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In the early days of the often-called "Jesus Movement"... Randy Stonehill collaborated with many of the most vital and important voices in the Christian music scene. Here's a brief run-down of the cast of characters and Randy's own ruminations on what they mean to him.
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Phil Madeira is certainly one of the most influential Christian musicians no one outside the business has ever heard of. His history in Christian music can be traced all the way back to the earliest days of the Jesus Movement when he played in various bands and backed up artists like Larry Norman. He was a featured member of Phil Keaggy's band on the Emerging record and has remained a constant contributor to various projects ever since. A true multi-instrumentalist, Madeira began as a drummer and then became one of the most sought after Hammond B3 Organ players in Nashville, lending his incredible sound to albums by Amy Grant, Emmylou Harris, Rich Mullins and many more. Having recently mastered a slew of various stringed instruments, including lap and pedal-steel guitars, sitar, dobro, mandolin and anything else that one might find on a country record, Madeira has been enlisted as a sideman for many groups. He is also emerging as a successful producer and has a long list of hit songs as a writer. Phil Madeira has worked on several of my records over the years. He's such a versatile and creative musician that his contribution to 'sweetening the tracks is all but indispensable. His instinct for picking the right instrument and approach for each song just knocks me out. - RS work!) - RS