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Randy Houser

Randy Houser
Houser at Walmart Soundcheck in 2013
Background information
Birth name Shawn Randolph Houser[1]
Born (1975-12-18) December 18, 1975 [2]
Origin Lake, Mississippi, USA
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts

Shawn Randolph "Randy" Houser (born December 18, 1975) is an American country music artist. Signed to Universal South Records in 2008, he charted the single "Anything Goes". It was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country singles chart and the title track to his debut album of the same name, which also produced his first Top 10 hit, "Boots On". In 2012, he moved to Broken Bow Records imprint Stoney Creek. He reached Number One with "How Country Feels", the title track to his third album, and with "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" in 2013.

He co-wrote the singles "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" by Trace Adkins, "Back That Thing Up" by Justin Moore, and "My Cowboy" by country pop artist Jessie James.


  • Biography 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Music career 3
    • Debut album: Anything Goes (2008–09) 3.1
    • Second album: They Call Me Cadillac (2009–10) 3.2
    • How Country Feels (2011–15) 3.3
    • Upcoming fourth studio album (2015–present) 3.4
    • Continuing education 3.5
  • Discography 4
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Randy Houser was born in Lake, Mississippi. His father, a professional musician as well, performed at various local venues.[3] Houser fronted his own band by age ten, and while attending East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi, he formed a band called 10 lb. Biscuit.[4]

By 2002, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to begin a songwriting career. One of his first hits as a songwriter was "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk", which he co-wrote with Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson.[5] It was recorded by Trace Adkins for his 2005 album Songs About Me, and was a Top 5 single.[4] After that success, Houser shifted his focus to performing, and started playing at local gigs in Nashville. He was briefly signed to MCA Nashville but did not release anything.[6]

Personal life

Randy Houser married Jessa Lee Yantz on Sept 2, 2011, who gave birth to a son named West Yantz Houser on March 6, 2012.[7] In 2014 Country Weekly confirmed that Randy filed for divorce and a restraining order from his wife after 2½ years of marriage. Randy Houser got engaged to his Australian girlfriend, Tatiana Starzynski April 30, 2015.[8]

Music career

Debut album: Anything Goes (2008–09)

Houser signed to Universal South Records in 2008. His first single, "Anything Goes", was released in May of that year.[9] It was co-written by Brice Long and John Wiggins.[4] Houser performed the song on Late Show with David Letterman in August after Letterman heard it on a satellite radio station.[10] The song entered the Top 40 of the Billboard country chart that same month. His debut album, also titled Anything Goes, was released in November, at which point the title track was in the Top 20. "Boots On" was released as the album's second single in February 2009 and became his first Top Ten hit in July. Houser also co-wrote "Back That Thing Up", the debut single for Valory Music Group artist Justin Moore. It peaked at #38 on Hot Country Songs in December 2008.

Houser received two nominations for the 2009 CMA Awards, including New Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for "Boots On".

Second album: They Call Me Cadillac (2009–10)

Houser, along with Jamey Johnson and Jessie James co-wrote "My Cowboy", James's third single from her self-titled debut album. It was released in late October 2009, and was also released as a music video.

Also in October 2009, Houser released his third single. The song titled "Whistlin' Dixie" was the lead-off single to his second studio album, They Call Me Cadillac. It debuted at #59 on the Billboard country songs chart before the initial release date of November 2, 2009. It peaked at #31 in January 2010. Afterward came "I'm All About It", which peaked at #49 and was not included on the album. His fifth single, "A Man Like Me", he co-wrote with Danny Green and Jameson Clark.

How Country Feels (2011–15)

In 2011, he released the song "In God's Time", which peaked at 54 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and never appeared on an album. He left Show Dog-Universal in 2011 and signed with Broken Bow Records' Stoney Creek division.[11]

On May 7, 2012, Houser released "How Country Feels", his first single on Stoney Creek. On February 2, 2013, the song became Houser's first Number One on the Country Airplay chart. His first Stoney Creek album, also titled How Country Feels, was released on January 22, 2013. The album's second single, "Runnin' Outta Moonlight", was released to radio on March 4. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in August 2013. The album's third single, "Goodnight Kiss", was released to country radio on September 23, 2013, with "Like a Cowboy" following in 2014. It reached number 3 on the Country Airplay chart in March 2015.

The album also features a duet with Kristy Lee Cook titled "Wherever Love Goes". For its single release, the song was re-recorded to make Cook the lead artist and Houser the featured artist. This version was released in late 2013 as Cook's second single for Broken Bow.

Upcoming fourth studio album (2015–present)

In April 2015, Houser released a new single titled "We Went", which serves as the lead single to his upcoming fourth studio album.[12] Houser will begin his supporting tour, dubbed the "We Went Tour," in November, with shows continuing through the end of the year.[13]

Continuing education

In July 2015, Houser announced plans to pursue a law degree while simultaneously continuing his efforts in the music industry. He enrolled in the Texas Tech University School of Law in August 2015 with intentions to graduate in 2018 and seek admission to the State Bar of Texas.[14] As of September 2015, Houser intends to pursue a double concentration in intellectual property and jurisprudence.[15]


Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Result
2009 Country Music Association New Artist of the Year Nominated
Music Video of the Year - "Boots On" Nominated
2010 Academy of Country Music Video of the Year - "Boots On" Nominated
CMT Music Awards USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year - "Boots On" Nominated
2011 Academy of Country Music Top New Solo Vocalist Nominated
2013 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year - "How Country Feels" Nominated
2014 Male Video of the Year - "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" Nominated
2015 Country Music Association Song of the Year - "Like A Cowboy" Nominated


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External links

  • Official Website
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