Sometimes the greatest and most amazing things in life come from “happy” accidents; from a willingness to go down a path not of your own choosing. Such a thing happened to a ten-year-old David Randle, who hadn’t yet cultivated an interest in music at this early age, when his mother asked him to learn the guitar so that he could accompany his younger brother, who had become a bit of a child prodigy on the accordion. Though David only agreed to play the guitar to please his mother, an incredible thing happened when he held the instrument in his hands. He felt down deep inside like he was meant to play it and that he could do it really well. When by the age of thirteen, he was playing professionally at school and church dances, his young fans thought he could do it well, too. In his late teens, his best band, the Brain Police, became the flagship act for James Pagni Productions and played concert dates with Cream, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Steppenwolf, Buffalo Springfield, Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Byrds, and many others. In fact, this band was just a heartbeat away from signing a major label deal with Decca/London Records.
As the music landscape shifted, and groups like Crosby, Stills & Nash vaulted into prominence, David set aside his electric guitar to explore the nuances of the acoustic guitar. He studied classical guitar with a world-renowned classical guitarist while simultaneously becoming enchanted by the steel string Celtic performances of Davey Graham, John Renborn and Bert Jansch. Soon David had developed an acoustic guitar mastery that included both fingerstyle and plectrum stylings as well as the ability to play in over twenty different tunings, all the while maintaining his electric guitar prowess.
Fascinated by the compositional elements of music, David went to school to study with two of southern California’s most prominent classical composers. He developed a signature writing style with an ever-present weaving of interesting guitar work through his backdrops.
After leaving active playing to own a very successful musical instrument store, get married and raise a daughter, the creative call was too great to resist and David began teaching developing artists how to perfect their writing styles while using his abilities to both arrange and produce their music. He began doing a small amount of live playing again, which put him in perfect position to receive “the call.” One day Rebeca called him inquiring about them working together and she had such an amazing voice and gift for melody writing that the answer was obvious. And the rest will become history.