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The best kept secret in music


"Marlena Randall Wins January SingerUniverse “Best Vocalist Of The Month” Competition"

By Dale Kawashima

Marlena Randall, a talented vocalist & songwriter based in Riverside, CA, has won the January SingerUniverse “Best Vocalist Of The Month” Competition, for her performance of her song “Just To See You There.” This song is one of 10 cuts included on her upcoming album, At Any Hour, which she will release independently next month (February 2005). Another song from her CD, “It Won’t Be Me,” was also named one of the Top 5 vocal performances of the month.

Marlena Randall
“Just To See You There” is a well written and produced pop ballad, which showcases Randall’s clear, powerful vocal performance. Later in the recording, the melody shifts into a higher key, which allows Randall’s vocals to adeptly soar into a higher range. In addition, the song’s lyrics are articulate and thoughtful, with Randall writing about a friend whom she cares deeply about.

Randall, 22, was born in San Bernardino, CA, and when she was 10, she moved with her family to Canyon Lake (near Riverside). She grew up in an active music environment, with both her father and grandmother being singers. “Music has always been a part of me,” explained Randall. “I decided when I was about 12, that I wanted to be a (professional) singer. I’ve gotten great encouragement and support from both my family and friends.”

During high school, Randall kept a busy schedule as a singer and stage performer. She did musical theater, sang solo at events and in the school choir, and was on the dance team. When she was 17, she entered the Miss America Pageant, and she became Miss West Riverside County. Two years later she entered again, and she reached a higher level, being named Miss Inland Empire. Randall has continued her education, and she is currently attending California Baptist University in Riverside, where she will graduate this May with a Bachelor's Degree in Music.

Marlena Randall
Randall has also developed her songwriting skills, and she has learned to play piano and guitar for writing purposes. Last summer (2004), she began recording her debut album with veteran producer/writer Josquin Des Pres at his Track Star Studios in San Diego. "I’m really excited to have finished my album, and Josquin has done a great job as producer,” said Randall. “There’s a good variety of songs on the CD. ‘Just To See You There’ is more pop, but many of the songs are more progressive rock, like Evanescence. With my songwriting, I wanted to make every song (and lyric) have a purpose, to make people think. Some of the themes are about society, eternity, people who are lost and hurting, having faith, and reaching out and helping people.”

2005 figures to be a promising year in Randall’s development as a successful singer & songwriter. When she graduates from college in May, she plans to aggressively promote her album, and regularly perform live with the new band she has formed. “I’m really looking forward to pushing my CD full-force,” she said, “and bringing my music to as many people as possible.”

- Singer Universe


At Any Hour - LP - 2005


Feeling a bit camera shy


Singer/Songwriter Marlena Randall bears her heart and soul on her freshman album, "At Any Hour."
The album brings in veteran musician/songwriter/producer, Josquin Des Pres as well as several other top notch musicians. David Stark on guitar (Kimberley Locke, Usher), Nick D'Virgillio on drums (Tears for Fears, Peter Gabriel, Genesis), and Scott Gorham on keyboard (Cher, Richard Marx). Des Pres serves as the bassist as well as the producer of the album.
The album features a collection of guitar driven rock tracks as well as gripping ballads. Randall uses her extensive years of vocal traing to ascend and dance in harmony with the music, assuring that this album will satisfy the musical ear as well as the intelligent mind.

Marlena is a 23 year old singer songwriter from Southern California. She has recently graduated from California Baptist University with a degree in Music/Vocal Performance. She has been writing her own music for the past 6 years, and has been training professionally in voice for the past 12. She has been trained in the styles of Classical, Opera, Pop, Rock, Theater, Jazz, and Choral.
No stranger to the stage, Marlena has been performing her entire life through solo performances, choirs, and theater productions. She has held both titles of Miss Riverside County as well as Miss Inland Empire through the Miss America Organization.
Growing up, Marlena turned to more unique artists for inspiration such as Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, and Alanis Morissette. The outcome being a style all of her own; progressive spiritual rock meets power pop vocals.