Last week, the Country Music Association announced that the next President of its Board of Directors would be Randy Goodman, president of Lyric Street Records. Goodman, a native Nashvillian, received his bachelor of science in Political Science and Economics from David Lipscomb University. He also attended Belmont University’s Music Business College.
After graduation, Goodman spent 18 months working as a road manager. In 1980 he was hired by Tandy Rice’s Top Billing as the agency’s publicist. In 1981, he joined RCA Records as a publicist and spent five years living in Manhattan and Stamford, CT, while working for RCA in New York City.
He was hired by Joe Galante, who became Goodman’s mentor. Goodman quickly ascended through the company, working with such acts as Alabama, The Judds, Waylon Jennings, KT Oslin, Restless Heart, Clint Black, Martina McBride, and Kenny Chesney.
Goodman returned to Nashville in 1995 as General Manager of RCA Label Group. In 1997, Goodman left RCA and launched Lyric Street Records, a Disney company. The company is now celebrating its 10th anniversary with current artist roster Rascal Flatts, SHeDAISY, Bucky Covington, Josh Gracin, Trent Tomlinson, Sarah Buxton, and Marcel.
“There’s never been a time in my professional experience in Country Music that I wasn’t aware of CMA or didn’t understand its importance — I approach this role with a great deal of humility and a great sense of honor," Goodman said.
Goodman’s term will begin on November 8, the day after the famed CMA Awards Show. Other well-known members of the CMA Board of Directors are Bob DiPiero, Bruce Allen, Pat Higdon, Mike Dungan and Ed Hardy. A complete list of the directors, past and present, can be read here.
Goodman and his wife Jennifer live in Nashville with their two children, Ross, 13, and Rachel, 10.