Our Musicians

Malaika Randolph

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Malaika Randolph grew up as a military child who traveled the world with her parents, Melvin and Susan Randolph. She earned a BA in Mass Communications/Journalism at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton TX, this summer (2021). Her passions include writing, art, sports, photography, and music. She has served congregations in Kitzingen, Germany, Dodge City Kansas, Killeen, TX, Belton, TX, and San Angelo, TX. Prior to graduation, she contracted music, art, and dance classes to local Central Texas daycares and has played in nursing homes around the state.

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Carol Saddington

Carol Lefferts Saddington was raised in the Philadelphia suburb of Glenside, PA, the fourth of eight siblings, and started piano lessons at age 5 ($2/lesson in the 50's!), completing 9 years. Through her love of reading, she picked up "mad skills" in spelling and editing, supplemented by the intense curriculum of a junior college in NJ. Her corporate secretarial career included years with Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries in PA and NJ, followed by years of working with (and playing the piano for) pastors of churches in Princeton, NJ; Jacksonville, FL; Tokyo, Japan*; Austin, TX; and volunteer editing of school, church, and family newsletters along the way. (*While in Tokyo, Carol found herself accompanying a worship service for a Mormon neighbor!)

 

She and Jeff dated for 7 years while they completed their educations, then married in '74 and raised 5 amazing children who now live in Honolulu, Norcross (GA), Burke (VA), Austin, and Dallas, along with 4 spouses, a significant other, and 7 grandchildren. Carol's hobbies include cross-stitch, word games, jigsaw puzzles, making chocolate chip cookies, laughing with Jeff, and of course, playing the piano daily!  

Jamie Taylor

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Jamie (or Jamieson, if you like) is a native Austinite who grew up making music in the church. She has a BM in Music Ed from the University of Texas and has been teaching music and singing professionally for 16 years. Her worship experience began early, as a cantor in the Catholic Church— often singing with her Baptist father and big brother—and continued after college as a contract musician and part-time choir director for a few Presbyterian (PCA) congregations in Austin. Thanks to her broad professional experience and family history, Jamie has a passion for ecumenism. 

 

When she's not making music or teaching, Jamie loves Austin trails. You can find her on Bull Creek many days of the week listening to Bible Project podcasts. She also loves her pandemic-era ecumenical community on Weird Christian Twitter (yes, it's a thing!). Favorite books include but are not limited to: anything Jane Austen, Tolkien, the Aubrey/Maturin series, and she is a bit of a C.S. Lewis completionist. She loves YouTubers who make fun videos about things they are great at like sewing, baking, history, and more. She loves kind TV shows like Making It, Great British Bake Off, and beautifully animated movies. She thinks Over The Garden Wall is practically perfect in every way. 

 

Jamie lives in Northwest Austin with her rescue dog, Theo (a.k.a The Most Excellent Theophilus).