Rhonda Vincent Wins SPBGMA Entertainer of the Year
Rhonda Vincent has a couple more trophies to add to her extensive collection. The bluegrass musician won two SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) awards on Feb. 2, including the night’s highest honor, Entertainer of the Year.
The evening was especially memorable for Vincent, who was also inducted into the prestigious SPBGMA Hall of Greats.
It was also a big night for Vincent’s band, the Rage. Together, they took home the honor for Instrumental Group of the Year, with two band members, Josh Williams and Mickey Harris, also winning Guitar Player of the Year and Bass Player of the Year, respectively.
“This was one of the greatest evenings of my career, from the induction to the Hall of Greats, Entertainer of the Year, and I’m so proud of all the men of the Rage for being honored for their incredible talents,” Vincent says. “We travel 250 days out of the year, living our dream, playing the music we love, and this night was a great reward for all our hard work. We are very thankful for all the honors!”
2014 is shaping up to be a big year for the songstress. She just released her highly-anticipated two-disc set, ‘Only Me,’ which combines her love of bluegrass and country music, and will spend much of the year on the road performing songs from the collection. The singer-songwriter admits that, even after almost 25 years in the music business, she finds her new set of tunes particularly challenging to sing every night.
“All of these songs, I found myself singing in a different way, and probably the songs on this album were more difficult than anything I’ve ever sang before,” she tells The Boot. “And as I got on stage and started singing them, there’s not just one song — I mean, it’s almost exhausting when you start singing these songs with all of the turns and the twists, and holding the notes out.”
Vincent will head to North Carolina, Ohio and Georgia later this month. See all of her upcoming shows here.