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Brian Randolph (top row, second from left) shares a laugh with the staff of the Altamesa Church of Christ.
Brian Randolph (top row, second from left) shares a laugh with the staff of the Altamesa Church of Christ | Photo via altamesa.org

‘A voice that could soothe the savage beast’ dies at 47

Brian Randolph was a worship minister for Churches of Christ and a vocalist with AVB and Zoe Group.

Christians across the nation are mourning the sudden death of Brian Randolph, a worship minister who sang with a cappella groups including Acappella, AVB and Zoe Group.

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.

Brian Randolph

Brian Randolph

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.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that our beloved worship minister, Brian Randolph passed away. We first and…

Posted by Altamesa Church of Christ on Friday, January 31, 2020


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.”


Listened to this from early ZOE days. Sweet Brian’s voice. This was always one of my favorites we recorded. Lots of…

Posted by Brandon Scott Thomas on Friday, January 31, 2020

The Altamesa church posted a video from Randolph’s memorial service:

Brian Randolph's Funeral 1972 – 2020

Brian Randolph's Funeral 1972 – 2020

Posted by Altamesa Church of Christ on Monday, February 3, 2020

Filed under: a cappella A Cappella Hymns Acappella Ministries Church of Christ Fort Worth National Obituaries The Acappella Company Top Stories zoe group

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