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Jon Randall

Jon Randall Stewart (born February 17, 1969 in Dallas, Texas) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. Signed to RCA Nashville in 1995, he debuted that year with the album What You Don't Know. A second album for RCA, 1996's Great Day to Be Alive, was recorded but never released. That same year, Randall entered Top 40 on the country charts as a duet partner on then-wife Lorrie Morgan's song "By My Side". A third album (and second to be released), 1998's Cold Coffee Morning, was issued on Asylum Records, followed by 1999's Willin′ on the independent Eminent label. Finally, in 2005, he issued Walking Among the Living on Epic Records.

Jon Randall
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Jon Randall
Background information
Birth nameJon Randall Stewart
Born (1969-02-17) February 17, 1969 (age 49)
OriginDallas, Texas, United States
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, mandolin
Years active1992-present
LabelsRCA Nashville, Asylum, Eminent, Epic
Associated actsJessi Alexander, Bill Anderson, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Lorrie Morgan, Brad Paisley

In addition to the four studio albums that he has released, and the three songs he has charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, Randall co-wrote the song "Whiskey Lullaby", which became a Top 5 hit when Brad Paisley recorded it as a duet with Alison Krauss on his 2003 album Mud on the Tires.

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BiographyEdit

Jon Randall Stewart was born on February 17, 1969 in Dallas, Texas.[1] In his teenage years, he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he found work as a guitarist in Emmylou Harris's band The Nash Ramblers.

In 1992, Randall won a Grammy award under the winner name 'Emmylou Harris & Nash Ramblers (Larry Altamanuik, Sam Bush, Roy Huskey, Jr., Al Perkins, Jon Randall Stewart), artists.' for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. The award was for the album "Live at the Ryman".[2]

Randall also participated in the Grammy winning project 'Carl Jackson and John Starling (with The Nash Ramblers), which won in 1991, but only Jackson and Starling received the award.[3]

In 1995, he was signed to RCA Records Nashville as a solo artist, releasing his debut album What You Don't Know that year. Due to a restructuring at the label, however, the album received little publicity, and its only chart single ("This Heart") peaked at No. 74 on the country charts.[4]

After the release of What You Don't Know, Randall set to work on a second album for RCA, entitled Great Day to Be Alive. During the recording session for this album, Randall met country singer Lorrie Morgan, whom he eventually married and with whom he performed the duet "By My Side" for both his own album and for her 1996 album Greater Need.[4] "By My Side" was released as a single in 1996, becoming Randall's only Top 40 hit on the country music charts and won a Music City News Award for Vocal Collaboration. Great Day to Be Alive was never released. However, its Darrell Scott-penned title track "It's a Great Day to Be Alive" would be recorded in 2002 by Travis Tritt for his album Down the Road I Go, from which it was released as a single.[4]

By 1998, Randall had moved to Asylum Records to record his third studio album. Entitled Cold Coffee Morning, this album produced singles in its title track and the song "She Don't Believe in Fairy Tales", the former of which reached No. 71 on the country charts. Randall and Morgan divorced around this point,[1] and Cold Coffee Morning also went unreleased.[5] A more Americana-oriented album, entitled Willin′, was issued in 1999 on the independent Eminent label.

2000sEdit

In 1998, Randall and country singer Bill Anderson co-wrote "Whiskey Lullaby". This song was inspired by Randall's manager who, upon noticing the singer's troubled life at the time, told Randall, "Every now and then, you've got to put a bottle to your head and pull the trigger."[4] Brad Paisley then selected the song for his 2003 album Mud on the Tires, recording "Whiskey Lullaby" as a duet with singer Alison Krauss. Released in 2004, Paisley's and Krauss's rendition of "Whiskey Lullaby" was a No. 2 hit on the country charts, earning its writers a Country Music Association award for Song of the Year.

Randall signed to his fourth recording contract in 2005, this time with Epic Records. His first album for Epic, Walking Among the Living, was issued that year. Included among its songs were the singles "Baby Won't You Come Home" and "I Shouldn't Do This", as well as Randall's own rendition of "Whiskey Lullaby".[4] In 2006, he married singer-songwriter Jessi Alexander, shortly before both she and Randall were dropped from their labels.[6]

In 2008, Gary Allan released the single "She's So California", which Randall and Allan co-wrote with Jaime Hanna of Hanna-McEuen. Randall also co-wrote The Lost Trailers' 2009 single "All This Love." In addition, he produced Dierks Bentley's 2010 album Up on the Ridge and co-wrote several tracks on it.

Randall contributed to the 2011 tribute album to The Moody Blues, Moody Bluegrass TWO...Much Love with lead vocal on the track "Highway" and backup vocal on "Tuesday Afternoon".[7]

He co-produced John Corbett's second album Leaving Nothin' Behind and wrote 7 of the 10 songs on the album.[8][9]

In November 2017, it was announced that Randall, Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song for their collaborative effort "Tin Man". The song was released as a single on Lambert's sixth studio album The Weight of These Wings, peaking at No. 15 on the Hot Country Songs chart and earned Lambert an additional Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance.

In April 2018, "Tin Man" received the Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year, awarded to songwriters Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, and Jon Randall.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Album details
What You Don't Know
Great Day to Be Alive
  • Release date: Unreleased
  • Label: RCA Nashville
Cold Coffee Morning
Willin'
  • Release date: September 21, 1999
  • Label: Eminent
Walking Among the Living

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1994 "I Came Straight to You" What You Don't Know
"This Heart" 74
1998 "She Don't Believe in Fairy Tales" Cold Coffee Morning
1999 "Cold Coffee Morning" 71
"Willin'" Willin'
2005 "Baby Won't You Come Home" Walking Among the Living
"I Shouldn't Do This"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singlesEdit

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Album
US Country US Bubbling CAN Country
1996 "By My Side" Lorrie Morgan 18 10 21 Greater Need

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
1994 "I Came Straight to You"[10] R. Brad Murano/Steven T. Miller
"This Heart" Joanne Gardner
1998 "She Don't Believe in Fairy Tales" Trey Fanjoy
2005 "Baby Won't You Come Home"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "Jon Randall biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  2. ^ GRAMMY Winners Search
  3. ^ GRAMMY Winners Search
  4. ^ a b c d e Hollabaugh, Lorie. "Jon Randall Is Back — Walking Among the Living". Great American Country. Retrieved 2008-05-12.[dead link]
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The encyclopedia of popular music. Oxford University Press. p. 761.
  6. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=OBYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA44&dq=%22jessi+alexander%22+%22jon+randall%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LD24U8rcCIyOyASe-ICYCg&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22jessi%20alexander%22%20%22jon%20randall%22&f=false
  7. ^ "Moody Bluegrass TWO...Much Love". Moody Bluegrass project website. Archived from the original on July 6, 2015. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  8. ^ Myers, Jim (February 28, 2013). "John Corbett shows love for country music on new album". The Tennessean. Gannett Company. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  9. ^ "Five Questions With John Corbett". ReDigi. January 29, 2013. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  10. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jon Randall : I Came Straight To You". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.