Rhonda Vincent

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Rhonda Vincent
Rhonda w Mandolin.jpg
Rhonda on stage. (Amy Miller)
Background information
Born(1962-07-13) July 13, 1962 (age 51)
OriginGreentop, Missouri
GenresCountry, Bluegrass, Gospel
Occupationssinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Mandolin, guitar, fiddle
Years active1970-present
LabelsRebel, Giant, Rounder, Upper Management Music.
Associated actsDolly Parton
Alison Krauss
WebsiteOfficial site
 
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Rhonda Vincent
Rhonda w Mandolin.jpg
Rhonda on stage. (Amy Miller)
Background information
Born(1962-07-13) July 13, 1962 (age 51)
OriginGreentop, Missouri
GenresCountry, Bluegrass, Gospel
Occupationssinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Mandolin, guitar, fiddle
Years active1970-present
LabelsRebel, Giant, Rounder, Upper Management Music.
Associated actsDolly Parton
Alison Krauss
WebsiteOfficial site

Rhonda Lea Vincent (b. July 13, 1962, Kirksville, Missouri) is an award-winning American bluegrass singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.[1] The Wall Street Journal has proclaimed Vincent "the new Queen of Bluegrass".[2]

Her musical career started as a child in her family's band, The Sally Mountain Show, and has spanned over four decades. Vincent first achieved success in the bluegrass genre in the 1970s and '80s, earning the respect of her mostly male peers for her mastery of the progressive chord structures and multi-range, fast paced vocals intrinsic to bluegrass music.[3] Vincent is an in-demand guest vocalist for other Bluegrass and Country music performers, appearing on recordings by Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, Tanya Tucker, Joe Diffie and other notables.[4]

Early years[edit]

Vincent was born in Kirksville, Missouri, on July 13, 1962 and raised in nearby Greentop, Missouri. She is the oldest of three children, and the only daughter, of Johnny and Carolyn Vincent. Her brother Darrin is a member of the Grammy-nominated bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent. Her youngest brother Brian played with the family group for many years but no longer works as a professional musician. A fifth-generation musician, Rhonda's musical career started at the age of five when she sang gospel songs with her family's band--a band later to be known as the "Sally Mountain Show." [5] Her father bought her a snare drum for her sixth birthday. At age eight, Rhonda started playing mandolin. She soon excelled and began guitar lessons at ten years old. She would later add fiddle player to her list of talents. Children of course are used to after-school homework, but Vincent's was a bit different. In an interview with Ingrams magazine she said "Dad used to pick me up after school, and Grandpa would come over and we played until after dinner almost every night. There wasn’t a lot going on in Greentop, but it was always hopping at the Vincent house."[6] Rhonda Vincent recorded her first single, a version of Mule Skinner Blues in 1970. The family, including the younger brothers when they were old enough to play instruments, traveled and performed extensively across the Midwest in the 1970s and early 1980s. Except for living in Texas for a short time in 1974, and two summers (1977, 1978) spent employed as musicians at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, the Vincent family used the Greentop area as home base.[7] The Vincent children all attended Schuyler County R-1 schools, and following high school Rhonda later attended Northeast Missouri State University, majoring in accounting.

Solo career[edit]

Even while Vincent was still performing regularly with The Sally Mountain Show she released her first solo album, New Dreams and Sunshine in 1988. In 1985, young Rhonda competed in the TV series "You Can Be A Star" on the original version of The Nashville Network. After winning the competition, she was signed to a recording contract; her first professional performance was with country singer and Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown. In the 1990s Vincent branched out into mainstream country music, releasing a pair of albums on the Giant Records label, but

Rhonda Vincent on the Watson Stage, MerleFest, 2010. Photo by Forrest L. Smith, III.

did not enjoy the success anticipated there.

With the release of her album Back Home Again in 2000, she returned to bluegrass with the goal of expanding both the musical reach and the accessibility of the genre. Since then she has seen her popularity and acceptance rise and has received acclaim from several music-industry groups. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) accorded her its Female Vocalist of the Year award for the years 2000 - 2006, plus IBMA Entertainer of the Year in 2001. The Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) designated her its Entertainer of the Year for 2002 - 2006 inclusive.[8] She also performs with her band, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage.

On February 19, 2010, Vincent parted from Rounder Records, after ten years with the label.[9] Vincent released "Taken", her debut album on her own label "Upper Management Music" on September 21, 2010. Taken was released on Upper Management Music." Featuring special guests like long-time friend Dolly Parton, Richard Marx and Little Roy Lewis, the album entered the Top Bluegrass Albums chart at No. 1.[2]

On June 7, 2011, Vincent and country legend Gene Watson released a duet album on Upper Management entitled Your Money and My Good Looks. The album entered the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart at number 71.

Sunday Mornin' Singin', an album of old-time gospel standards, was released on July 10, 2012.

Gospel DVD[edit]

In an interview with television station KTVO Vincent announced that she and her band had recently filmed a live, all-Gospel, DVD at a church in her hometown of Greentop, Missouri.[10] The DVD is expected to be released sometime in 2012.

Touring[edit]

In 2008 Vincent's band performed at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario at a concert organized by the Thames Valley Bluegrass Association. [11]

Family life[edit]

Vincent married Herb Sandker on Christmas Eve, 1983.[4] They have two daughters, Sally (b. 1986) and Tensel (b. 1988). The youngest daughter Brooke Lea died in early infancy in 1990. While it might have been more convenient to be based out of someplace like Nashville, Tennessee Vincent chose to remain close to their Missouri roots: "My husband and I made the decision early on. I loved being in my home area. My parents are there, our relatives are there. We wanted to raise our children there. So I made the decision to commute."[6] For a period of time in the late 1990s and early 2000s Rhonda & Herb owned, and Herb managed, a popular restaurant in Kirksville, Missouri called "Bogies". In Spring, 2005 Rhonda Vincent underwent emergency intestinal surgery, prompting the postponement of several tour dates. Friend and fellow musician Dolly Parton made a special trip to Greentop, Missouri to visit with Rhonda and provide encouragement during her recovery.

On June 8, 2010, Sally wed her mother's fiddle player, Hunter Berry, in Greentop, Missouri, after an eight-year relationship with him. Sally and her younger sister Tensel have since performed with their mother and with Berry, and have begun their own group named Next Best Thing.

Since 1987 Rhonda and the entire Vincent family have hosted a large yearly Bluegrass festival on land just west of Queen City, Missouri. The Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival is traditionally held around the 4th of July and attracts music fans from across the U.S. and the world.

A highway sign in Queen City, Missouri directing attendees to the annual Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
US Grass
[12]
US Country
[13]
US
[14]
US
Heat

[15]
US Indie
[16]
US Christ
[17]
US
Folk

[18]
A Dream Come True
Bound for Gloryland
  • Release date: 1991
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
New Dreams & Sunshine
  • Release date: 1991
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Timeless & True Love
  • Release date: 1991
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Written in the Stars
Trouble Free
Back Home Again
The Storm Still Rages
  • Release date: June 5, 2001
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
959
One Step Ahead
  • Release date: April 29, 2003
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
23019
Ragin' Live
  • Release date: March 8, 2005
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
255
All American Bluegrass Girl
  • Release date: May 23, 2006
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
14314
Good Thing Going
  • Release date: January 8, 2008
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
1355
Destination Life
  • Release date: June 16, 2009
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
25221
Taken
  • Release date: September 21, 2010
  • Label: Upper Management
  • Formats: CD, music download
121131319
Sunday Mornin' Singin'
  • Release date: July 10, 2012
  • Label: Upper Management
  • Formats: CD, music download
137101911
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Collaboration albums[edit]

TitleDetailsPeak positions
US Country
Your Money and My Good Looks
(with Gene Watson)
  • Release date: June 7, 2011
  • Label: Upper Management
  • Formats: CD, music download
56

Compilation albums[edit]

TitleDetails
My Blue Tears
  • Release date: September 24, 2002
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette

Holiday albums[edit]

TitleDetails
Beautiful Star: A Christmas Collection
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, music download

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
US Country
[19]
1993"I'm Not Over You"Written in the Stars
1994"What Else Could I Do"
1995"What More Do You Want From Me"Trouble Free
1998"I Sang Dixie"Will Sing for Food: The Songs of Dwight Yoakam
2001"My Sweet Love Ain't Around"The Storm Still Rages
"Don't Lie"
2002"I'm Not Over You" (re-release)
2003"You Can't Take It With You When You Go"58One Step Ahead
2004"If Heartaches Had Wings"48
2005"I've Forgotten You"59Ragin' Live
2006"Heartbreaker's Alibi" (with Dolly Parton)All American Bluegrass Girl
"All American Bluegrass Girl"
2008"I'm Leavin'"Good Thing Going
"I Gotta Start Somewhere"
2009"Stop the World (And Let Me Off)"Destination Life
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Featured singles[edit]

YearSingleArtistAlbum
2009"Staying Together"Gene WatsonA Taste of the Truth

Videography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

YearVideoDirector
1993"I'm Not Over You"
1994"What Else Could I Do"
1995"What More Do You Want from Me"R. Brad Murano/Steven T. Miller
1998"I Sang Dixie"
2002"I'm Not Over You"Warren P. Sonoda
2003"You Can't Take It With You When You Go"Brent Hedgecock
"If Heartaches Had Wings"Deaton-Flanigen Productions
2005"I've Forgotten You"Brent Hedgecock
2006"Heartbreaker's Alibi"Trey Fanjoy
2008"I Gotta Start Somewhere"Dallas Henry

Awards[edit]

IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association)

Other honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CMT bio. Accessed July 9, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Rhonda Vincent biography". Vincent official website. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Rhonda Vincent. Archived from the original on 2012-01-15. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Rhonda Vincent fact sheet". Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Craig Morrison, "Vincent, Rhonda" in Kristin N Burns, ed. Women and Music in America since 1900: an Encyclopedia. Westport, Ct .& London: Greenwood. 2002 ISBN 978-1573563093 vol.2 p. 661
  6. ^ a b Boone, Dennis (April 2012). "50 Missourians you should know". Ingrams magazine. Volume 38, No. 4. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Janie Shriver & Jennie Higgins, It's A Family Affair. Published in The Chariton Collector magazine, Spring 1982. Pg. 30-31
  8. ^ VH1 bio
  9. ^ "CMT : News : Rhonda Vincent leaves Rounder Records". CMT News. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Bluegrass Queen performs for the Heartland". 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2011-11-14.  Unknown parameter |published= ignored (help)
  11. ^ Strings, newsletter of the Pineridge Bluegrass Folklore Society, June 2008
  12. ^ "Rhonda Vincent Album & Song Chart History - Bluegrass Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Rhonda Vincent Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Rhonda Vincent Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Rhonda Vincent Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Rhonda Vincent Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Rhonda Vincent Album & Song Chart History - Christian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Rhonda Vincent Album & Song Chart History - Folk Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Rhonda Vincent Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Inductee list". Cherry Blossom Festival. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 

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