Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase Randy Barrett

Randy Barrett is a triple-threat standout; top shelf songwriter, award-winning vocalist, and purveyor of stellar instrumental prowess on guitar and banjo. Randy's rich and soulful baritone has collected five Washington Area Music Awards for Best Male Vocalist in Bluegrass and Traditional Folk as well as the 2002 Bluegrass Album of the Year for his latest Lights of Home. His songwriting has also won numerous awards, in particular for "Hold Me Forever" from his 1995 debut CD Each & Every Day. Some call him traditional, others aren't so sure. Randy doesn't mind not being pigeon-holed. His musical roots are in folk, bluegrass and country but style is secondary to the song; whatever the genre, it should be singable and worthy of harmonies. That strategy appears to be working, as Randy's songs have been recorded by Chesapeake, Grace Griffith, bluegrass group Auldridge, Bennett and Gaudreau, and Peg Loughran among others. Randy is also well known around the Falling Mountain family, having contributed his stellar banjo and harmony vocals on each of Andrew McKnight's first two CDs as well as John Rickard's The Simple Life. Randy comes from a family of singers - barbershop, classical and stage. One of his earliest recollections is falling asleep under the piano while a jam was in full swing overhead. All that early musical steeping has left an indelible mark - a fine ear, a world-class voice, and a love of performing.

Randy lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife and four children.

"Artfully crafted lyrics supported by Randy's powerful, warm and deep vocals" - Telluride Bluegrass Festival. "one of the best songwriters to ever come out of Washington"- Eric Brace, The Washington Post. "Moving and intense. Randy sings his songs with emotion and power." - Times Newspapers

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