Rhonda Lea Vincent is a bluegrass
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singer, songwriter, mandolin
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ist, and fiddle
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Her musical career started as a child in her family's band, The Sally Mountain Show, and has spanned almost four decades. She 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.
Vincent was born in Kirksville, Missouri, on Friday, July 13, 1962. She is the oldest of three children, and the only daughter of Johnny and Carolyn Vincent. Her younger brother, Darrin, is a member of the bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent
Dailey & Vincent is an American bluegrass music group composed of Jamie Dailey Darrin Vincent , Christian Davis , Joe Dean, Jr. , Jeff Parker and BJ Cherryholmes . Former fiddle player Jesse Stockman left the band in early August 2011 due to a wrist injury...
. Rhonda's musical career started when her father bought her a snare drum for her sixth birthday. She played in Queen City, Missouri, in her family's group, The Sally Mountain Show. Rhonda, then age eight, started playing mandolin. She soon excelled and began guitar lessons at ten years old. During her high school and college years, she continued to play in bluegrass groups, but she truly wanted to make it big. In 1985, young Rhonda was involved in A TV series called "You Can Be A Star" that ran on TNN for many years. 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 but 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
The International Bluegrass Music Association, or IBMA, is a trade association to promote bluegrass music.Formed in 1985, IBMA established its first headquarters in Owensboro, Kentucky. In 1988 they announced plans to create the International Bluegrass Music Museum as a joint venture with...
(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. She also performs with her band, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage.
Vincent married Herb Sandker in 1984. They have two daughters, Sally (b. 1986) and Tensel (b. 1988). 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.
On February 19, 2010, Vincent parted from Rounder Records
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, after ten years with the label. Vincent released her debut album on her own label on September 21, 2010. Taken
was released on Upper Management Music and debuted at the top of the Top Bluegrass Albums chart.
On June 7, 2011, Vincent and country legend Gene Watson
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released a duet album on Upper Management entitled Your Money and My Good Looks
. The album entered the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums
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chart at number 71.
In an interview with television station KTVO
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announced that she and her band had recently filmed a live, all-Gospel, DVD at a church in her hometown of Greentop, Missouri. The DVD is expected to be released in early 2012.
|| "I'm Not Over You"
|| "What Else Could I Do"
|| "What More Do You Want from Me"
|| R. Brad Murano/Steven T. Miller
|| "I Sang Dixie"
|| "I'm Not Over You"
|| Warren P. Sonoda
|| "You Can't Take It With You When You Go"
|| Brent Hedgecock
| "If Heartaches Had Wings"
|| Deaton-Flanigen Productions
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|| "I've Forgotten You"
|| Brent Hedgecock
|| "Heartbreaker's Alibi"
|| Trey Fanjoy
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|| "I Gotta Start Somewhere"
|| Dallas Henry
IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association)
- Recorded Event of The Year – Clinch Mountain Country, 1999
- Recorded Event of the Year, 2001
- Entertainer of the Year 2001
- Recorded Event of the Year – Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers
At the Grammy Awards of 2004, Livin', Lovin', Losin won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album and James Taylor and Alison Krauss won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for their duet on "How's the World Treating You"...
- Song of the Year – Kentucky Borderline, 2004
- Female Vocalist of the Year, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,