One of the pioneers of Contemporary Christian Music is being celebrated for 50 years of music and ministry.
Randy Stonehill made his debut in 1971 with his Born Twice album. Popstar Pat Boone helped Stonehill with the album, and they recorded it for only $800. In the Encyclopedia of contemporary Christian music, Stonehill is quoted as saying that the recording "sounds like every penny of it."
Over the years Stonehill worked with some other beloved pioneers of CCM, including Larry Norman and Phil Keaggy.
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He has released nearly 30 albums over the last five decades, including his latest, Lost Art of Listening in 2020.
Now, 22 artists have come together to pay tribute to Stonehill by singing some of his most beloved songs.
The project is being funded by a Kickstarter that so far has seen almost 1,000 people give over $80,000 in just three days.
His best friend and manager of 30 years, Ray Ware, says he wanted to do something special to mark Stonehill's 50th anniversary.
Among the songs covered is "I Love You," performed by Keaggy, John Thompson, Alex MacDougall, and Michele Pillar. The song also includes original recordings of Larry Norman performing vocals. They released a video of the single on Monday, Sep. 13.
The entire project also includes artists like Amy Grant, Sixpence None The Richer, Michael W. Smith, Steve Taylor, Russ Taff, Jars Of Clay, and many other Christian artists.
Backers of the Kickstarter will receive digital downloads or hard-copies of the two-disc set, depending on donation levels.
Stonehill was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2010.