Randolph Matthews is an experienced teacher and brilliant vocal performer specialising in diverse contemporary styles. In his own work Randolph is particularly influenced by the great music of Richie Havens, Seal and Bobby McFerrin. Randolph fell in love with music at a young age and left a telecommunications career at the age of 21 to pursue music as a career and develop the layered voices and beats which he learnt as a kid. This early music schooling evolved in to Randolph soaking up London’s burgeoning late-‘80s soul-jazz scene, including regular trips to Norman Jay’s feted sessions at Hoxton’s Bass Clef. A career in music soon followed. He started out as a percussionist before finding his true vocation as a talented live vocalist, performer and lyricist. By the 1990s he was performing and leading backing vocals for the likes of US soul / boogie legend Don Blackman, recording with Arthur Baker on tracks for Brooklyn’s soul legend, Will Downing.
After and extensive period of collaboration Randolph went solo in 2006 to exercise the sounds he was still hearing and it wasn’t long before the year saw Matthews signed his first record contract and release his debut “I Love” with Documented. An aurally delicious blend of emotive words, chants inspired by progressive beats, produced by Tony Nwachuku (CDR/NEPA) and raw melodies, it was a promising experiment, for turning vocal emotions into something tangible.
Randolph took his time to listen to inspirational soloist such Keith Jarrett, Pat Methney and Bobby Mcferrin before his next release in 2011 of co produced world beat album Precious.

Randolph’s unique blend of Jazz, soul and ethnic beatbox has him following his love for interactive performance around the globe with a string of established artist in the last few years such as Plan B, Grace Jones, Shlomo (Edinburgh fringe tour) and world music artist Seun Kuti plus regular performance for the London Jazz festival and Ronnie Scotts Jazz audiences. His recent collaboration with Young voices choir took Randolph with 6,000 children up and down England from Manchester arena to the Royal Albert Hall performing to more than 500,000 people over two years alongside Alexandra burke, Beverley Knight and Irish folk singers The High Kings.” I love performing and use it as an opportunity to reject the predictable boundaries of vocal expression and get to the heart of what moves us in a performance space its just mind-blowing!”

Randolph has had a long teaching career and history with London Music School. He is both a private tutor for our full time vocal students and gives weekly vocal performance workshops.