Rhonda Vincent At Grand Ole Opry
Born and raised in Kirksville, Missouri, into a musical family, Rhonda Vincent is a bluegrass singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known as a “Queen of Bluegrass.” Her musical career started during childhood in her family's band, The Sally Mountain Show, which has spanned 5 generations. In fact, her brother is a member of the Grammy-nominated bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent. So music definitely runs in the family.
When Vincent was 8, she learned to play the mandolin. At age 10, she learned to play the guitar. And later, she added the fiddle to her list of instruments. She spent most of her summers until adulthood working as a musician at Silver Dollar City. In 1985, she competed in the TV series You Can Be A Star. She won the competition and landed her first recording contract with Rebel Records. Her first professional performance was with Grand Ole Opry star, Jim Ed Brown.
In the 1980s, she made the decision to remain near family in her hometown of Greentop, Missouri. So she raised her two daughters there and managed a popular restaurant in the area with her husband. In 1987, she and her family started a yearly Bluegrass festival near her hometown called the Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival attracting fans from all over the world.
She has released 15 studio albums and 15 singles since 1990. In 2001, she won the International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. She won the IBMA's Female Vocalist of the Year Award from 2000-2006. Some of her hit songs include, “You Can't Take It With You When You Go,” “If Heartaches Had Wings,” and “I've Forgotten You.”