It was hard earned after driving over 120,000 miles and playing over 200 shows in 18 months through a world wide pandemic, that Rhonda Funk was named the 2022 USA Entertainer of the Year, (also nominated 2022 USA Female Songwriter of the Year). Previously the triple threat singer/songwriter/recording artist took home the 2021 USA Silver Entertainer of the Year, nominated in four other categories including USA Female Vocalist of the Year, USA Album of the Year for her latest EP "Ain't Your Momma" , along with USA Female Single of the Year for "Cumberland Falls".
Winning her first award in August of 2020, Rhonda took home the 2020 ISSA Silver Award Winner for USA Female Single of the Year for her song "Someday", (also nominated for USA Female Songwriter of the Year and Female Vocalist of the year). She also found her name listed on the 2020 Grammy Ballot for consideration for a nomination for "Best Americana Album". Rhonda, who signed a two year record deal on January 1, 2020 with Pure Music Nashville, quickly released this powerful six-pack called "Ain't Your Momma" featuring five original songs and one cover by Jon Bon Jovi.
The first singles off of the album, "Cumberland Falls" and "More Than a Table" broke a combined total of 200k streams on Spotify before the entire EP released. "Ain't Your Momma" has reeled in over 5 million streams on Soundcloud since its release.
In the summer of 2018, just one and a half years after surviving brain surgery for an aneurysm, Rhonda packed what she could into her car on her birthday and moved from Central Oregon to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her dream of being a professional songwriter. There she has found herself writing with hit songwriters such as Wood Newton, Billy Lee, and Blue Foley. She’s been featured in several songwriter rounds and showcases such as The Music Row Freakshow, The Listening Room, The Commodore, Nashville Rising Star, Rise 615, Radio Sobro showcases. In the fall of 2019, she landed her first cut, a Christmas duet titled “Holiday With You” co-written with Corey Lee Barker and Clare Cunningham, which was recorded by country icon T. Graham Brown and Claudette King (daughter of blues legend BB King). One of her songs "Too Close To Home" was featured on an episode of This American Life (December, 2019, titled Too Close To Home).
Rhonda, who signed a two-year record deal with Pure Music Nashville on January 1, 2020, was recently endorsed by Breedlove Guitars, a prestigious guitar company from her home community of Bend, Oregon. Her sound has been compared to Brandi Carlile and Lucinda Williams, and is often described as a young Melissa Etheridge with a raspy country tone and a rock edge. Rhonda’s infectious energy and ability to connect to others reaches straight to the heart of her audience with her raw and real experiences. She is always asked back and has become a favorite of many venue owners across the country.
Albums include four independent Christian albums, a self-titled release in 1999, "The Waiting" in 2003, and "Refined" in 2008, along with her first country album titled "Someday" released in 2017, and her brand new EP titled "Ain't Your Momma" released by Pure Music Nashville in August of 2020.
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