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  • 13 CDs Recorded
  • 1.1m miles traveled
  • 21 yrs singing
  • 2014 Joined MTQ
  • 4000+ concerts
  • 1994 Singing Since

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Randy Byrd inherited his love for music from his mother, Alice Byrd and at the tender age of five he stood up in church and sang his first song in front of an audience.  A few years later, his Sunday School Teacher, Ernest Chamblee, introduced him to quartet music.  “He took me to a singing in Little Rock, Arkansas when I was about twelve,” says Randy, “I heard the Cathedrals and was hooked!”  Years later, Randy would find out that Mark Trammell was at the same concert…

With the love of this music running through his veins, Randy began his career by singing with a few local groups before joining his first male quartet, Majesty, based out of Des Moines, Iowa.  It was during his time with Majesty that he had the opportunity to join the Blackwood Gospel Quartet and bring the name out of retirement.  Randy stayed with them a little under eight years.  When it was time for Randy to move on he joined The Anchormen for a brief period but came to find that he was situated too far away from his family, so he moved back to Tennessee and took a job singing with the LeFevre Quartet.  “I enjoyed my time with these groups but I knew in my heart that God had something special for me,” Randy shares.  “When I left LeFevres I really began to seek God for the right place.”  More specifically, he desired to be involved in a full-time ministry.  Meanwhile, he was singing part time with The Songfellows Quartet and became engaged to his future wife, Tracy Kelley, when the door opened to fill in for MTQ while they were accepting auditions for the bass position.  “It was a dream come true to sing with Mark,” says Randy.  During that time it became obvious that Randy was a perfect fit for the quartet; he and Tracy began to ask the Lord for three specific things that would determine if this was where He wanted Randy.  Little did the couple know that Mark was praying the same prayer!  The Lord answered their requests and exceeded their expectations when in July of 2014 the official announcement was made, Randy was the Mark Trammell Quartet’s new bass singer.  Randy and Tracy were married in August.  Randy concludes, “I'm grateful to my daughters, Misti, Tiffani and Kristin, for sacrificing so much to allow me to pursue my calling!  I'm excited for our future with the Mark Trammell Quartet!”