About Rhonda Lynn Harrison
Rhonda Lynn Harrison was born on September 5th, 1965, in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, which is not too far from the shore of Lake Erie. Music, as long as she can remember, has always played an important role in her life. Her father showed her the first three chords on a guitar and from there she progressed. She played in a little rock band called, “High Voltage” for about 4 years. After graduating high school, she entered the Norfolk County Singing Contest. Although she didn’t place, it did not stop her dreams of making it all come true. She joined a country band, called “Ragin’ River”, playing rhythm guitar and vocals. The band gained popularity over its two year run.
After many trips of inspiration to Nashville, Tennessee, Rhonda Lynn knows all too well, from knocking on the doors of the publishers, the feeling of rejections. Then the phone calls that say, "Don't call us, we'll call you. She knows defeat, but not in the sense of loss, but rather in the sense of having to trying harder. Which is exactly what this visionary has done and is doing to this very day. As she herself will say,"There are always words left to be written and melodies to compliment those words".
These days, Rhonda is still writing songs and plays solo acts whenever she can. Through the years of experience and an strong eagerness to learn, she has taught herself how to play other intruments to jazz things up abit. Her debut CD, “My Journey; My Songs”, which was released in June of 2009. which was highly endorsed by Hall of Famer, Miss Brenda Lee:
"Hi! I'm writing on behalf of Rhonda Lynn Harrison, who is the grand niece of Helen and Charles Mosley who were my life long friends and business partners. I loved them very much, and had the honor to sing at both of their funerals. I wish Rhonda all the best with the launch of her CD on the brink of her new career in music.I t has been 25 years in the making, but after listening to her music, I think that it is well worth the wait.
I wish you all the best Rhonda, and may God continue to bless you!"
It can be purchased on her website as well as itunes, amazon, etc. A portion of the sales on each and every CD sold, will be going to the Canadian Epilepsy Society of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Rhonda Lynn suffers from this disease, Epilepsy.
She owns her own company called, Rhondar Enterprises, which houses her recording studio, publishing company and record label, Chyenne Records. This young lady also wants to venture into being a playwrite, as well. In a sense, this is all why Rhonda Lynn refused to be called a dreamer and decided to take on the title visionary. Everyone can do whatever they want if they put their minds to it. Currently, she is working on her second CD. It is due for release in late winter of 2010 or early winter of 2011. Her goal is to write a piece of music for all genres.
She is also a standing member of The Nashville Songwriters’ Association and The New York Songwriters’ Circle. When she is not working on her upcoming CD, she is working on ‘The I.R.E.N.E. Foundation and Newsletter’. This is a not-for-profit organization that she is the founder, president and one of the authors of. Her intentions for this foundation, which is dedicated to her late, beloved grandmother Lilian Irene Travale (nee) Arnold, is about building on all of the values and morals that she believes in. It will stand for peace, love and equality. Rhonda would also like to see it help out the not so common charities that seem to slip through the system. A huge fundraiser for this venture is planned for August of 2011.
Musically, there is history in the Harrison family. Rhonda’s great-aunt, Helen Mosley (nee Hunks), moved to Nashville at the tender age of 24. She met and married Charlie Mosley who was manager and co-owner of Ernest Tubb Record Shop. He was also the accountant to the stars, Eddy Arnold and Carl Smith just to name a few. Charlie and Helen were also legal guardians to Brenda Lee when she first appeared on the Nashville scene. Helen, along with Lorene Mann, owned ‘Buttercup Music’. Unfortunately, Helen died at the age of 42 of cancer. Brenda Lee sang at the funeral. Rhonda never met her great-aunt Helen, but tries to keep her memory alive by just playing the music. To this day, Rhonda dreams of retiring in Tennessee. But if there are still words and phrases and music that fits, retiring is probably not an option.