Randy Montana At Grand Ole Opry
Randy Montana is a Nashville country singer who grew up watching his songwriting father and learned to play guitar at 10. Montana's raw-edged, raspy voice has been hailed by critics as a refreshing and authentic addition to modern country music.
Born in Albany, New York, Montana grew up in Nashville, where his father, Billy Montana, was a successful songwriter who wrote No. 1 hots for Garth Brooks, Sara Evans, and Jo Dee Messina. Randy Montana has followed in his father's footsteps, finding his own songwriting style and performing as well. Montana worked odd jobs in college, roofing houses, waiting tables, and bartending while also playing in a band called Homestead and learning how to entertain a crowd. Montana's songwriting portfolio quickly gained attention. Montgomery Gentry recorded his song “Can't Feel the Pain,” and a few years after signing his first publishing deal, Montana was performing his own songs and touring as an opener for Little Big Town, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, and Sugarland. Montana made
Randy Montana's self-titled debut album was released in 2011. Montana co-wrote 9 of the album's 11 songs, including a few that he worked on with his father. Montana's songs range from feel-good tunes to sad, regretful songs, but all feature the themes of relationships and youthful restlessness. “1,000 Faces” and “Ain't Much Left of Lovin' You” became radio hits. Emmylou Harris was so impressed with Montana that she sings harmony on “Last Horse.” Randy Montana was named one of the top five new artists by Southern Living magazine's Best of the South issue.