We are continuing this week with part two of Jamie Randolph’s incredible story.
At the end of Jamie’s attempts toward national success performing his the Memphis pop/rock band, Retrospect, Randolph met Courtney Staggs, a nursing school student.
“My roommate and I lived in a house that was converted into apartments. We lived on the bottom floor and Courtney had the apartment above us” said Randolph.
It wasn’t long before they began dating and Randolph began pursuing a solo music career with two separate projects, Jamie Randolph and the Bloodsuckers and Jamie Randolph and The Darkhorse.
“I had assembled a super band of some of the best musicians in Memphis for both Bloodsuckers and Darkhorse” said Randolph.
The year 2006 quickly became a busy year for Randolph. In March of 2006, Jamie and Courtney got married and only a few months later, Randolph released his solo album “Villain”.
Jamie Randolph and The Darkhorse released several records through Ardent Studios. The records included a live sessions and Christmas albums.
In 2009, Randolph and Courtney decided it was time for a change of scenery and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. When they arrived in Nashville, Randolph began taking music production courses at the Darkhorse Institute.
Not long after attending the institute, Randolph got a job working for christian music producer, Pete Kipley, as an assistant engineer. Randolph began editing all the instruments for the bands that recorded a record with Kipley. It was here, he learned more about what consist behind the scenes of the music industry.
In February of 2012, Jamie and his wife, Courtney, had their first child, Scarlett. It became time for Randolph and his family to begin looking toward the future and deciding what endeavors they should aim for to benefit their family.
“At that point, I had been attempting to do music for a living since I was seventeen. That’s a long time to have a million “almosts” and then have nothing. I was just sick of it” said Randolph.
When they visited Heber Springs for Thanksgiving, Randolph began talking with his brother-in-law and well renowned fishing guide, Jamie Rouse, about leaving Nashville and starting somewhere
fresh. It became clear that he and his family were going to leave Nashville and move to Heber Springs. They arrived to Heber Springs at the end of 2013.
Randolph’s first year in Heber Springs consisted of him learning to fly fish and preparing to be a guide with Rouse. He also began running his own catering company, Fish Food.
He was introduced to members of the Heber Springs United Methodist Church praise band and began filling in as their bass player on Sunday mornings. It wasn’t long before Randolph began singing for the praise band.
“When I moved to Heber Springs, the last thing I wanted to do was play music, especially praise songs at a church” said Randolph.
It was then, he began to feel a shift in his life and start to understand where he was being called. In March of 2014, he sat down with Heber Springs United Methodist Church pastor, Tommy Tombs, to talk to him about being the church’s worship leader. A week after his conversation with Tombs, Randolph was hired as the church’s contemporary worship and creative arts director.
“For me to run that far away from music, to run right back into music is crazy” Randolph continued.
Randolph and his family decided to continue to plant their roots further into Heber Springs. In March of 2017, the young couple welcomed their second child, Edie.
Randolph’s story is an example of how one’s dreams can lead them through a series of ups and downs and how one’s calling will make full circle and catch up to them no matter what.
“God certainly has an amazing sense of humor” said Randolph.