Rhonda Vincent

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Rhonda Vincent
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Rhonda on stage (Amy Miller)
Background information
Born (1962-07-13) July 13, 1962 (age 56)
Origin Greentop, Missouri
Genres Bluegrass, Country, Gospel
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, mandolin, guitar, fiddle
Years active 1970-present
Labels Rebel, Giant, Rounder, Upper Management Music
Associated acts Dolly Parton
Alison Krauss
Website www.rhondavincent.com

Rhonda Lea Vincent (born July 13, 1962) is an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.[1] In 2000, The Wall Street Journal proclaimed Vincent "the new Queen of Bluegrass".[2]

Vincent's musical career began when she was a child in her family's band The Sally Mountain Show, and has spanned more than 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]

Vincent is a seven-time Grammy nominee, winning the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2017[5].

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 Award-winning bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent. Her youngest brother Brian played with the family group for many years but no longer works as a professional musician.[citation needed] A fifth-generation musician, Rhonda's musical career started at age five, when she sang gospel songs with her family's band, which was later known as the "Sally Mountain Show".[6] Her father bought her a snare drum for her sixth birthday. At age eight, Vincent started playing mandolin. She soon excelled and began guitar lessons at ten years old. She later added fiddle to her list of instruments. 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."[7] 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.[8] The Vincent children all attended Schuyler County R-1 schools, and following high school Vincent later attended Northeast Missouri State University, majoring in accounting.[citation needed]

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, Vincent had 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 did not have success there.

Rhonda Vincent on the Watson Stage, MerleFest, 2010.

With the release of her album Back Home Again in 2000, Vincent returned to bluegrass with the goal of expanding both the musical reach and the accessibility of the genre. 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.[9] 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.[10] Vincent released "Taken", her debut album on her own label Upper Management Music on September 21, 2010. 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.[11]

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.

On April 1, 2017 Vincent's duet with a fellow country singer Richard Lynch was released as a track on Lynch's album "Mending Fences".[12]

During an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on April 27, Vincent announced that she and Daryle Singletary had spent the previous months recording a duets album, with further details to follow during CMA week. She then introduced Singletary and the two performed "Golden Ring" and an original song titled "We Could Be One".

Gospel DVD[edit]

In a 2011 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.[13] The DVD was 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.[14]

Family life[edit]

Vincent married Herb Sandker on Christmas Eve, 1983.[4] While it might have been more convenient to be based out of someplace like Nashville, Vincent chose to remain close to her 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."[7] For a period of time in the late 1990s and early 2000s Vincent and Sandker owned and Sandker managed a popular restaurant in Kirksville, Missouri, called "Bogies".

Vincent's elder daughter Sally wed her mother's fiddle player, Hunter Berry, in Greentop, Missouri in 2010. Younger daughter Tensel married her mother's dobro player, Brent Burke, in 2013. Sally and Tensel have since performed with their mother, and have begun their own group with their husbands named Next Best Thing.[15]

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

Discography[edit]

Awards[edit]

Vincent and her band, The Rage, are the most awarded band in bluegrass history. To date, the have won one Grammy, nineteen IBMA Awards (including the top Entertainer of the Year honor in 2001 and consecutive Female Vocalist of the year wins between 2000 and 2006) and eighty nine SPBGMA Awards.

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
1999 International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year Clinch Mountain Country Won
2000 International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2001 International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2001 International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year Follow Me Back to the Fold: A Tribute to Women in Bluegrass Won
2001 International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Won
2002 International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2003 International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2004 International Bluegrass Music Association Song of the Year Kentucky Borderline Won
2004 International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers Won
2004 International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2004 Grammy Awards Best Bluegrass Album One Step Ahead Nominated
2005 International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2006 Grammy Awards Best Bluegrass Album Ragin' Live Nominated
2006 International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2007 Grammy Awards Best Bluegrass Album All American Bluegrass Girl Nominated
Best Country Collaboration with Vocals Midnight Angel (with Bobby Osborne) Nominated
2010 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2010 Grammy Awards Best Bluegrass Album Destination Life Nominated
2011 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2012 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2012 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Vocal Group of the Year Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Nominated
2012 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Bluegrass Band of the Year Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Nominated
2012 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Song of the Year The Court of Love Nominated
2013 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent Nominated
2013 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2013 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Bluegrass Hall of Greats Rhonda Vincent Won
2013 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Bluegrass Album of the Year Sunday Morning Signin' Nominated
2013 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Instrumental Group of the Year Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Nominated
2014 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Bluegrass Hall of Greats Rhonda Vincent Template:Inducted
2014 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Instrumental Group of the Year Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Won
2014 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2015 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2015 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Bluegrass Band of the Year Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Won
2015 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2015 Grammy Awards Best Bluegrass Album Only Me Nominated
2015 International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2016 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2016 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent Won
2016 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Instrumental Group of the Year Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Won
2018 Grammy Awards Best Bluegrass Album All The Rage: Volume One Won

Other honors[edit]

  • Missouri Walk of Fame 2012 inductee[16]
  • Bluegrass Star Award, Inaugural Recipient (Oct. 16, 2010), presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation of Dallas Texas. The award is bestowed upon bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing traditional bluegrass music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage.[17]
  • Champion, Celebrity Division, National Cornbread Festival cookoff. Rhonda and husband Herb are the previous owners and operators of a popular restaurant in Kirksville, Missouri.[citation needed]
  • Missouri Music Hall of Fame 2017 inductee

References[edit]

  1. ^ CMT bio. Accessed July 9, 2007.
  2. ^ Havighurst, Craig (April 14, 2000). "The New Queen of Bluegrass". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  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. ^ https://www.grammy.com/grammys/awards/winners-nominees/122
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ a b Boone, Dennis (April 2012). "50 Missourians you should know". Ingrams magazine. Volume 38, No. 4. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Janie Shriver & Jennie Higgins, It's a Family Affair. Published in The Chariton Collector magazine, Spring 1982. Pg. 30-31
  9. ^ VH1 bio
  10. ^ "CMT : News : Rhonda Vincent leaves Rounder Records". CMT News. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  11. ^ "Rhonda Vincent biography". Vincent official website. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  12. ^ Papadatos, Marcos. "Review: Richard Lynch back with new country single 'Cut And Paste'". Digital Journal. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  13. ^ "Bluegrass Queen performs for the Heartland". KTVO-TV website. 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  14. ^ Strings, newsletter of the Pineridge Bluegrass Folklore Society, June 2008
  15. ^ https://bluegrasstoday.com/the-next-best-thing/
  16. ^ "Inductee list". Cherry Blossom Festival. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  17. ^ "Bluegrass Heritage Foundation official website". 2010. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 

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