When he was
very small, Randy Swift's father used to tell people he
was a "natural-born" musician. Everything that comes out of him
is an "ear-perceived thing," as he likes to say.
At the age
of five, Swift sang his first solo at the Church of God
in Sparta, Tennessee, an experience that has led him to a music
ministry lasting for more than 30 years.
years after singing his first song, Swift, who plays acoustic,
electric and bass guitar, fiddle, banjo, and piano, started playing
with some regional gospel groups. After graduating from high school,
Swift packed up "Old Blue," a 1966 Impala, and headed for
Nashville. Shortly after his arrival, he was introduced to Jake
Hess and was hired to play bass for Hess's family group, The Jake
Hess Sound. When the Statesman decided to regroup for the first
time since the death of Big Chief, they were immediately asked
to sing at the 1976 National Quartet Convention. Since Hess was
the only one with a band, Swift and four other musicians
were elected to play with Jake, Doy, Rosie and Hovie on a night
Swift will never forget. The years that followed saw Swift playing
gospel music with various groups across the United States.
During a Saturday
night revival in February of 1978, Swift met his future
wife Rhonda Boucher. He asked her to come back to church the next
morning and then later they would go get something to eat. Less
than 24 hours later, Swift asked Rhonda to marry him. They were
married on August 30, 1978. She later told him she had seen him
on T.V. and knew he was the one God intended for her.
In 1994, Swift
embarked on a solo career. At about the same time, he picked up
a pen and wrote the first of many songs, "The Seeds Alive." Swift
wants his music "to say something and to be different." He wants
it to be music that makes people think. "I want it to be music
that makes a difference and as a result changes peoples lives.
When people come to me and say I got the real meaning of what
you were trying to say is the biggest blessing to me."
of Swift's life is his 13 year old son Joshua Landon Swift. Joshua
plays drums for his father as he sings and ministers across the
country. Swift enjoys being a father and tries hard to
be the kind of father to Joshua that his father was to him.
believes family is extremely important, so he takes his with him
wherever he goes. "We should do things as a family unit as much
as we can in today's world."