The daughter of Reverend James and Mrs. Eula Towns, Rhonda is no stranger to Country Music. Rhonda made her debut as a country music singer on Ed McMahon’s Star Search as a champion female country music artist. “I was loving and singing to country music when country music was really not that popular. I loved country music because it sound so much like what I grew up on singing in church”.
Rhonda’s love for music goes back to when she was a little girl singing in the church choir where her father was the Pastor at the tender age of four years old. Old southern hymns and upbeat contemporary country gospel songs were always heard from the choir stand on Sunday mornings.
Rhonda, who is affectionately nicknamed Sissy, would entertain her classmates with songs from church at school in the gym when it was too cold or rainy to go outside and on the school bus on the ride home after school. Classmates would always beg Rhonda to sing another song. Rhonda won her first talent shows at her elementary school for two consecutive years in the school’s talent competition. Rhonda drew attention from a local country music television show that invited Rhonda to become a regular talent. After serious family discussions and careful consideration, the decision was made to decline the offer as her mother and father decided Rhonda was too young to begin a music career. Her education was paramount and Rhonda concentrated on school.
Rhonda was very active and involved in church and school activities. She participated in public speaking, volleyball, track and field, student body government, cheerleading, and of course the school choir. Rhonda attended college and pursued vocal training. Rhonda became a valued member of the university gospel choir.
Rhonda’s musical influences are Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Reba, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, and Vince Gill. “Reba has such strength and power in her voice. Patsy was soulful, bluesy, and had a unique country sound. She was way before her time. Loretta Lynn has an authentic sweet country voice I truly believe is an extension of her personality. Dolly Parton is the most amazing female country music singer songwriter of all times. Of all these remarkable entertainers, Rhonda will tell you that her mother has made the biggest impression on her life and her career. “My mother is my earthly spiritual partner. She has guided me through almost every challenge in my life and in the pursuit of my dreams. Her motto is ‘There is no such thing as can’t…and…if they can do it, you can do it too!’.”