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Christian Country artist Randy Seedorff's new single, “Family Tree”
By CW Ross, January 29, 2021

“Family Tree,” is the first single from Randy Seedorff's upcoming EP, “Begin Again,” (MTS Records). 

Randy serves as pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, MO. 

Randy has been involved with music since he was only eleven when he got his first guitar from his mother. Since then for over thirty years he's been performing. Those years include playing in the local K. C. area with longtime friend Bill Abernathy. In 1992 Randy joined the popular Kansas City based bluegrass group Greenside Up as its lead singer and guitarist and performed with them until 1999. 

Randy's life took a big change when he was the victim of an an armed robbery that profoundly changed his life. The experience turned his full attention to both his life and music, and he rededicated himself to serving God. From 1999-2001 Randy studied at Midwestern Theological Seminary and began serving as a worship leader.

In 2010 Randy founded the group Soul Purpose. The band released their studio album, 'Rearview Mirror,' produced by Larry Gann and Matt Russo, of Awestruck Studios, in 2014. Randy then released his 7 track EP, Elevate, in 2017. And now he's getting ready to release his new, “Begin Again,” EP. The first single from the ep, “Family Tree,” is out now. 

When asked about the thoughts behind writing, “Family Tree,” Randy had this to say, “When I sat down to song write for “Begin Again,” I was reminded of my childhood,” said Seedorff. “I grew up in a musical family and my uncle and my mother were country music artists. Every time I pick up a guitar I am reminded of their legacy and positive influence in my life. If you have a family you must know that nothing changes your life quite like having children. Family Tree speaks about family and the joy of new life. There is no experience quite like the exhilarating moment when you look into your child's eyes for the very first time. My faith is a vital part of my life and guides and leads all that I do. My conversion experience was the beginning of a new life, a resurrection from the ashes, the defining moment that changed my heart, and set me on a fresh path to eternity. “ 

Website- https://randyseedorff.com/

Thanks to MTS Management Group for letting me know about Randy's music.

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Randy Seedorff Reminds Us Of What's On The Other Side Of Pandemic With "Family Tree" 
Fred Effendi,  MTS Management Group, January 27, 2021

Treat yourself to some adult contemporary, country goodness as you listen to Randy Seedorff’s latest offering, ‘Family Tree’. With the pandemic sweeping through the world and continually causing disruption to our plans, it’s been a notoriously difficult last 12 months to see family and loved ones. ‘Family Tree’ arrives at just the perfect time to remind us about what’s waiting on the other side – quality time with the ones we love. In ‘Family Tree’, Seedorff recounts treasured moments he’s had with family, starting with “Playing my guitar and we’re all singing/My uncle playing the piano”, before he confesses – “Oh how I miss those days”. He then reminisces on bringing new life into the world - “A portrait of that moment/Is etched on my mind”. ‘Family Tree’ makes us feel warm, fuzzy and nostalgic on the inside – although connecting with our families may be harder than ever these days, ‘Family Tree’ exists to give us hope that we’ll see them soon. Comparable to veterans such as Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw, Randy’s wonderful, vulnerable and soulful vocal performance breathes life into the track, and is easily the big highlight of the song – especially as he ascends into big, soaring notes towards the climax. Get comfortable, and listen to Randy Seedorff’s ‘Family Tree’ now. 

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Randy Seedorff – Family Tree 
January 16, 2021

A big beautiful celebration of the strength of one’s family defines Randy Seedorff’s heartfelt “Family Tree”. The bombast of the piece means it wears the heart on its sleeve, as the vocals have a great degree of compassion that seem to underly the entirety of the message. Everything about the track feels large: from the gargantuan guitar riffs that underpin the whole of the piece to his powerful voice that takes front and center stage. From this one singular impulse an entire world comes into view; his world, one that he is deeply proud of and proud to be a member of. 

The song starts up in earnest with a great blast of sound, as the whole of the piece grows and builds up in a way that accurately depicts the way family trees tend to expand. With such care to each detail, from the western twang of the guitars to the sheer reassurance of his voice, it all works to create a spirit of intimacy. Cyclical in nature the song’s dynamic works wonders in creating a sort of introspective quality, one that becomes potent and outright beautiful to behold. His is a message of pride; pride for his family, what it was, what it is, and what it will become. Layered sound further adds to the sense of community that the track encompasses. 

“Family Tree” shows off the unique prowess of Randy Seedorff in exploring a strong sense of purpose, one of pure happiness and joy.

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From The Inside Out by Randy Seedorff
January 22, 2021

The inspiration behind this song comes from the verse Ezekiel 36:26 which says "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you: I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." When God pours into someone's life his work begins in the heart.  A renewed heart filled with love sets in motion the transforming work of freedom and spiritual growth. God works from the inside out!

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NoteSpire Radio Artist Insight with Randy Seedorff
January 21, 2021

Randy Seedorff is our guest on this episode. Randy has been writing and performing for over 30 years, with his interest in music starting at the young age of 11 when his mother gave him his first guitar. But it was during his teens that he met singer, songwriter, guitarist and good friend Bill Abernathy. They frequently appeared at local venues in the Kansas City Area playing Americana and folk covers as well as co-written original tunes. That friendship and collaboration continues today. 

Randy founded the group Soul Purpose in 2010. They released their studio album Rearview Mirror, produced by Larry Gann and Matt Russo, of Awestruck Studios, in 2014. Randy released his 7 track EP, Elevate, in 2017. The first two releases from that project reached number 1 on Christian Radio Charts. Their new EP, Begin Again, is scheduled for release in Jan 2021. 

Randy serves as pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, MO. Soul Purpose plays frequently at churches, festivals and other events, bringing the love of God, through the vehicle of music to as many people as possible. 

Visit Randy at https://randyseedorff.com

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Exclusive Interview With Christian Country Artist Randy Seedorff
Michael Stover, January 20, 2021

Randy Seedorff is about to enter the next phase of his career…the veteran musician from Kansas City has just released his new single, “Family Tree” to rave reviews, and his new EP “Begin Again” will be hitting stores soon.  We caught up with Randy prior to the release of the EP, to talk about his music, life in the midwest, and what’s just around the corner for him… 

Hello Randy! How are things in Kansas City this time of year?
 Well its winter and typically in Kansas City the weather is unpredictable.  If you are a sports fan you know that the Kansas City Chiefs are going to be playing in the AFC Championship game for the opportunity to defend their title as Super Bowl Champions.

How has being from the Midwest influenced your music? Has it been beneficial, or a detriment? 
The music scene in the Midwest and especially in Kansas City is really diverse.  The city has a long history of Jazz and still has a number of live venues where you can enjoy that type of music.  Kansas City is also a great place to hear the blues.  I mean what better combination can you have than Kansas City Bar-B-Que and the blues?  I think being from the Midwest was a detriment when I was younger.  A lot of the great music at that time was happening on the coasts and it took some time to migrate to the Midwest.  Currently music travels much more quickly with digital platforms and social media.  I think being from the Midwest was beneficial because a lot of the great artists that were touring came through Kansas City on their way to other places.  I got the chance to see so many great concerts and artists that influenced me early in my music career.

Who are some of your main influences in music? 
I have always been influenced by writers and singers who played the guitar.  I grew up during a time when singer songwriters were flourishing in the music industry.  Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Chapin, Dan Fogelberg, Loggins and Messina, Brewer and Shipley to name a few.  The Eagles made a big impression on me as well.  Their songs were like the soundtrack of my life as a young man.  Their songs are still as relevant today as they were then, absolutely classic and timeless songwriting and stunning musicianship. 

Who do you look up to, on a personal level? 
I look up to Jesus as Savior and Lord of my life.  It took some rough times and very difficult trials to get to that place.  Through all of my mistakes and bad decisions He never left me or gave up on me.  My relationship with Him influences every part of my life and music. 

Tell us about working with Larry Gann and Awestruck Studios?
 My current project “Begin Again” is the third project that Larry Gann and I have worked together on.  Besides being an amazing recording engineer with 30 years’ experience in the industry, he is a world class producer.  He has worked with a list of amazing clients such as Elton John, The Backstreet Boys, John Rich from Big and Rich, Kansas, and many other national recording artists and labels.  In addition to all those positives Larry is great to work with, and a strong collaborator.  Awestruck Studios offers all the services needed to make the recording process a positive experience.

Congratulations on the release of the new single, “Family Tree.” When do you anticipate having the full length released?
We anticipate the full album release to happen in the next 30 days.  We are excited to be in the final stages of completing that process. 

Have you ever toured outside of Kansas City, and if so, where was your favorite place? Where do you hope to perform some day? 
In 2019 I had the opportunity to be a part of the Firefest tour with Shane Rootes in the UK.  We had a wonderful experience leading worship in cities of Northern England.  I have always been fascinated with The Grand Old Opry in Nashville Tennessee.  The Opry is truly a piece of American history.  Playing there would be a dream come true.

What is your personal favorite show you’ve ever attended? 
I really enjoyed the Eagles reunion tour that came through Kansas City a few years ago.  They just kept playing song after classic song.  Just when you thought they might be done playing hits, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and Glen Frey all played multi-platinum hits from their solo projects!  My favorite moments in the show were when the group played an acoustic set with just guitars and that five part harmony.  It was a memorable evening. 

What advice could you offer a young musician, who is just getting started in the business? 
I would say work on your songwriting as often as you can.  The thing that makes an artist unique and memorable is their songwriting.  Great songs are the fuel that drive the music business.  Keep writing and perfecting your craft. 

Any last words for your fans and our readers? 
We are excited about the release of our new album “Begin Again.”  You can find it on Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Spotify, Amazon Music, You Tube, Pandora, and iTunes.  You can watch music videos, and preview our catalog of music at randyseedorff.com.  Please friend us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  God bless you and stay safe and well!

Good luck Randy!  We’ll be waiting to hear what’s next for you! 

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The Spirit of Country: Randy Seedorff for Ebroadcast
Tom C Dowswell, January 18, 2021

RANDY SEEDORFF #1 Christian Country Artist Follows His Roots On New Single "Family Tree" for the very first time. My faith is a vital part of my life and guides and leads all that I do. My conversion experience was the beginning of a new life, a resurrection from the ashes, the defining moment that changed my heart, and set me on a fresh path to eternity. " Released on January 15th, 2021, the track is the first single from his forthcoming EP, "Begin Again" (MTS Records). The EP was recorded with Larry Gann (John Oates, Elton John).  Randy continues, "I loved writing and singing this song, because it takes me back to my roots.  Remembering where you came from is a great way to 'Begin Again." 

ABOUT RANDY SEEDORFF: In 1992, Randy Seedorff joined the popular Kansas City based bluegrass group, Greenside Up as its lead singer and guitarist and performed with them until 1999. During that time, he fell victim to an armed robbery that profoundly changed his life. The experience turned his full attention to both his life and music, and he rededicated himself to serving God. Randy founded the group Soul Purpose in 2010. They released their studio album "Rearview Mirror," produced by Larry Gann of AweStruck Studios in 2014. Randy released his 7 track EP, "Elevate," in 2017. The first two releases from that project reached number 1 on Christian Radio Charts. Randy serves as pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, MO. Soul Purpose plays frequently at churches, festivals and other events, bringing the love of God, through the vehicle of music to as many people as possible. 

A prolific songwriter, Randy is a member of both ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and GMA (Gospel Music Association). All his original music is published by Danjartay Music. Randy has artist endorsements with Petersen Tuners, G7th Capos, and Reverend Guitars.

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Randy Seedorff Is Putting Down Roots With New Single 'Family Tree' 
The single is from his upcoming EP, "Begin Again."
January 15, 2021

The Kansas City-based singer, songwriter and pastor has released the first single from his upcoming EP, "Begin Again." 

Randy Seedorff has been writing and performing for over 30 years, starting at age of 11, when his mother gave him his first guitar. A veteran singer, and songwriter, Randy comes from a musical family with a strong heritage in country music. It's that heritage that the Kansas City singer, songwriter and pastor recalls as part of his brand new single release, "Family Tree." 

"When I sat down to song write for "Begin Again," I was reminded of my childhood," said Seedorff. "I grew up in a musical family and my uncle and my mother were country music artists. Every time I pick up a guitar I am reminded of their legacy and positive influence in my life. If you have a family you must know that nothing changes your life quite like having children. Family Tree speaks about family and the joy of new life. There is no experience quite like the exhilarating moment when you look into your child's eyes for the very first time. My faith is a vital part of my life and guides and leads all that I do. My conversion experience was the beginning of a new life, a resurrection from the ashes, the defining moment that changed my heart, and set me on a fresh path to eternity. " 

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Released on January 15th, 2021, the track is the first single from his forthcoming EP, "Begin Again" (MTS Records). The EP was recorded with Larry Gann (John Oates, Elton John). 

Randy continues, "I loved writing and singing this song, because it takes me back to my roots. Remembering where you came from is a great way to 'Begin Again." 

ABOUT RANDY SEEDORFF: In 1992, Randy Seedorff joined the popular Kansas City based bluegrass group, Greenside Up as its lead singer and guitarist and performed with them until 1999. During that time, he fell victim to an armed robbery that profoundly changed his life. The experience turned his full attention to both his life and music, and he rededicated himself to serving God. 

Randy founded the group Soul Purpose in 2010. They released their studio album "Rearview Mirror," produced by Larry Gann of AweStruck Studios in 2014. Randy released his 7 track EP, "Elevate," in 2017. The first two releases from that project reached number 1 on Christian Radio Charts. 

Randy serves as pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, MO. Soul Purpose plays frequently at churches, festivals and other events, bringing the love of God, through the vehicle of music to as many people as possible. 

A prolific songwriter, Randy is a member of both ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and GMA (Gospel Music Association). All his original music is published by Danjartay Music. Randy has artist endorsements with Petersen Tuners, G7th Capos, and Reverend Guitars. 

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"Thirsty Thursday" Featuring Randy Seedorff 
Grubs and Grooves, January 15, 2021

Thank you so much for chatting with us Randy! Did you always want to be a musician or was there a specific moment that something happened that made you think "this is what I want to do with my life." If so, what was it? Being a musician was always something I wanted to do. There were so many talented musicians and singers in my family; that motivated me to want a career in music. There has never been a time in my life that I didn’t want to make music for a living. However, for several years music had to take a lesser priority in my life to building a career and raising a family. A few years ago I retired from my corporate job to pursue a calling into ministry as a worship pastor. I had been doing that bi-vocationally for almost 20 years and sensed that God was calling me to a deeper commitment in ministry and service for Him. It has been a real blessing and privilege to serve in that role. 

Which song off of your EP is the most dear to you and why? My older brother was a two tour veteran of the Vietnam War. Because of his service in the military he suffered from terrible PTSD. I was thinking of my brother, and many others who live with this same condition when I wrote the song “Never Alone.” The fact is that those with PTSD are never free of the memories and thoughts that trouble them. All it takes is a word or a laugh, or a certain phrase and they are right back in the moment that created their anxiety. I wrote “Never Alone” for my brother, and the men and women who serve in our military, fight fires, work in our ambulances and emergency rooms, and police our streets. 

What's the story behind your album's title? A friend of mine once told me that living life was series of riding waves. He’s originally from California where they do a lot of body surfing. When you surf you paddle out into the ocean and find just the right wave to catch and then ride it to the shore. What do you do when you run out of wave? What do you do when it’s time to start over? Where do you begin? For me it was a trip back to my country roots and songs from an earlier time in my life. The songs on this album are in essence me paddling out into the ocean to catch a “new wave.” It’s time for me to “Begin Again.” 

When/where do you do your best writing? That is a fabulous question because songwriting has happened for me in lots of unusual places! I have had the inspiration to write on the road in hotel rooms, in a rest area on the side of the road, overlooking a beautiful valley in the Rocky Mountains. I wrote two songs all alone on a deserted beach with only the sound of the waves gently arriving on the sand of the shore at my feet. For me I never know when the inspiration for a song will strike. Knowing that, I keep my recording device on my phone ready and a pen and paper close by just in case I hear a phrase or an idea that creates a spark in my mind or my heart. Songwriting for me happens when I am reading a lot, and listening well. 

Aside from singing do you play any instruments? Yes, I play acoustic and electric guitars. My love for guitar started when I was 11 years old. My mother was a country music artist and she had two stage guitars. She let me borrow her 1948 Gibson L-48 archtop to learn on until I saved enough money to buy my own instrument. I have bought and traded an unknown number of instruments over the years trying to find the ones I really wanted to use as tools to make music. Each guitarist has to find “their” instrument in my view. Every guitar I’ve ever owned has spoken to me in just the right way, and motivated me to write songs with it. 

What is one food that most people seem to like, but you cannot stand to eat. Anyone that knows me or has had lunch with me knows that I am really not fond of avocado. I mean people eat it on salad, and Mexican food, and even toast! I cannot get past the slimy consistency. 

Was there ever music playing in the kitchen growing up? My mother and dad played the radio a lot at our house growing up. They had one of those big stereo Television combination cabinets and they played records or listened to the radio. 

Home cooking or going out for dinner? I traveled for years and had my fill of eating out really. My wife is a fabulous cook and honestly we prefer to eat at home. I worked in the hospitality industry for 25 years so I spent a great deal of my adult life in restaurants. We still enjoy going out to eat for special occasions, and we definitely have our favorite places, and cuisine that we enjoy. 

Where is your favorite place to eat in your hometown? Again, Kansas City is the BBQ capital of the world in my view so there are a great number of excellent places to choose from. Either Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que or Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ are my favorites. 

If you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? I am from Kansas City Missouri and KC BBQ is the best in the world hands down! So I would definitely want to be sponsored by Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que without question!

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#1 Christian Country Artist Follows His Roots On New Single “Family Tree” 
MTS Management, January 15, 2021

The Kansas City-based singer, songwriter and pastor releases the first single from his upcoming EP, “Begin Again.”

Randy Seedorff has been writing and performing for over 30 years, starting at age of 11, when his mother gave him his first guitar. A veteran singer, and songwriter, Randy comes from a musical family with a strong heritage in country music. It’s that heritage that the Kansas City singer, songwriter and pastor recalls as part of his brand new single release, “Family Tree.” 

“When I sat down to song write for “Begin Again,” I was reminded of my childhood,” said Seedorff. “I grew up in a musical family and my uncle and my mother were country music artists. Every time I pick up a guitar I am reminded of their legacy and positive influence in my life. If you have a family you must know that nothing changes your life quite like having children. Family Tree speaks about family and the joy of new life. There is no experience quite like the exhilarating moment when you look into your child’s eyes for the very first time. My faith is a vital part of my life and guides and leads all that I do. My conversion experience was the beginning of a new life, a resurrection from the ashes, the defining moment that changed my heart, and set me on a fresh path to eternity. “ 

Released on January 15th, 2021, the track is the first single from his forthcoming EP, “Begin Again” (MTS Records). The EP was recorded with Larry Gann (John Oates, Elton John). 

Randy continues, “I loved writing and singing this song, because it takes me back to my roots. Remembering where you came from is a great way to ‘Begin Again.”

ABOUT RANDY SEEDORFF: In 1992, Randy Seedorff joined the popular Kansas City based bluegrass group, Greenside Up as its lead singer and guitarist and performed with them until 1999. During that time, he fell victim to an armed robbery that profoundly changed his life. The experience turned his full attention to both his life and music, and he rededicated himself to serving God. 

Randy founded the group Soul Purpose in 2010. They released their studio album “Rearview Mirror,” produced by Larry Gann of AweStruck Studios in 2014. Randy released his 7 track EP, “Elevate,” in 2017. The first two releases from that project reached number 1 on Christian Radio Charts. 

Randy serves as pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, MO. Soul Purpose plays frequently at churches, festivals and other events, bringing the love of God, through the vehicle of music to as many people as possible. 

A prolific songwriter, Randy is a member of both ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and GMA (Gospel Music Association). All his original music is published by Danjartay Music. Randy has artist endorsements with Petersen Tuners, G7th Capos, and Reverend Guitars. 

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Single Review: Randy Seedorff “Family Tree”
Colton Devonshire, January 12, 2021

A veteran of the country genre, Randy Seedorff has been bringing his love for music and the Lord together for decades upon decades. His latest release, “Family Tree,” is the next evolution of his sound. His lyricism is still as heartfelt as ever, reminiscing about the time he spent with his family, listening to country music, and his relationship with God. His bass vocals echo with nostalgia, and as much as this song is an ode to his family and relatives, who have helped him grow to become the man he is today, it is also an ode to his religion and country music, as a whole. The record has a vintage flair to it, while still being authentically Seedorff, through and through, with a rousing guitar and harmonious riffs that really invoke a listener’s interest. This is certainly not the beginning for Seedorff, and it is far from the end! 

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OriginalRock.net Chat with Randy Seedorff
December 30, 2020 by Al Geiner

 Randy Seedorff has been writing and performing for over 30 years, with his interest in music starting at the young age of 11 when his mother gave him his first guitar.   A veteran singer, and songwriter, Randy comes from a musical family with a strong heritage in country music. 

In 1992 Randy joined the popular Kansas City based bluegrass group Greenside Up as its lead singer and guitarist and performed with them until 1999.  During that time he fell victim to an armed robbery that profoundly changed his life.  The experience turned his full attention to both his life and music, and he rededicated himself to serving God. 

Randy founded the group Soul Purpose in 2010.  They released their studio album Rearview Mirror, produced by Larry Gann  of Awe Struck Studios in 2014.  Randy released his 7 track EP, Elevate, in 2017.  The first two releases from that project reached number 1 on Christian Radio Charts. 

Randy serves as pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, MO.  Soul Purpose plays frequently at churches, festivals and other events, bringing the love of God, through the vehicle of music to as many people as possible. 

A prolific songwriter, Randy is a member of both ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and GMA (Gospel Music Association).  All his original music is published by Danjartay Music.  Randy has artist endorsements with Petersen Tuners, G7th Capos, and Reverend Guitars. 

Randy’s new single, “Family Tree” is out on MTS Records, January 2021.

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INTERVIEW: Randy Seedorff
 December 28, 2020

How would you classify your music? 
I have been a country music fan all my life.  My mother and my uncle were country artists so I guess some of that rubbed off on me.  Some of the music I have written is contemporary Christian and is more worship driven.  However, my new record is really a trip back to my roots, and songs that were family favorites.  I have become a singer songwriter with roots in country, gospel, and the blues.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences? 
I grew up going to church so I would have to say that the classic hymns were a big musical influence early on.  I had an AM radio on my bedside table that I listened to every night before I went to sleep.  On the local rock station it was Johnny Rivers, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Beatles.  61 Country played Hank Williams, Jim Reeves, Cash, and Charlie Pride, all the classic country records.  My biggest influences were guys that wrote great songs, and played guitar.  Jim Croce had a big effect on my music.  His songwriting was so powerful on songs like, “I Gotta a Name”, and “Time in a Bottle.”  Loggins and Messina were also big favorites of mine during my high school years.  My biggest musical influence was the Eagles.  Glen Fry & Don Henley just wrote so many great and timeless songs.  Those songs are still fresh and relevant today.  Christian artist Phil Keaggy is a wonderful songwriter and amazing guitarist.  I loved his stage presence and the way he interacted with the audience.

What do you want fans to take from your music? 
I hope that my music has a healing quality to it.  I want people to know that God loves them.  God’s not angry with them, He wants no one to perish but to have new life through Him.  I hope people hear the positivity of the message in my music. 

How’s the music scene in your locale? 
This has been an unprecedented time in the music scene in Kansas City.  Everything is reduced capacity and social distanced because of the pandemic.  It is really weird to get up in front of an audience and not be able to see their mouths move because they are all masked up.  We’re all hoping and praying things will open up and get restarted sooner than later.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live? 
The best concert I have been to is the Eagles tour that came through Kansas City 6 years ago.  It was just song after classic song of Eagles hits.  And just when you thought they had played all their best stuff, Joe Walsh steps up and plays Rocky Mountain Way!  They did a full acoustic set sitting on stools and singing that amazing five part harmony.  It was an unforgettable evening.  Playing live for me is reaching out to an audience with your songs.  My mother started bringing me on stage to sing with her when I was young. I love it when I see people nodding their heads like Oh, I got that lyric.  Making that kind of connection with people is an amazing privilege.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why? 
That is a really difficult question because all the songs on Begin Again are very special to me.  One of my favorites would be the song “Dream” written by Kenny Loggins, Gary Burr, & Georgia Middleman, The Blue Sky Riders.  The lyrics in essence say that you’re never too old to dream.  The heartbeat of the song is don’t count me out because I am “experienced” and have a few silver hairs.  The gifts and graces we are given are lifetime pursuits.  Dream is a song that challenges us to make the very best of our life, to live our dreams.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year? 
This year has been a heart check for me.  It has really been a time of growing in a new direction towards a singer songwriter identity.  I love to lead worship in my pastoral role, but that has also expanded to music evangelism, especially prison ministry.  2020 for many artists has been a time of change, transition, and adapting to a new environment.  It has been a time of soul searching and a testing of my faith.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be? 
In my view Vince Gill is one of the most versatile and significant artists of our time.  After a significant career in Bluegrass music he left to play with Pure Prairie League, then with Rodney Crowell, Emmy Lou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt.  He is the most awarded artist in country music history.  He then tops off a stellar career by landing a gig with the Eagles.  Vince personifies what it means to be an artist to me.  A beautiful voice, a prolific songwriter, a world class guitarist, and a wonderful human being.  He seems so down to earth and humble, I think he would be great to hang out with.

What’s next for you? 
I am hoping and praying that 2021 will be a great year for everyone.  As an artist I am excited about the release of our new album project Begin Again.  It was produced and recorded at Awestruck Studios in Kansas City Missouri by Larry Gann a 30 year industry professional.  If live performance venues open up we have plans for a tour in the summer of 2021.  I am looking forward to collaborating with some old friends and do some performing and co-writes in the coming months.  Last but not least I have a new grandbaby on the way!

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Eminent musician Randy Seedorff releases an utterly melodic and sacred rock number called ‘Family Tree’
 December 22, 2020

 American rock artist Randy Seedorff expresses his spirituality in the most artistic and entertaining way possible in his melodically rich single ‘Family Tree’. 

Rock musician from Kansas City Randy Seedorff offers thematic nirvana to the lost souls with his divine rhythmic collection. His newly released soundtrack ‘Family Tree’ aimed at establishing a poised resonance of spirituality and wholesome real-life experience through the heart-rending lyrical illustration. The song paints a beautiful picture of fond memories and family bliss experienced by the artist himself. The soulful vocal style of the artist brings out the true heavenly essence of the spiritual libretto. The reverberated instrumental riffs intermingle with the acoustic bliss of the artist’s voice in each step, forming a symphony of absolute pleasure.

 https://www.dailymusicroll.com/review/eminent-musician-randy-seedorff-releases-an-utterly-melodic-and-sacred-rock-number-called-family-tree.html

RANDY SEEDORFF - FAMILY TREE
December 20, 2020 

Randy Seedorff sings with heart and soul on the personal “Family Tree”. Delivered with the utmost of care, he reflects upon the joy a family can bring. Heartfelt Americana to its very core from the joy of the slide guitar to the perfect balance of the whole band. Indeed, the interplay between the group suggests an ability for them to fully feed off of each other’s positive energy. The message here is one that feels particularly timely given the season, one that serves as a reflection upon the rest of the year. Every verse and word are chosen with such thought for these are personal observations, the small little moments that truly make a life worth living. 

Nor is a moment wasted for they dive headfirst into the warm, inviting sound. Everything has a pitch perfect quality to it, while retaining that looseness that makes country such a rich experience. Rhythms here always take their time for patience is the trick and the storytelling ought not be hurried. Gradual shifts in the sound and focus are handled with delicacy to ensure that the overall experience is one of pure peace and contentment. Moments of drama appear throughout yet these serve as necessary counterpoints, of how to appreciate the beauty that life can bring. Faith proves to be an important element of any life, one that helps to inform every experience. 

“Family Tree” proves Randy Seedorff to be a fantastic addition to country music’s singer-songwriter tradition.

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RANDY SEEDORFF RELEASES NEW SINGLE "YOU ARE GOOD"
Sept 24, 2018
By Timothy Yap

A new single is out today from veteran singer/songwriter and worship leader Randy Seedorff. The song, "You Are Good," goes for adds to Christian INSPO/Soft AC and Christian AC-formatted radio outlets. 

"You Are Good" is the third single release from Seedorff's seven-track solo project titled "Elevate," which was produced by Larry Gann at Awe Struck Studios. 

The new single release comes just days after Seedorff and his band Soul Purpose performed at Nehemiah Fest XII in Smithville, Missouri. The band was one of 50 acts that performed across four stages during the three-day event. 

Seedorff has been writing and performing music for more than 30 years, both as a solo artist and in bands, combining his love of rock and roll with powerful vocals. In 2010, Seedorff formed Soul Purpose, a band that plays throughout the Kansas City region. 

In addition to performing and writing music, Seedorff is pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, Missouri. He is a member of ASCAP and the Gospel Music Association.

To learn more about Seedorff, visit RandySeedorff.com, like Seedorff on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

 http://www.hallels.com/articles/20108/20180924/randy-seedorff-releases-new-single-you-are-good.htm

 

RANDY SEEDORFF RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR NO. 1 SINGLE
‘From the Inside Out’ Video Now on YouTube 

July 10, 2018 (Springdale, Arkansas) –A video for “From the Inside Out,” the No. 1 single from veteran singer/songwriter and worship leader Randy Seedorff, is available today on YouTube. In addition to YouTube, the song has been playing at more than 200 Christian INSPO/Soft AC and Christian AC-formatted radio outlets. 

Seedorff wrote the song, which was inspired by Ezekiel 36:26-27: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” 

“The premise of the song is that God first changes the heart; and the rest of the mind, body, soul, and lifestyle begin to change as well,” Seedorff said. “The video depicts the change in the hearts of the actors and a transition from dark to light.” 

The video for “From the Inside Out” was filmed on location at the Weston Bed and Breakfast and Weston United Methodist Church in Weston, Missouri. Amanda Stoffer, Cory Williams, and Greg Lane star in the video, which was filmed, directed and edited by Zach Johnson Productions of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. 

“From the Inside Out” is the follow up release to “Fearless,” the lead single from Seedorff’s seven-track solo project titled “Elevate.” “Elevate” was produced by Larry Gann at Awe Struck Studios. In 2014, Gann produced Soul Purpose’s first album, “Rearview Mirror.” 

Seedorff has been writing and performing music for more than 30 years, both as a solo artist and in bands, combining his love of rock and roll with powerful vocals. In 2010, Seedorff formed Soul Purpose, a band that plays throughout the Kansas City region. 

In addition to performing and writing music, Seedorff is pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, Missouri. He is a member of ASCAP and the Gospel Music Association. 

To learn more about Seedorff, visit RandySeedorff.com, like Seedorff on Facebook and follow on Twitter. 

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Dude.... those pipes though!!!! ”

Singing Success

Veteran Worship Leader Randy Seedorff Chats About His New Album "Elevate"
Jun 21, 2018 04:45 AM EDT
By Tmothy Yap 

Veteran singer/songwriter and worship leader Randy Seedorff has just released a new single "From the Inside Out." The song is the follow up release to "Fearless," the lead single from Seedorff's seven-track solo project titled "Elevate." "Elevate" was produced by Larry Gann at Awe Struck Studios. 

Seedorff has been writing and performing music for more than 30 years, both as a solo artist and in bands, combining his love of rock and roll with powerful vocals. In 2010, Seedorff formed Soul Purpose, a band that plays throughout the Kansas City region. In 2014, Gann produced Soul Purpose's first album, "Rearview Mirror." 

In addition to performing and writing music, Seedorff is pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, Missouri. He is a member of ASCAP and the Gospel Music Association. 

To learn more about Seedorff, visit RandySeedorff.com, like Seedorff on Facebook and follow on Twitter 

Q:  Thanks Randy for doing this interview with us.  Let's start with yourself, how did the Lord first called you to the music ministry? 

I have been a musician since I was young, but a life changing event in 1993 really brought about God's call on my life to music ministry.  I was the victim of an armed robbery and in the split second before I thought my life was over, God rescued me.  From that point on I dedicated my life to music ministry. 

Q:  You are the founder of Soul Purpose Ministries, what's this ministry about? 

The Soul Purpose Ministries mission statement is "To bring the love of God, through the vehicle of music, to as many people as possible."  Soul Purpose Ministries sponsors the band Randy Seedorff & Soul Purpose.  While the message of the gospel is timeless, we use music as the method to reach people that traditional approaches can't.  That means we play at homeless shelters, festivals, outreaches and other events where we can reach those who might not come to a traditional church setting. 

Q:  You are also a worship pastor.  Where are you currently serving and what does your ministry entail? 

I currently serve as associate pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene, in Independence, MO.  My responsibilities include creative arts and worship for kids through adults.  I lead Sunday morning and evening worship services and continually strive to develop a strong worship culture.  As leader of the discipleship ministry, I focus on Christian education, building a strong men's ministry, and coordinating community outreach events. 

Q:  You have recently released your new album "Elevate."  How would you describe your style of music? 

The music on Elevate is somewhat of a departure from the high energy, rock style of my last project, Rearview Mirror.  Elevate is more worshipful, but still guitar-driven, and features songs with a more introspective theme.  The messages are positive and encouraging to the listener.  And Larry Gann's quality production and engineering bring out the best in me musically and vocally. 

Q:  Out of "Elevate," your single "Fearless" was a #1 single!  How does that make you feel? 

It was great!  We were very excited for our ministry and it was humbling to see Fearless at #1. 

Q:  Congratulations on the release of your new single "From the Inside Out."  For our readers who have not heard it yet, what's the song about? And why are you excited about it? 

Ezekiel 36:26 says "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."  The song is about a transformation of the heart that happens from the inside out.  God begins something new on the inside of somebody, and it ends up showing up on the outside.  I am excited about From The Inside Out because many in the world are searching for a Savior.  The song was written to help them know that God isn't mad at them; but truly loves them.  He wants the very best for them, a life of relationship and unconditional love. 

Q:  Having been in the music ministry for so long, how has your understanding of worship changed or remain the same over these years? 

Worship music over the last ten years or so has been evolving at a high velocity.  Groups of worship leaders from churches such as Hillsong, Bethel Music, and Wren Collective are collaborating to create wonderful worship experiences.  Great musicianship, creative songwriting, as well as visual and sound technology advancements are leading the progression of modern worship.  Worship leaders are writing music God has put on their hearts for their congregations that is touching the hearts of God's people around the world. 

Q:  What words of encouragement do you have for readers who wish to be Christian musicians and/or worship pastors? 

There is nothing quite as rewarding and exciting as following the call of God on your life into Christian ministry.  My advice to someone wanting to pursue music and worship is to work on your relationship with Christ first and foremost.  Let the gifts and graces you have as an artist and a worship leader grow from who you are in Christ.  Surround yourself with people you can learn from musically and spiritually.  Always make Jesus a part of your journey.  Have fun!!:)

www.hallels.com/articles/19581/20180621/veteran-worship-leader-randy-seedorff-chats-about-his-new-album-elevate

SUMMER FEST OFFERS FOOD, MUSIC

June 1, 2018 -Celebrate Recovery’s Summer Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 9 at Athletic Park in Newton.  The community outreach event has a new name, date, location and lineup of activities.   Jeff Layne, director of Newton Celebrate Recovery, said the group decided to change the event’s location and have it earlier in the year to attract more people.  What was known as the “Summer Bash” held in Military Park has grown from a cookout with karaoke to a full-blown day of music, food and fun for all.  “It’s really gotten huge,” Layne said.    

Randy Seedorff & Soul Purpose, Brendan Brooks, Cold Turkey Revival and Outside The Walls will each take the stage at the band shell to play music throughout the day...

 www.thekansan.com/news/20180601/summer-fest-offers-music-food

RANDY SEEDORFF RELEASES NEW SINGLE 

May 4, 2018 - Veteran singer/songwriter and worship leader Randy Seedorff is releasing a new single today titled “From the Inside Out.” The song will go for adds at Christian INSPO/Soft AC and Christian AC-formatted radio stations. 

The song is the follow up release to “Fearless,” the lead single from Seedorff’s seven-track solo project titled “Elevate.” “Elevate” was produced by Larry Gann at Awe Struck Studios. 

Seedorff has been writing and performing music for more than 30 years, both as a solo artist and in bands, combining his love of rock and roll with powerful vocals. In 2010, Seedorff formed Soul Purpose, a band that plays throughout the Kansas City region. In 2014, Gann produced Soul Purpose’s first album, “Rearview Mirror.” 

In addition to performing and writing music, Seedorff is pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, Missouri. He is a member of ASCAP and the Gospel Music Association. 

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Your songs inspire and bring me to His presence. Keep up the good work!”

RANDY SEEDORFF ENTERTAINS RESIDENTS AT KANSAS CITY RESCUE MISSION
Soul Purpose Joins Veteran Singer/Songwriter for Christmas Concert 

December 12, 2017 (Springdale, Arkansas) – Veteran singer/songwriter and worship leader Randy Seedorff and his band Soul Purpose will be ministering to the men of Kansas City Rescue Mission at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 14. The musicians will perform a concert of traditional Christmas music and original songs for the residents. The playlist will include Seedorff’s single, “Fearless,” which currently is playing at Christian INSPO/Soft AC and Christian AC-formatted radio stations, with a video available at YouTube. 

More than 1,400 men seek services annually at the Kansas City Rescue Mission, an organization that offers relief, recovery and re-entry programs for its clients. To learn more about the organization, visit the website at kcrm.org. 

Seedorff, who is known for his work with Soul Purpose, performs throughout the Kansas City area. 

“Fearless” is the lead single from Seedorff’s seven-track solo project, titled “Elevate.” “Elevate” was produced by Larry Gann at Awe Struck Studios. In 2014, Gann produced Soul Purpose’s first album, “Rearview Mirror.” 

When it came time for Seedorff to record the new project, he had a simple strategy: “I tried to just hold the pen and let God use me as the vessel, the vehicle for His message,” he said. 

Seedorff has been writing and performing music for more than 30 years, both as a solo artist and in bands, combining his love of rock and roll with powerful vocals. In 2010, Seedorff formed Soul Purpose, a band that plays throughout the Kansas City region. 

In addition to performing and writing music, Seedorff is pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, Missouri. He is a member of ASCAP and the Gospel Music Association. 

To learn more about Seedorff, visit RandySeedorff.com, like Seedorff on Facebook and follow on Twitter. 

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RANDY SEEDORFF RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO FOR CURRENT SINGLE
‘Fearless’ Video Now Available at YouTube   

October 20, 2017 (Springdale, Arkansas) – Veteran singer/songwriter and worship leader Randy Seedorff is releasing a music video for his current radio single today. The music video for “Fearless,” which is playing at Christian INSPO/Soft AC and Christian AC-formatted radio stations, is now available at YouTube. 

 The video to the upbeat song features Seedorff in the studio, singing vocals and playing lead and rhythm guitars. 

 Seedorff, who is known for his work with Soul Purpose, recently performed at a charity concert with Soul Purpose, Kansas City Blues Band Cenacle and singer/songwriter Bob Jenkins. The event, held at Dearbrook Covenant Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, benefited Samaritan’s Purse and the organization’s work with disaster relief for those affected by hurricanes in Houston, south Florida and Puerto Rico, as well as victims of the wildfires in the Northwest. 

“Fearless” is the lead single from Seedorff’s seven-track solo project, titled “Elevate.” “Elevate” was produced by Larry Gann at Awe Struck Studios. In 2014, Gann produced Soul Purpose’s first album, “Rearview Mirror.” 

 When it came time for Seedorff to record the new project, he had a simple strategy: “I tried to just hold the pen and let God use me as the vessel, the vehicle for His message,” he said. 

 Seedorff has been writing and performing music for more than 30 years, both as a solo artist and in bands, combining his love of rock and roll with powerful vocals. In 2010, Seedorff formed Soul Purpose, a band that plays throughout the Kansas City region. 

 In addition to performing and writing music, Seedorff is pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, Missouri. He is a member of ASCAP and the Gospel Music Association. 

 To learn more about Seedorff, visit RandySeedorff.com, like Seedorff on Facebook and follow on Twitter. 

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Enjoyed listening to "I Choose Love". Love your vocals, lyrics and instrumentals. You have a great sound.”

Randy Seedorff Releases New Single "Fearless" today
By Timothy Yap Aug 02, 2017 03:53 PM EDT 

Veteran singer/songwriter and worship leader Randy Seedorff is set to release the single "Fearless" today to Christian INSPO/Soft AC and Christian AC-formatted radio stations.  Seedorff, who is known for his work with the band Soul Purpose, is releasing the single from his solo project, titled "Elevate." "Elevate" was produced by Larry Gann at Awe Struck Studios. In 2013, Gann produced Soul Purpose's first album, "Rearview Mirror."  

When it came time for Seedorff to record the new project, he had a simple strategy: "I tried to just hold the pen and let God use me as the vessel, the vehicle for His message," he said.  The result is a seven-track EP, with "Fearless" as the lead single from the project.  

Seedorff has been writing and performing music for more than 30 years, both as a solo artist and in bands, combining his love of rock and roll with powerful vocals. In 2010, Seedorff formed Soul Purpose, a band that plays throughout the Kansas City region.  In addition to performing and writing music, Seedorff is pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, Missouri. He is a member of ASCAP and the Gospel Music Association.  

To learn more about Seedorff, visit RandySeedorff.com, like Seedorff on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

www.hallels.com/articles/17865/20170802/randy-seedorff-releases-new-single-fearless-today

 

TWENTY QUESTIONS >> INTERVIEW: VETERAN SINGER-SONGWRITER RANDY SEEDORFF
By: Rick Jamm, February 02, 2021

Randy Seedorff has been writing and performing for over 30 years, with his interest in music starting at the young age of 11 when his mother gave him his first guitar. A veteran singer, and songwriter, Randy comes from a musical family with a strong heritage in country music. In 1992 Randy joined the popular Kansas City based bluegrass group Greenside Up as its lead singer and guitarist and performed with them until 1999. During that time he fell victim to an armed robbery that profoundly changed his life. The experience turned his full attention to both his life and music, and he rededicated himself to serving God. Randy founded the group Soul Purpose in 2010. They released their studio album Rearview Mirror, produced by Larry Gann of Awe Struck Studios in 2014. Randy released his 7 track EP, Elevate, in 2017. The first two releases from that project reached number 1 on Christian Radio Charts. Randy serves as pastor of worship and discipleship at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Independence, MO. Soul Purpose plays frequently at churches, festivals and other events, bringing the love of God, through the vehicle of music to as many people as possible. A prolific songwriter, Randy is a member of both ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and GMA (Gospel Music Association). All his original music is published by Danjartay Music. Randy has artist endorsements with Petersen Tuners, G7th Capos, and Reverend Guitars. Randy’s new single, “Family Tree” is out on MTS Records.

1. Which did you discovered first – your faith or music? 
Randy Seedorff: I believe that God has given each of us spiritual gifts to be used for the benefit of His Kingdom. Early on I realized that music set off something deep down in a place inside me where nothing had before. God through the work of the Holy Spirit used music to draw me to Himself. When I gave my heart to Christ He began to open up opportunities for me to use those gifts and graces He had given me for ministry. The discovery of music in my life started me on a journey of faith that continues today.

2. When did you start making music seriously? 
Randy Seedorff: Being part of a musical family was a great way to grow up. We had our ups and downs like any family but we loved and enjoyed being together.  I had two brothers and five sisters and a bunch of cousins, Aunts, and Uncles.  When we gathered together we would bring out the instruments and have a great time singing. I was middle school age when my mother loaned me one of her guitars so I could learn to play. That was the point when I started having a desire to grow as a musician and singer. I believe that every musician meets people on their journey that encourage, challenge and move them forward. They strike up a friendship and start collaborating. This started to happen with me as a teenager.

3. How do you prioritize or divide your time between being a musician and a pastor? 
Randy Seedorff: Vocational pastoral ministry is something that God calls you to.  Living the life of a pastor is like no other I know of because that calling is for life.  My pastoral role isn’t just lived out in the life of a community of believers, although that is a significant part of it. My life as a musician has grown out of my calling to lead worship. I believe that being a pastor and a musician both have important roles in my life. In the rhythm of pastoral ministry needs can arise quickly and unexpectedly. Those responsibilities takes priority in my life and scheduling.

4.  Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember? 
Randy Seedorff: My uncle was the first musical influence I can remember. He could play almost any genre of music on the piano. Stride, Floyd Kramer, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gospel, Honky Tonk, he could cover it all skillfully.  He would sit next to my mother on the piano bench and they would sing and play duets together. I learned to sing harmony by listening and singing along with them.  The joy in that music set off a spark in me. 

5. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners? 
Randy Seedorff: Many of the songs that I write come from Scripture and have a positive message that applies to life. I’m hopeful that our music will help others look up, and away from the troubles and circumstances of life and hear some hope and encouragement. Even though we have all experienced some very difficult times lately, our windshield is bigger than our rearview mirror.

6.  What’s your view on the role and function of music as political, cultural, spiritual, and/or social vehicles – and do you try and affront these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of technical artistry, personal narrative and entertainment? 
Randy Seedorff: I’m not interested in writing anything with a political theme. I think there are more than enough of those opinions to go around in the current culture. I have always worked to write honest authentic songs and make the best quality recordings of them I can. I hope the message of those songs will speak for themselves, and reflect a positive message.

7.  If I was to turn on your media player right now, which artists/songs would I be most likely to hear on your recently played list? 
Randy Seedorff: Wow that’s a great question! I am a diverse listener by nature and enjoy a variety of artists and genre’s. Right now I am listening to Brian and Jenn Johnson a lot. They are connected with Bethel music and are writing some amazing worship music. I have also been enjoying Keith and Kristyn Getty another couple from Belfast, United Kingdom. On the country side I listen to Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, and Brad Paisley. I enjoy Bluegrass music and listen to Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Allison Kraus and Union Station, Tony Rice, and many others. Like I said diverse.

8. Could you describe your creative processes? How most often do start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a beat, a melody or narrative in your head? 
Randy Seedorff: The song writing process for me begins with being a lifetime learner. I read a lot, and often times this will spark an idea lyrically. At times you get inspiration from something someone says in a conversation. Listening well, observing, and then taking note of what you see and hear. It’s important for me to either journal what I am thinking, or record it on my phone so I don’t lose it. I do something musical everyday which includes picking up a guitar several times a week. My process usually begins with a hook and evolves from there. The inspiration for a song can come from something unexpected. I try to be ready to capture them when they happen.

9.  What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your career or life so far, and how did you overcome the event?
Randy Seedorff: In 1993 I was the victim of an armed robbery at the restaurant I was managing.  The robbers forced their way into the back door and overpowered me forcing me to open the safe and hand over the contents. I was then tied up face down on the floor with a gun at my head. Just before they planned to execute me as I lay praying on the floor God intervened. There was a honk on the horn of the get a way car, and they left without shooting me. That experience caused me to rededicate my life and music to God. The recovery from that was difficult the scars from it still remain. I have a song on my new album that was written for those who have, and are experiencing PTSD. I realize looking back that even though I thought I was alone and forgotten, that God had never left me or forsaken me. That moment of realization was very healing for me.

10. What would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your career so far?
Randy Seedorff: In 2019 I had the opportunity to go on tour with Shane Rootes and lead worship in some of the cities of Northern England. It was my first time in the UK and the people there were so wonderful and welcoming. I can’t wait for the opportunity to return and reunite with my friends across the pond.

11.  Do you have a personal favorite track amongst your compositions that has a specific backstory and/or message and meaning very special to you? 
Randy Seedorff: I have several favorites from the catalog of music we have released so that is a difficult question. I released the song “From the Inside Out” in 2017 on my album Elevate. The song was written from Ezekiel 36:24 which says that God can take a heart of stone, and turn it to flesh. The transformation of the heart that happens when God begins to work creates new life and freedom. “From The Inside Out” is one of my favorite songs to perform. I love singing and playing the song live with my band Soul Purpose.

 12.  With social media having a heavy impact on our lives and the music business in general, how do you handle criticism, haters and/or naysayers in general? Is it something you’ve had to deal with, and do pay attention to it, or do you simply ignore? 
Randy Seedorff: One of the things I love about living in the US is our constitutional right to free speech. It is great to live in a country where we can express ourselves freely. In my view music will always be subjective. If you took a poll of 50 people you would get 50 different opinions about what they love in music. There will always be those who may disagree with the message of your music or the way you present it. Dealing with criticism can be a motivation to improve your craft as a singer and songwriter if you receive it and learn from it.

13. Which aspects of the current modern music scene excites you most, and which aspects discourage you most?
Randy Seedorff: I am enjoying the creativity in music these days. A great many of the songs that are currently playing were written through collaboration with multiple songwriters. I think this adds an element of fellowship to the songwriting process. The pandemic has put a real damper on live performance and the businesses that operate as live venues. This has moved a great many artists to livestream venues. It’s great that this is available, but it just isn’t the same as hearing a band or artist in person.

14. If you had a choice to go on tour with any acclaimed international artist in the near future, who would you choose, and why?
Randy Seedorff: I have been a Steven Curtis Chapman follower for many years.  He is my favorite Christian artist and it would be an honor to share a stage with him. My wife and I saw him on his solo tour last year with just him and his guitars, no band. I especially enjoyed the part of the concert when he took requests from the audience. He has wonderful gifts and graces for ministry.

15. Could you tell us something about your latest EP project, and what fans can expect to hear? 
Randy Seedorff: “Begin Again” is scheduled to be completed and ready for release in early February. It is an 8 song EP with a collection of original material and some favorite cover songs. I was recorded, produced and engineered by Larry Gann at Awestruck Studios in Kansas City Missouri. This album is a journey back to my roots musically and has a bit of a country flavor. The original songs were inspired from life events, observations, and great memories. We seasoned in some favorite cover songs as a tribute to my wife and family, with our own twist of course. We are excited to hear feedback about our new release “Begin Again.”

16. What has been the response so far, from critics and fans, to your single “Family Tree”? 
Randy Seedorff: We are very pleased with the response from fans and critics so far. We are thankful and humbled that the press and reviews have been very positive.

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Creative work in studio environment, or interaction with a live audience? Which of these two options excite you most? 

Randy Seedorff:  I love the creative process in the studio. What you are creating is a collaborative effort in every way with the musician’s and the engineer and I enjoy that. Being in front of a live audience is so special, a privilege in my view.  I enjoy seeing the response when people acknowledge that they get what you are trying to communicate through your music. I have been honored to enjoy that experience with some very talented musicians and singers over the years. I am truly grateful to all of them for their contribution, our musical collaboration, and our friendship.

 

 

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