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. His latest release, “Begin Again,” also with Gann, has produced two international #1 iTunes singles, “Family Tree” and “Dream.”
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.
Artist Name: Randy Seedorff
Genre: Contemporary Christian, Country
Hometown: Independence Missouri
Hobbies/Interests Apart from Music: I love to read and do so as often as I have time for. I am an ordained minister so reading is a big part of what I do for my preparation. Being a bookworm has a wonderful bi-product; it stimulates the creative side of me that is a songwriter.
Last Netflix Binge: All the episodes of Virgin River!
Musical Influences: John Denver, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jim Croce, Loggins & Messina, Eagles.
Very First Musical Purchase: I bought an Alvarez 12 string at Rich Roberts’s music center in Kansas City Missouri. I had borrowed a guitar from my mother that I had played for years. The Alvarez was my first guitar purchase and I played it a lot! The handle broke loose from the case when I was walking down a flight of concrete stairs. When I opened the case which had tumbled end over end to the bottom of the stairs it was broken in several places and unrepairable.
Do you have a favorite song from your album Begin Again? Why? My favorite song from Begin Again is Family Tree. I believe that every person has some landmark experiences in their lives that have in part influenced and formed who they are as a person. For me, that was growing up in a musical family that loved to sing together. Nothing changes us like the birth of our children. The moment we first lay our eyes on them is an unforgettable experience. My salvation experience was the most important moment in my life. Every decision I have made since that day has been influenced by my relationship with Christ.
If you could potentially tour with any other artist or band (that you haven’t already), who would you choose and why? I have loved Steven Curtis Chapman’s songwriting for many years. He is one of the most awarded Christian artists of all time. I saw him on his solo tour last year with just him and his guitar and he was amazing. His songs tell a great story that everyone needs to hear! I would really enjoy touring with SCC!!
What was the last song you listened to on your playlist or stereo? “Mention of Your Name” by Brian and Jenn Johnson. What an amazing song of worship!
What was the last book you read? I re-read “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” by Eugene Peterson the translator of The Message. The book is about a consistent purpose and direction in our personal spiritual f ormation. He urges us to be intentional and steadily moving forward on our spiritual journey.
How important is your faith or spirituality within your music? The Message says in Hebrews 12:1-2, “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who began and finished the race we are in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed.” In my music my goal is to keep my eyes on Jesus.
What message do you hope listeners will take away from your music, regardless of what they believe? I believe there is a message of hope in our music. Since the beginning, God has been about providing a way for redemption, forgiveness, and new life through Christ. 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.” I pray that those who hear are music will be encouraged that the love of God changes hearts.
Learn more: http://www.randyseedorff.com