Looking forward to Sharp

You might not know the name Randy Sharp right away, but his songs are as familiar as a hot Valley summer.

Sharp is a country singer/songwriter who has written songs for Clay Walker, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, and the Dixie Chicks. Many of his country western songs have received awards, including Grammys. He is also the father of Country singer-songwriter Maia Sharp. In 2002, Sharp released an album singing his own songs entitled The Connection.

Randy has written many songs that have risen to the top of the country music charts. “Why Does It Have to Be Wrong or Right” and “A Tender Lie” recorded by Restless Heart; “Nobody’s Talking,” “Even Now,” and “Yet” recorded with Exile; and “Then What” recorded by Clay Walker.

Sharp has an endless list of songs, artists and original music to play during his one night only show at 7:30 p.m. on March 16 at the Lindsay Community Theater. Sharp belongs to the “million-airs” club, meaning songs that have played more than a million times on the air waves. “Why Does It Have to Be Wrong or Right (two million),” “You Will,” and “Then What.”

His other charted songs include: “The Cheap Seats” by Alabama; “You Will” by Patti Loveless; “New Way Out” by Karen Brooks; “If That’s What You’re Thinking” by Karen Brooks; “Unconditional Love” by Glen Campbell; “She Can’t Love You” by Boy Howdy; “Could It Be Love” by Jennifer Warnes; “Take Your Love Away” by Mary McGregor.

The list of artists who have recorded his songs includes many of the best recording artists of all time: Dolly Parton, Linda Rondstadt, Emmy Lou Harris, Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, Kathy Mattea, Anne Murray, Oakridge Boys, Marty Robbins, Jerry Reed, Lee Greenwood, Delaney Bramlett, Mandy Barnett, Maura O’Connell, Ray Stevens, Cleve Francis, Maia Sharp, Edgar Winter, Brothers Phelps, Holly Dunn, Texas Tornadoes, John Conlee, The Moffatts, The Crickets, Blood Sweat and Tears, Kennedy Rose, Patti Page and Big Bird.

Randy is credited with songs in several Hollywood films: The Horse Whisperer, The Apostle, Follow That Bird (Sesame Street Movie) and Speechless. He also served as President of the board of directors of the National Academy of Songwriters for three years, and is currently a board member of the Songwriters Guild of America.

The Lindsay Community Theater is located at 190 N. Elmwood Ave. in Lindsay. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For tickets, call 559-562-1659 or email [email protected] for reservations.

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