Randy Barnes, originally from Kirksville, Mo., grew up listening to Southern Gospel music, from groups such as the Blackwood Brothers, Statesmen, Jake Hess and the Imperials, Chuck Wagon Gang, and many others.Â He began singing in church at a very young age, and would occasionally join his sisters on the platform.Â After High School he joined the Air Force and eventually ended up in Louisiana where he attended Oakmont Church of God. There he joined up with a trio traveling from church to church on the weekends.Â A career change to law enforcement, and a move to Texas, limited the amount of travel Randy could do, so he sang in his local church as often as he could, but he also continued to sing with local and regional groups.
In 2008 Randy retired and began singing with The Voyagers Quartet out of Little Rock, Ar.Â He sang lead for the quartet, and God began opening several doors for the group and for Randy.Â During the 4+ years that he sang with the group, he also sang with the legendary Melody Boys Quartet whenever Gerald Williams needed a fill-in!Â While singing with the Voyagers, Randy felt God placing a calling on his life to move into a fulltime ministry.Â The only question Randy had was whereâ€¦. Eventually, the answer came; 2ndÂ Generationâ€¦ The ministry-minded focus of Elaine and Brenda was exactly what Randy was looking for.Â Randy says, â€œWe sang together a few times in rehearsal, then a couple of weekend concerts. It felt right, and God was doing some great things in the services!â€Â â€œI am honored to be a part of 2ndÂ Generation!â€
Randy and his wife Linda have been married for 33 years and have one son, Michael.Â They have 2 grandchildren, and as of January 2014â€¦one more on the way!!Â They now live in Cabot, Ar.
Randy has several favorite verses; but one of his favorites is: Isaiah 40:31
â€œBut they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.â€Â
We are so excited about having Randy join 2ndÂ G,â€ mentioned 2nd Generationâ€™s Brenda Denney and Elaine Robinson. â€œWe have been through a few changes over the years, but with every change God has taken 2ndÂ G to a new level and we are expecting great things aheadâ€.
2nd Generation is in the process gathering new songs to fit the new trio and will be in the studio recording a new project soon. Until then be listening to Southern Gospel radio for a new 2nd Generation single to be released Jan 2014. All radio promotions are being done in-house for the group, so for more information on how to obtain the new single, please contactÂ 2nd Generation.