Randy Stonehill

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Randy Stonehill (born March 12, 1952) is an American singer/songwriter from Stockton, California, best known as one of the so-called "fathers of contemporary Christian music." His music is primarily folk rock in the style of James Taylor, but he has assayed other styles, with various albums focused on new wave, pop rock, roots rock, and children's music.[1] His live concerts, more so than most of his albums, have a strong comedic element in the manic vein of Robin Williams.[2]


Early life

Randall Evan Stonehill was born in Stockton, California on March 12, 1952,[3] the son of Leonard N. Stonehill (born September 19, 1920), a high school teacher,[4] and his wife, Pauline Correia (born February 18, 1921),[5] a school teacher of Azorean Portuguese heritage,[6] and the younger brother of Jeffrey Dean Stonehill (born October 28, 1949 in Alameda County, California).[7] While he was young, the Stonehill family relocated to 4920 Anna Drive, San Jose, California. In June 1970, after Stonehill graduated from Leigh High School, in San Jose, California, he moved to Los Angeles where he stayed with pioneer Christian Rock singer, Larry Norman in an attempt to launch his professional music career.[8]

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