A piano-playing singer/songwriter and film composer from the grand musical heritage of Kansas City, Randy Bonifield's recent work reflects a wide range of musical exploration – new singles in 2021 and 2022, a 2021 re-release of a song cycle of previously unreleased songs from his vault (originally released n 2013), a liturgical journey through Lent in 2018, a Christmas album in 2019, film scores from successful independent films on the festival circuit in 2017 and 2019, and a new film score coming in 2023. While these projects represent the breadth of his work (or artistic wanderlust, one might say), Randy has devoted most of his career to the world of sacred artistry and liturgy, serving as a pastor of congregational worship for the last twenty years in the southern part of Kansas City.
Loves: family, baseball, brass bands, freshly tuned pianos, old hymnals, the sound of a record needle when it first makes contact with an LP, bunting against the shift, anything with a 6/8 gospel groove, deep conversation over a warm latte, Jesus, and a good game of catch. Not in that particular order.
Influences: Bruce Hornsby, Ray Charles, PJ Morton, Keith Green, Billy Joel, Richard Page, Keb' Mo', Gabe Dixon, William Himes, James Curnow, Rob Mathes, James Newton Howard, Thomas Newman, Constance Cherry, N.T. Wright, James K.A. Smith, Buck O'Neil, Robert and Ruth Bonifield, cool Summer nights, a melancholy soul, a really good story, and the love of a girl named Wendy.