Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Born in 1962 in Kirksville, Missouri, Rhonda Vincent is one of the most famous female performers in the bluegrass scene. She currently performs with her band, The Rage, and is much in demand in festivals across and outside the country. Besides providing vocals, she also plays the mandolin, fiddle, and guitar as well as composing some of her own works.

Vincent’s career started out early as a young member of the Sally Mountain Show, which included other members of the family. She later appeared at You Can Be a Star, a TNN show, and this led to her inclusion in the touring band of Jim Ed Brown. While Vincent was away, Alison Krauss temporarily took her place in her family’s band.

For forty years, Vincent had steadily built a name for herself and her band and earning much-deserved respect of her mostly male peers with her instrumental virtuosity, her proficiency over progressive chord structures, and her wide-ranging and fast-paced vocal arrangements.

From 1980’s, Vincent continued to reap one award after another for her growing success and achievements in bluegrass music. She won the Female Vocalist of the Year award (2000 – 2006) from the international Bluegrass Music Association. She also received Entertainer of the Year award (2002 – 2006) from the Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America.

In 1990’s, Vincent made a brief foray to mainstream country music but did not achieve the level of success she had been aiming for. Her comeback album, Back Home Again, was released in 2000 and marked a new direction for her career. From then on, Vincent aimed to broaden both the reach and scope of bluegrass music with her work.

In 1984, Vincent married Herb Sandker and they have two children, Sally and Tensel, born 1986 and 1988 respectively. Her sister, Darrin, is currently a member of Dailey & Vincent and Kentucky Thunder.

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