Brooks, Randy

Randy Brooks is inevitably introduced as “the man who wrote ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’” – the multi-million seller that one Nashville publisher has called “The ‘Gambler’ of Christmas songs.”  “Grandma” earned Randy SESAC Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year honors, spawned an animated Christmas special, toys, ornaments, greeting cards, apparel, video games, a branded hot chocolate mix, a Tesla dashboard app, and inflatable yard abominations.  The song has been used in many movies and TV shows – most recently Gwen Stefani’s Christmas special and NBC’s “The Good Place” – and covered by everyone from Ray Stevens to the Coasters.

“Grandma” is typical of the novelty songs for which Randy is known.  His “Percy the Puny Poinsettia” was also a million-seller by virtue of sharing vinyl with “Grandma.” “Will You Be Ready at the Plate When Jesus Throws the Ball” appeared under the closing credits of the Showtime movie “Pride Against Prejudice: The Larry Doby Story.”

Randy has decades of performing credits, as far back as a trip to New York from his native Louisville, Kentucky, to appear on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour at the age of 15. He has performed in 25 states and nine countries outside the U.S.  He entertained with USO in Vietnam, Thailand, and Europe. More recently Randy has performed at Nashville’s Tin Pan South songwriter festival and at the Bluebird Café, the Kerrville organization’s Southwest Regional Folk Alliance, the Smoky Mountain Songwriters’ Festival, and as a guest performer with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. In addition to solo appearances, he plays bass and sings with Dallas-based pool party band The Bad Monkeys and longtime Americana group Young Country.

Posted in 2018 Featured Performers, Names A-E.