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February 20, 2013

Music graduate Randy Hannah has released his second solo album called “Music Theory.”

Randy wrote the retro-soul R&B songs as well as produced them on the independent record label he launched in 1997, Swagg Time Records. It’s available as an MP3 download

Randy Hannah  
Randy Hannah
at CD Baby

A former Student Government Association and Phi Beta Kappa officer, Randy graduated in December from St. Louis Community College and transferred to University of Missouri-St. Louis Pierre Laclede Honors College to pursue a business degree.

Thomas Zirkle, music department coordinator at Forest Park campus, commented: “Randy is a recent former student of mine. I am very proud of his work.”

Known as "R. Hannah" in his music career, he got his professional start with Rap-a-Lot Records in 1994 as a songwriter and member of the R&B group One Shade. In 1997, he began a solo career and launched the record label, which released his first solo project “Bout My Father’s Business,” an urban gospel project that received considerable radio airplay and record sales in southwest U.S.

“‘Music Theory’ represents the patience, practice, and commitment required to be successful. Because of the intense concentration that goes into writing, recording, and producing his music, this album is sure to deliver on its promise of excellence in meaningful content, quality sound, and the kind of creativity that Urban/R&B fans crave from Rhythm and Blues Albums,” state the CD Baby notes.

They described him as a “new balladeer,” with a rich masculine voice and songs of substance, comparing him to Babyface and Gerald Levert.

Hannah was honored last fall at the MCCA conference with a 2012 Student Leadership Award. During Hannah’s tenure on SGA and PTK at Forest Park, he spearheaded the “Commit to Complete” initiative on campus; led a coat drive for the Gateway 180 project; volunteered at a local food bank; raised funds and assisted with the adoption of 55 children for the SGA Angel Tree Project; and played a leadership role in the “Trees for Joplin” community service project.