RANDY JOE HEAVIN (hey-vin) was born in Columbia Missouri. At the age of two, his family packed up everything and moved to Rockford Illinois, that’s where he and his love for music grew. Music always had an important role in the Heavin home. Randy’s father Jess, was the bass player and lead singer for a very popular country band which regularly practiced in the basement, and Randy was there for every second, always hoping that one day he would get his chance to take the stage and sing.
When Randy turned eleven years old, his parents divorced, leaving him, three brothers and four sisters to be cared for solely by their Mother. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough money for a guitar, or music lessons, yet Randy did his best to keep the music alive. He could always be found on the front porch singing his heart out to any old record he could find. According to Randy, his father was his all time favorite entertainer. Some of Randy’s other more notable favorites were Elvis, Johnny Cash, Cal Smith, Farron Young.
In 1984, Randy joined the United States Air Force where he became an aircraft pneudraulics mechanic. His duties have taken him to Spain, Guam, Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Alaska, and Hawaii. His dedication to the service earned him an incredible list of awards and decorations such as two Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals, seven Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service medal just to name a few. After 21 years of service to our country Randy retired from the USAF as a Senior Master Sergeant.
Randy has been and remains very active in the local country music community and takes every opportunity to promote the industry as a whole. He is a former Vice-President of the Oklahoma Country Music Association (OCMA) and regularly performs on the OCMA Monthly Jubilees. Randy has performed at The Oklahoma Opry, The Trolley Town Music Hall, and even performed on a local TV program in Nashville. Randy’s most memorable performance was the time he and his good friend Clay Davidson played and sang together in the lounge of a Holiday Inn immediately after Clay had opened for Kenny Chesney.
Randy’s love and dedication to country music show in many ways and are reflected by some of his more notable accomplishments so early in the pursuit of his career. The OCMA awarded Randy the Male Rising Star Award for 2003, and again in 2004. He also received the Male Vocalist Award for 2004. Although still learning, Randy’s instrument of choice is the acoustic guitar, but is also very talented with a harmonica. In addition, Randy is an excellent songwriter. His excellent songwriting ability is reflected in his song titled STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND NO PLACE, which won the May 2005 round of the Song of The Year competition, supported by VH1. His song titled KICK IT AT THE CASA was also a finalist in the prestigious John Lennon International song-writing contest.
Randy has earned a Black Belt in Chinese Kempo and his hobbies include, working out and bass fishing. Although never married, Randy does share his home and heart with his loyal and best friend Opry, a Black Lab that he found hiding in the doorway of the Oklahoma Opry on a cold rainy night.
If you would like to know more about Randy, or would like to get together for a good old fashion garage hootenanny, check out his web site at www.randyheavin.com or email him at Rockford8@aol.com