Encouragers I: Finding the Light

Encouragers I: Finding the Light

by Randall Franks


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Seeking to inspire the Encourager in each of us.
Encouragers I:Finding the Light includes 49 stories and 114 photos highlighting entertainers, actors and everyday folks who shared their light with former network star, entertainer and columnist Randall Franks. The Independent Country Music Hall of Fame member and International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend is best known for his role as "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." In this first of a three-volume series, Franks highlights the encouraging nature of the people who inspired his early life, such as WSB Barndance stars Cotton and Jane Carrier and Grand Ole Opry star Bashful Brother Oswald; American icon Bob Hope and "Gunsmoke" legend Ken Curtis; country music masters Bill Monroe and Johnny Cash; bluegrass hall of famers Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and "The Andy Griffith Show" star Doug Dillard; and heralded gospel music performers the Marksmen Quartet, the Lewis Family and Jeff & Sheri Easter. Also included are 149 special Moments in Time photos from Randall's personal collection and 49 celebrity, family and friend recipes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984910816
Publisher: Peach Picked Publishing
Publication date: 05/04/2014
Series: Encouragers , #1
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Actor/entertainer Randall Franks is best known as "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night," a role he performed on NBC and CBS from 1988-1993. He also starred with Robert Townsend in the series "Musical Theater of Hope" airing on GMC (Gospel Music Channel).
He has co-starred or starred in 15 films with superstars including Dolly Parton, Christian Slater, William Hurt, and Stella Parton and legendary western star "Doc" Tommy Scott. His most recent film is "Lukewarm" with John Schneider, Nicole Gale Anderson, and Bill Cobbs.
Franks' musical stylings have been heard in 150 countries and by more than 25 million Americans. The Independent Country Music Hall of Fame member's musical career boasts 19 album releases, 19 singles, and over 200 recordings with artists from various genres. The International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend annually hosts the historic Grand Master Fiddler Championship at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. The award-winning fiddler's best-selling release, "Handshakes and Smiles," was a top twenty Christian music seller. The Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame member shared a top country vocal collaboration with Grand Ole Opry stars the Whites. In addition to his solo career, which includes 13 years guest starring for the Grand Ole Opry, Franks is a former member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and Jim and Jesse's Virginia Boys. He has performed with Jeff and Sheri Easter, the Lewis Family, the Marksmen Quartet, the Watkins Family, Elaine and Shorty, "Doc" Tommy Scott's Last Real Old Time Medicine Show, and Doodle and the Golden River Grass.
He is also president of the Share America Foundation, Inc. that provides the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship to musicians continuing the traditional music of Appalachia.
He authored four other books, including "A Mountain Pearl: Appalachian Reminiscing and Recipes;" "Stirring Up Success with a Southern Flavor," and "Stirring Up Additional Success with a Southern Flavor" with Shirley Smith; and "Snake Oil, Superstars and Me" with "Doc" Tommy Scott and Shirley Swiesz.
A journalist with more than 20 state and national awards, Franks is also a syndicated columnist with his "Southern Style" appearing weekly in newspapers from North Carolina to Texas and at http://randallfranks.com/. He was included among his generation's leading country humorists in the Loyal Jones book "Country Music Humorists and Comedians."

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