Energy runs through everything Randy Everett does. His music and paintings vibrate with life. Driven by endless curiosity about the world around him, he fuses together everything he learns and pours it into his music and art.
Born in Newton, Mississippi, Randy is a largely self-taught musician. Shortly after beginning piano lessons at age 9, he began composing songs. Being more interested in pursuing his own vision than in playing Three Blind Mice, the lessons didn’t last long. But it was the guitar that would become his great love. Randy held a guitar for the first time at the age of 14, and took to it immediately. The guitar belonged to a cousin, and Randy was determined to get one of his own, working summer jobs to earn the money—an electric guitar, red, from Western Auto.
Pretty soon Randy put together a band and recorded three songs in a studio in Vicksburg that got airplay on the local radio station. He never recovered from the thrill of that first recording experience, and has worked as a recording engineer and record producer ever since. He also continued to hone his guitar skills, becoming a highly accomplished musician, composer, and guitar teacher.
Randy’s musical influences include Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, John Coltrane, Josef Zawinul, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Michael Brecker, among many others.
Randy’s love of music is nearly matched by a love of art. His love of drawing began in grade school, but it wasn’t until a freshman art class that he began to explore his potential. Though inspired by the class, he kept his focus on music, and it would be over two decades before he took up a brush again.
But when he did, he made up for lost time, quickly creating a sizeable body of work with a distinctive visual style and a witty, thought-provoking point of view. Randy’s paintings express ideas that range from fundamental questions about the universe to details of daily life, in a style all his own.
As with music and art, Randy’s passion for recording began young. At the age of 17, his parents bought him a ¼” reel-to-reel tape recorder as a Christmas gift. In no time, he was recording songs off the radio and doing his own edits with a razor blade and tape, learning the basic skills that would serve him his entire career.
When one of Randy’s guitar students asked for his help setting up some recording equipment, Randy helped him out. Then Randy began bringing in bands to record, and Terminal Recording Studios was born.
Twenty years on, Terminal remains a busy and thriving studio with a client list that includes MCA records, Virgin, Capitol, DB records (Atlanta), Sony, Blackberry, and many independent labels and production companies. Projects recorded at Terminal have garnered five Grammys and eight Grammy nominations.