
And the silly things you do
But it feels like I'm losing you

"Silver Blue"

Written By: John Randolph

Looking out across the ocean
A shooting star across the sky
Silver moon off blue reflections
Lucid visions in my mind's eye

Nothing lasts forever
Nothing is as it seems
Truth lies within
There's freedom in our dreams

A crystal rain falls down upon me
City lights come into view
I feel this place is so familiar
All I see is silver blue

Nothing lasts forever
Nothing is as it seems
Truth lies within
There's freedom in our dreams
Nothing lasts forever
Nothing is as it seems
The truth lies within
There's freedom in our dreams

Hop a plane in your direction
A few more hours and I'm with you
Soaring through some cirrus clouds now
And all I see is silver blue

Nothing lasts forever
Nothing is as it seems
The truth lies within
There's freedom in our dreams

"Balance"

Written By: John Randolph

I beleive in heaven
I believe in hell
I can see the darkness
Without which I couldn't tell the light

Sometimes it feels
There's two of me inside
Harder to tell
The wrong from the right

La - La - La - La - La - La

I can feel the wind blow
I can be so still
And I believe that weakness
Is strength sometimes
Disguised within our will

Time will pass
We grow older with the days
And yet inside
A child still remains
And then there's times
The sun shines on my face
Oh and then sometimes
I want to leave this place

La - La - La - La - La - La

Shadows

Written By: John Randolph

SHADOWS

When you're not here
The shadows talk to me
They tellme things
Things I don't need to hear

I try and fight
These visions in my head
They burn my eyes
Swallowing up the light

Who are you to say these things
Who are you to ask me
Who are you to say these things
Then ask me why

The place I am
The loneliness fills my lungs
So hard to breathe
No longer can see the sun

I try to fly from this world
Another point of view
These questions burn inside me
No answers it seems in sight

Who are you to say these things
Who are you to ask me
Who are you to say these things
Then ask me why

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.

Set List

The typical set averages about 45 minutes to an hour in which I will play between 12-15 songs depending on how much I interact with the audience. I perform mostly original material and the covers I do play compliment my originals quite nicely.

Originals - Blur, Silver Blue, Shadows, Losing You, Rewind, Romeo's Lament, Leave It All Behind, Balance, Summer Rain, Something About Her, Time,

Covers - Once I Was (Tim Buckley), For My Lover (Tracy Chapman), Babylon and Hospital Food (David Gray), Weather With You and Don't Dream It's Over (Crowded House), Fall Down (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Found Out About You (Gin Blossoms), Horse With No Name and Ventura Highway (America), She's Only Happy in the Sun (Ben Harper), Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)