Rhonda Vincent will probably be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry tomorrow night time (February 6). Initially slated for final March 24, the occasion was placed on maintain when the pandemic hit.

“Some individuals say 2020 was the worst yr ever,” Rhonda Vincent advised Bluegrass Right now. “For me I used to be requested to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. How can this be a horrible yr, proper?”

That is the primary time a brother and sister have turn into separate acts to be inducted into the celebrated music membership. Rhonda’s brother, Darrin Vincent and Jamie Dailey of Dailey and Vincent joined the Opry in 2017. The Browns (Jim Ed Brown and his sisters) had been inducted as a single entity.

“It’s a lifetime dream come true. My household was listening to the Opry lengthy earlier than I used to be ever born. That is like persevering with the household custom.”

The eight-time IBMA Feminine Vocalist of the 12 months, and her band The Rage, will probably be performing to a sold-out crowd Saturday night time. 

“They’ll have 1,100 individuals proper now. It’s like one of many solely exhibits that’s offered out. There’s a younger woman flying in from Washington state and folks coming in from New York. There are individuals coming from in every single place for this induction.”

“We need to meet and greet, and we will’t do this on the Opry. I get to do a meet and greet over at The Troubadour Theatre after the Opry, and host the Ernest Tubb Document Store Midnight Jamboree stay as soon as once more. They haven’t had a stay present for years.”

Vincent will probably be decked out for the induction in a royal blue gown New York designer Constance McCardle created particularly for the once-in-a-lifetime event. Rhonda hopes to carry out three songs from her forthcoming album that she has been engaged on for greater than a yr and a half. The challenge features a trio of tunes that Opry members have recorded—her newest single, a canopy of Porter Wagoner’s What Ain’’ to Be, Simply Would possibly Occur, Jeannie Seely’s Like I May, and Webb Pierces Slowly. However the one she’s struggling to work up the nerve to carry out on the Opry is a bluegrass model of the daunting, Unchained Melody.   

“It took me 12 hours recording that music to get my vocal the way in which I wished it,” Vincent recollects. “I used to be terrified to sing it, however they inspired me to do it after we had been at my Christmas in Branson. I’ve solely sung it on stage one time. I used to be shaking after I completed singing it, however they gave me a standing ovation. So, I hope that’s signal.”

Vincent carried out the final a part of 2019 on the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, MO in a distinct model present. Whereas she included straight bluegrass like her IBMA Tune of the 12 months, Kentucky Borderline, she additionally carried out Christmas bluegrass with particular company and a residing portrayal of the nativity.  

“Folks got here away from that saying how highly effective and superb it was,” she says. “There was scripture learn in there. You can simply really feel the spirit and an anointing on that specific section. Then, we’d have our particular company come out and sing a Christmas music. We ended with The Twelve Days of Christmas after which a finale music of Feliz Navidad.

The final music proved to be a bit difficult for the bluegrass star, however she did her homework.

“It wasn’t like I used to be going to graze over that. I referred to as my cousin who speaks fluent Spanish, and we went over it and over it. [I thought] If I’m going to sing this, I need to sing it accurately. I’d have particular company come out. When it got here to that line, they didn’t sing. I’m SO glad I discovered the right way to sing that line.”

Previous to the beginning of her Branson exhibits, Vincent advised Bluegrass Right now that the longer term appeared unsure for her and the band. However since that point, she’s completely happy to report a brighter day. 

“We’re type of holding our personal as everybody else is I feel,” Vincent mentioned. “We’re nonetheless in enterprise. I assume when I’ve to start out promoting our homes and the bus, then we’ll begin worrying,” she provides, laughing. “To date, we’ve been capable of maintain this. We’re most likely in a distinct scenario in that [my husband/manager] Herb is at retirement age. Subsequent December he’ll be 65. He mentioned, ‘Simply retire and let’s fish and keep on the fishing shack!’ That’s not one thing that may be enjoyable for me.” 

Her coronary heart and calling stay within the music. 

“Greater than something, God has blessed us and been capable of do what we do. So long as He continues, I really feel like we’re doing His will. My every day prayer is God, what’s your will for my life and provides me acceptance of what that’s it doesn’t matter what it’s.”

(Observe: Rhonda Vincent and The Rage will probably be performing on the Bluegrass Corridor of Fame and Museum on March 19 in Owensboro, KY. For extra tour dates, go surfing to www.rhondavincent.com.) 


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