Country Music People October 2017 - Page 23

clothes, and so we grew up together and that was before she was even singing. I know that, working in the band, our music influenced her to even sing so I have watched her grow and I’m so proud of her. I love singing with her and I think we need to do that again.” Rhonda Vincent came to many a country fan’s attention when, in the 90s, she was signed to Giant Records and was steered down a more mainstream road for a couple of albums before returning to her bluegrass roots and clearing up come IBMA Awards time as well as receiving several Grammy nominations. “I did a couple of country albums in the 90s produced by James Stroud,” recalls the deeply religious star who has released a number of Gospel recordings over the years. “One of them was James and Garth Fundis and another one was James Stroud and Richard Landis, and it becomes their vision and not your vision. In country music they put you with the producer and they’re dictating and I’m more of a hands-on, I know what I want to do, I know how I want to sing or just the content. W hat I think I ran into then is they wanted me to sing a very suggestive lyric and I just called and said, ‘I would never sing that’. That was the kiss of death. I was not to tell them what I would or wouldn’t do. I’m just supposed to… That situation does not work for me. I know there are things that I’m not going to sing about and I think that was the greatest obstacle probably.” For many years Vincent’s band has been called The Rage, and album releases have included titles such as All The Rage and The Storm Still Rages. It’s undoubtedly a terrific name for a band but its origins are not quite as rooted in the anger the name might imply. ‘I look at my 90s country albums as my musical college years. I was there doing the country music and then after five years I