Keeping it a cappella
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Randolph, 47, died Jan. 29 at his home in the Fort Worth suburb of Benbrook, Texas. He was worship ministry leader for the Altamesa Church of Christ in Fort Worth.
The cause of death is unknown, said Micah Hobbs, the church’s preaching minister.
“By all indications, he feel asleep peacefully and never woke up,” Hobbs told The Christian Chronicle.
Randolph was a talented musician with an abiding “love for the broken-hearted” and a “deep desire to worship the Lord,” Hobbs said of his friend.
Another friend, Cissy Fenn Burch, posted to social media: “If you have ever wondered what it means when they say ‘a voice that could sooth the savage beast,’ they mean the voice of Brian Randolph.”
Born in Hope, Ark., Randolph grew up with a love of a cappella music. In 1985 he and his brother, Kelly, started the gospel group Forever Friends. He later sang and performed across the U.S., Canada and South America with groups including Acappella and Acappella Vocal Band (AVB).
Wes McKinzie, a fellow member of AVB, wrote a message to his late friend: “Brian, you were right. Nothing in the world will outlast or surpass your calling … because that calling will keep blessing people all over the globe even though you’re gone. We love you and can’t wait to see you again. The heavenly choir just added a truly angelic voice.”
Randolph also was a founding member of Zoe Group, a worship ministry based in Nashville, Tenn.
“There’s another hole in the world today,” said Zoe Group member David England, “a precious voice stilled, but also a life that has achieved the peace and glory to which we aspire.”
The Altamesa church posted a video from Randolph’s memorial service:
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