After graduating from Fort Payne High School, Randy attended Jacksonville State University. Randy’s hobbies include watching sports of all kinds, writing short stories, and composing poetry. In the kitchen, Randy also prefers to eat vegetables, home-raised meats, and home cooking. When not playing with Alabama, Randy enjoys listening to The Eagles, Anne Murray, and Ronnie Milsap.
When not touring with Alabama, Randy says he enjoys being alone with immediate family and most importantly, away from the telephone. While on the job, he strums a smooth and steady rhythm guitar and sings most of the solo vocals on the group's hits. He has played music since the age of 6 and has been playing with Alabama for 28 years. Randy plays by ear and says that he doesn't know how many songs he has written but jokes that "some of them have been recorded on the albums." Before and during his early music career, Randy took jobs laying brick, painting, farming, and hanging sheet rock. He says his long range goals are "To help my family achieve a gentle way of living and to be known as friendly to the fans and have a good reputation with fellow musicians.”
His favorite career memory is winning both the ACM and CMA Entertainers of the Year for three years in a row. When asked if there was anything he wanted of the fans, Randy asked "I want the fans to enjoy themselves and feel they've gotten their money's worth from our concerts and records. Also, I want them to understand that they are the most important people in our lives." Randy said that if he could only tell his fans one thing, it would be "I love and appreciate all of you.”
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