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Having been featured in such diverse settings as Essence, ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover and
Bill Gaither’s Homecoming tour de force, Lynda Randle, sister of former dcTalk member and
current newsboys frontman, Michael Tait, is known for crossing traditional racial barriers as
she unreservedly shares the Gospel’s message of reconciliation to the masses through music.
Prepping for her new release, A Woman After God’s Own Heart (Gaither Music), Randle gives
readers a glimpse into her musical background and comments on how a soul songstress from DC
became a Southern Gospel darling.
How did growing up in inner city Washington DC impact your musical calling?
Lynda Randle: Can I say that I loved being a preacher’s daughter? No regrets! [As a minister’s
daughter] you deﬁ nitely get your share of music and I deﬁ nitely got mine. Thank you Jesus! By
the way, did I mention that we lived next door to our church? It was literally “church 24/7.”
You are considered a destroyer of racial barrier. Was it music that ﬁ rst prompted this bridge
builder mission in your life?
Randle: Not really. When I failed the 9th grade in DC’s public school system my parents put
me in Riverdale Baptist Christian School in Maryland. It was predominately white so I started
learning about racial issues. I was faced with new challenges everyday—some pleasant and
some not so pleasant. Music happened by default. [Riverdale] was short on some classes that I
wanted to take so I got thrown in an all white choir and they loved singing Negro spirituals. I will
let you ﬁ gure out the rest . . .
With so much musical soul, how did you end up as a ﬂ agship artist for the Southern Gospel sector?
Randle: God has a sense of humor. There is no other explanation and I am glad about it!
Your brother, Michael Tait (dcTalk/newsboys), tributes you as the inspiration for his career. Did
you teach that boy everything he knows?
Randle: You know it! At least that’s what he says! [Laughs]
A few years ago you recorded A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson celebrating the singer’s historic Gospel
catalog. Who are your primary musical inﬂ uences?
Randle: Mahalia, my sweet momma (she’s not paying me to say this), CeCe Winans, Celine Dion,
Mavis Staples and so many more.
— Andrew Greer
The Act: BeBe Winans
The Site: www.bebewinans.com
The Sound: R&B-tinged Gospel with
smoky soul vocals
The Buzz: Winans will play “The King”
in this month’s Nashville concert
adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
Cinderella to help commemorate
Steven Curtis Chapman’s late daughter,
Maria Sue Chapman and orphan care
The Act: One Voice
The Site: www.onevoiceoneheart.com
The Sound: Gospel-Modern Worship
The Buzz: A diverse roster of artists
including Martin Smith, Israel Houghton
and Kierra Sheard follow-up the success
of 2005’s Tsunami “We are the World”-
type single, “One Voice One Heart,”
with a similarly-minded LP dedicated
to bridging the gap between black and
white music sectors.
The Act: Karen Clark Sheard
The Site: www.theclarksisters.com
The Sound: Bona ﬁ de Black Gospel with
The Buzz: On the heels of releasing
the ﬂ agship record for her new indie
label, KaRew Records, Gospel legend
Karen Clark Sheard recently wrapped TV
tapings for BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel
and The Mo’Nique Show.