Shipshewana Breakfast Club – Lynda Randle
Lynda Tait Randle, as Bill Gaither has fondly introduced her for over a decade, was born in the inner city of Washington, D.C. She is the middle child of seven and feels blessed to have had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. Although her parents, Nathel and Maxine Tait, taught her and her siblings the love of Christ very early on, Lynda still experienced a tumultuous and painful childhood. Despite being led to the Lord at the young age of 12, it would be years later before she really experienced the freedom from bondage that only God could give, Music became a way out of pain and heartache for Lynda and as a result of this God-given gift, many doors of opportunity have opened up for her.
Lynda’s distinct alto voice has created opportunities for her to minister across the United States and around the world. Her gift has allowed her to share the stage with musical legends, from Andre Crouch to Gladys Knight. Lynda has opened for national sporting events and has had the distinct honor of being a musical guest for a Billy Graham crusade. She has been a favorite on the Gaither Homecoming Series and Videos. Her two most requested songs are “God On The Mountain” and “I’m Free.” In 2005, she won a Dove Award for her album, “A Tribute To Mahalia Jackson.” One remarkable element to Lynda and her ministry is her ability to quickly build rapport with audiences and draw them together regardless of age, race, or ethnicity. Her message and music is truly cross cultural. This is a theme that can be seen through her individual performances, women’s conferences, books, and albums.
Her most recent release,”Ageless Hymns: Songs of Joy” is the last in a series of three albums dedicated to specifically to those timeless, classic songs of the faith. This brand new “Songs of Joy” album is a lively collection of songs that will uplift, renew and encourage the soul.This project features favorites such as”Windows of Heaven,” “Beulah Land,”” Heaven Came Down” and ‘He Touched Me’.
While many may know Lynda as a singer, songwriter, author, and TV personality, her most cherished roles are that of wife to Michael Randle and mother to her two precious daughters, Patience and Joy. Michael’s background growing up on the streets of Kansas City’s inner-city and his dramatic conversion experience give him a powerful voice to youth who find themselves in the same desperation he knew. Michael is currently the lead pastor at Mosaic Bible Fellowship, a new church plant in Kansas City, Missouri near the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz District. The Randles enjoy various occasions where they are able to minister together with Michael speaking and Lynda singing.