10+ years in Nashville, TN session singing. High range vocals from falsetto to screaming. Pop music to hard rock- I am a master of stacking and blending for a wall of sound or solid support for the lead vocals.
For the past ten years, I have been performing session vocals for Nashville producers and studios, singing on projects ranging from pop to world music. I have earned a reputation for stacking and blending, as well as for ghosting lead vocals. My niche is singing high-range rock vocals (think ac/dc and Axl Rose).
Because I have a diverse timbre and can easily change my vocal style, I have sung on countless recording sessions. My range is more comfortable on the high end, but I can sing bass as well. I can even sing falsetto and have done throat singing occasionally. As a result of having such a wide range, I have sung as a background singer on songs that have played on the radio from North America to China. To hear some of my vocal work, go to randallthomasmusic.com
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Randall Thomas is and has been our go to guy for vocals here at Bingham Bend ( Michael McDonald's ) studio in Leipers Fork TN, just on the outskirts of Nashville. Randal can handle it all. He is a one man choir. Anything from gospel to hard rock. You will not be disappointed.
Randall is extremely versatile--it's amazing actually. Always professional, on time, and a quick learner. Impeccable pitch.
I've worked with Randall for years. His range and tone are extremely diverse, and he's super easy to work with. His sound is where edge meets feeling and soul. If you cross Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, Paul Rodgers, Axle Rose, and Rob Halford you might come close to describing Randall's range and tone. He sings his ass off, every time.
I’ve worked with Randall on multiple projects and I’m constantly blown away by his talent and professionalism. He has an extremely versatile voice and isn’t afraid to push himself out of his comfort zone. On top of that, he has a great personality, years of experience, and fits into any studio environment.
I have worked with Randall in the studio for many years. He is one of the top vocalist I have worked with for the past 18 years. Randall is professional and on time, he knows his craft and is always on the mark. Randall is one who gets the job done.
Interview with Randall Thomas
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I sang backgrounds on a project which Dave Mustain played on for a client. I must have looked important because he asked me who I was and when I told him I was there for BGV's he said "oh.." and walked away lol
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: whataworldpodcast.com - my podcast and always doing session vocals and voice overs.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on the song. You want fat, warm and compressed or crisp, clear and high end eq? Also are we editing on tape?! Cutting cross fades is time consuming as opposed to digital fading.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will always be respectful, pleasant, and deliver on time. The same I expect from you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Singing and voice over work in the studio is where I feel at home.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Does it hurt when you do that? Not if you do it right.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The intensity of what projects might call for in time and details can take multiple hours in some cases. But it always sounds so natural and easy! I go above and beyond to make sure my client gets the best performance, quality recording, and experience possible.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of feeling are you trying to convey? How intense do you want the vocals? What will this be used for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Give me as much or as little input you like, and tell me if you want gritty or clean vocals.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer, interface, mic, cables, and a keyboard.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started studio work when I was 15 and learned protools by 16. I have programmed music, written and sang countless songs over the years. At age 20 I really buckled down to do more session work for studios around Music Row in Nashville. I spent 10 years doing sessions in Nashville before coming out to Los Angeles where I am currently living and working!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Singing lead I keep it pretty clean but can change my vocal qualities so I have had producers say "No, give me the mean Randall!" meaning put some grit into it. I have a lot of power and force when I belt and can hit high notes no grown man should be able to hit.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jim Carrey - because I want to see what's up with him and his "I am the Walrus" performance was pretty great.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When it comes to the high level of performance some of us have to operate at, "If you think you can't do it, you won't" - meaning don't be a self fulfilling prophesy.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Singing, writing and voice.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can make the performance of the vocals fit whatever is needed. Whether it's padding Beatlesque vocals and softer, more subtle singing or even up to heavy metal and screaming. I have taken time to properly learn most techniques which clients are looking for. I am also very independent but will take any and all suggestions or critiques wholeheartedly thankful for your input!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually do a full take, then edit as needed. Then I'll do a second take to double the vocals as an option.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use the Shure SM7B and Cloudlifter mic activator with my Appollo Twin interface to record into Logic which is on my MacBook Pro.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: One of my professional mentors is Grady Walker who is the studio manager and engineer for Michael McDonald (Dooby Brothers, Steely Dan, etc.) in Nashville along with his wife Kathy. All of my friends I have made in the music industry inspire me. Voice acting- Mel Blanc is the first thing that came to mind but really it was Billy West who was king in my world.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Vocals- Pop, rock and alternative. Lead or Background. Voice- Voice Over work including commercial and character.