"One should probably like Randi Fay simply because she is one of the nicest human beings ever, but if you take a few moments to listen, a number of things become apparent: 1) her voice is worthy of her "vocalist of the year" nominations and she sings both standards and her own material in a manner that brings a unique and very listenable quality to every song; 2) she is a gifted and talented lyricist-songwriter whose compositions are both engaging and entertaining; and 3) she is a true pro who prepares, chooses her musicians and her material in service of the performance and her audience. Her life, education and career have positioned her to both entertain and offer valuable insights listeners in settings ranging from intimate venues to corporate events."
-George Halas, Producer, Musical-Theatrical at CAUSE:SUCCESS, INC.
Rändi Fay, a Green Bay, Wisconsin native, has traveled far from her training as a veterinarian to being one of Northeast Wisconsin's top performers, recording artists and songwriters. Her songs "Freely Given" and "Winter Wind" were both 2017 semi-finalists in the noted international "UK SONGWRITING CONTEST" and her music has earned her nominations for "Female Vocalist of the Year" (2015) and "Jazz Artist of the Year" (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI).
Multi-genre vocalist and songwriter, Rändi brings an imaginative vibe to original songs as well as standards and pop classics through a lively, lyric-driven interplay of jazz, blues, rock and pop. Described as "poetry set to music," Rändi's lyrics display her empathy for the passions of her listeners. Whether live or a product of her prolific studio work, her great grooves, memorable melodies, and skillful blending of genre along with her critically hailed rich and colorful voice allow listeners a very personal connection to her music.
Rändi’s live performances range from more personal shows (house concerts), to festival appearances, to keynote concerts at corporate events. Regardless of the audience size, Rändi brings authenticity and intimacy to her performance. In her own words: "I make music with the purpose of connecting worlds: blending genre, "recreating" classics while creating originals, hoping to capture the kaleidoscope of real."
~~~ In 2005, after injuries to her right arm and hand limited her veterinary practice, Rändi shifted her career focus to performing and producing music. She has since sung and soloed with many fine ensembles in northeastern Wisconsin, including the Emerald Heart Quartet, the Dudley Birder Chorale, the Symphony Chorale/Green Bay Choral Artists, Regency Singers, Steppin’ Out, Broadway Mania, Project Pink, Daddy D Productions, the Allouez Village Band and the Big Band Reunion.
~~~ In 2010, Rändi began her solo career with pianist John Contratto in the jazz duo "Rhapsody." In 2011, she established her jazz/blues ensemble "Limited Edition,” drawing from many of Wisconsin's finest jazz musicians and named for the unique chemistry “seasoned jazzers” bring to a show. Event technology specialist Sonic MD has been an integral part of her show since the beginning, keeping the performance seamless.
~~~ Rändi's recording experience includes co-producing three CD's with multi-instrumentalist Hans Christian at Studio 330 in Sturgeon Bay, WI. “Close to My Heart; Love Songs and Lullabies” was released in November 2010, and "Noël" in October 2011. These two projects are the result of rich collaborations with musicians Hans, George Sawyn and Woody Mankowski on both, and Tom Smith and John Contratto on the first. In June, 2012, she released her third CD: "That Old Black Magic." This project features jazz greats Chris Salerno, John Gibson and Danny Lueck, along with Hans and Woody, playing fresh jazz arrangements of beloved standards.
~~~ Summer 2013 brought a new development in Rändi's career: writing and performing original music. Solo and collaborative compositions by Rändi and bassist Mick Maloney have become a regular part of their performances. Rändi’s fourth CD, "Falling" (June, 2014,) is her first all-original offering, bringing in the musical crafting of established talents Bob Balsley, Greg Pagel, Hans Christian, Bob Levy, Kevin Crocker and Kurt Risch. Recorded at Rock Garden Studio in Appleton, WI and co-produced with Marc Golde, "Falling" is a credited venture into her hallmark Lyrical Jazz, further developing Rändi's unique niche in the popular music scene.
~~~ The highlights of 2015-18 include Wisconsin Area Music Industry nominations for "Jazz Artist of the Year" (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and "Female Vocalist of the Year" (2015). Rändi earned her "Master's Certificate" in Songwriting, through the Berklee Online/Berklee College of Music. She has expanded her collaborative writing relationships, working with songwriters across the US, Canada and Europe. Rändi added sought-after percussionist James LeFevre and guitarist Scott Dercks to her performing fold, bringing their creative rhythmic flavor to performances. Rändi has also teamed up with esteemed producer and co-writer Aaron Zinsmeister of White Raven Audio in an extensive, expansive recording journey that includes contemporary, ventures into pop, rock, new age, R&B and more. Single releases, “Sleep, Baby, Sleep (arr. Robert Casady),” “Love Is,” “He Said” (2016) and “Winter Wind” (2017) have received international airplay, setting the momentum for the release of the CD "Chrysalis" in July, 2017, the single "Moonlight" in October, 2017 and the holiday EP "Evergreen" in November 2017.
~~~ Rändi's home life includes a love of her growing family, her cats and dogs, reading, gardening, baking, skiing. iPhone photography and the Green Bay Packers.
~~~ Rändi's independent music label is Emerald Heart Productions, LLC (est. 2008) and her publishing company is Emerald Heart Music & Lyrics (est. 2014).