10/21: Roxie Randle


There comes a point in every independent artist’s career when even the smallest bit of encouragement after a time of uncertainty can spin the hopes, dreams and musical creativity back in forward motion. For Nashville based singer/songwriter Roxie Randle, meeting renowned Music City producer Eddie Gore at a Nashville Songwriter’s Association meeting was the key to spurring a prolific period of songwriting which led to her perfectly titled, Gore-produced EP Little Victory—an infectious five track set whose name was adapted from the title of a hopeful song called “Little Victories” that the singer wrote in the early phases of their working relationship.

Though Randle says that the recording catapulted her out of a hole after a couple years of self-evaluating and redefining her direction as an artist, she has an impressive foundation to build from as a recording artist and live performer. Before she earned the unique designation of “Female Demo Singer of the Year” on DemoSinger.com for her studio work in Nashville, her 2006 debut album Live at The French Quarter Café was critically acclaimed as “perfectly paced and executed,” “smart and refreshing,” and full of “one hit song after another.” Her 2008 follow-up Something Real, which embraced a more feminine, relaxed feel, earned praise as “an easy listen, with hints of coffeehouse, country, folk and a ladies touch.”

A native of a small Eastern Illinois farming community, Randle credits her strong musical family for introducing her to a wide variety of musical genres. She learned how to harmonize by listening to old recordings of her parents’ southern rock band, and she has vivid childhood memories of her grandfather playing hymns on the piano and singing classic country songs. She started singing in church at age eight, but as she grew up, Randle’s vast range of influences came to include country greats (The Judds, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride), mainstream pop stars (Amy Grant, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow) as well as out-of-the-box indie artists (Shawn Colvin, Jonatha Brooke, Mindy Smith).

Randle has built a loyal regional following with regular gigs at Nashville hotspots (The Bluebird Café, Douglas Corner Café) and frequent stops in nearby cities like Knoxville, Atlanta, Louisville, and Carbondale. She divides her touring time between performing solo and as half of As Girls Go, a duo with her best friend Kimber Cleveland. Two Randle songs, including “This Way”—a co-write with Cleveland set to appear on their in-the-works dual album—are featured in the DVD extras of a documentary called “Beyond The Myth: The Truth About Pit Bulls.” Another of Randle’s songs, “United,” was recently chosen by United Way of Southwestern Indiana to be the theme for their 2013 promotions.

The five tracks on Little Victory have a broad appeal that would be at home on various radio formats, from Triple-A to Adult Contemporary and Americana. The plaintive “You Were Wrong” first appeared with a more intensely percussive arrangement on her debut album, but here it’s reworked in a tender, heartfelt fashion that brings fresh emotional urgency to its words. Randle’s skills as a co-writer with some of Nashville’s major songwriters shine through on tracks like the soaring, up-tempo opener “You Don’t Know A Thing About Love,” which she penned with Rachel Loy. Randle and Loy also wrote the lilting, mid tempo “Goin’ Nowhere,” a song about being at a crossroads in a relationship. While the seductive ballad “October Rain,” written with Georgia Thomas, shows off Randle’s more sultry side, the emotional core of Little Victory is her crowd-pleasing, inspirational “Learning To Fly,” a collaboration with Thomas and Tammy Jacobs that blends a whimsical melody with heavier messages of overcoming struggles and broken hearts.

Reflecting on her musical journey thus far, Randle says, “Every time I record an album, it’s like taking a snapshot of my life. I can listen to the songs and actually recall what was happening to me at the time. Life experiences definitely helped me to reach a different place with my music on this new EP. I allowed myself to be 100% emotionally exposed. These songs reflect frustration, sensuality, inadequacy, and hopefulness, which are all very intense, personal emotions, but because those sentiments are also so universal, I know the music will resonate with others.”