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CHRISTIAN/COUNTRY/GOSPEL SINGER & RECORDING ARTIST
RECOGNIZED WITH SPECIAL HONORS
AT THE 14TH ANNUAL RHYTHM OF GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS
Towns’ Comeback Single, “Walking In Your Wonderful Light,”
Walks Away A Winner In Three Categories
• CCM Christian Song Of The Year •
• Special/Event Instrumental Artist Of The Year •
• Praise & Worship Female Vocalist Of The Year •
Christian/Country, Gospel singer and recording artist Rhonda Towns (Dawn Records) celebrated a special honor at the 14th Annual Rhythm Of Gospel Music Awards held in Jacksonville, FL. The long-awaited highlight follows an eight-year hiatus and the motivated re-launch of her music career. Rhonda’s single, "Walking In Your Wonderful Light” (written by Teddy Hayes and produced by Billy Sherrill in collaboration with Towns) was nominated in seven categories and recognized with three 2022 Annual Rhythm Of Gospel Music Awards including: "CCM Christian Song Of The Year,” "Special/Event Instrumental Artist Of The Year” and "Praise & Worship Female Vocalist Of The Year."
“The welcoming response (by both the industry and the fans) has been overwhelming and encouraging,” said Towns.“The impact of this song is what I faithfully envisioned and hoped for. I am honored that ‘Walking In Your Wonderful Light’ was accepted on the Gospel stage. Being nominated and attending The Rhythm Of Gospel Awards proved my vision to be true, and being a part of this event brought me back to where I truly needed to be--to connect spiritually in my heart and soul."
Catering to all inspirational music genres and audiences, “Walking In Your Wonderful Light” dances with an upbeat pop groove, complemented by rhythmic percussion and soothing string instrumentation. Rhonda’s crystal clear vocals beam alongside the simplistic production to create an easy-does-it, refreshing listen. The uplifting lyrics share a message of inspiration and hope in a walk with God by our side.
Rhonda originally recorded the track in 2012; she re-recorded the tune, with the accompaniment of Jim "Moose" Brown on keyboards, at Sound Emporium Studios, Nashville. It charted at No 42 on the Nielsen BDSRadio Gospel Chart while the corresponding music video was broadcast on CMT Australia, IndiMusicTV, CMC TV-USA, Web TV Zuri, Zurich, and Switzerland.
“My goal is to pioneer, to open the door for inspirational country music in the Gospel format. Being recognized by The Rhythm Of Gospel organization is a wonderful first stepping stone,” Towns added.
The daughter of Reverend James and Mrs. Eula Towns, Rhonda is drawn to the Christian, country and gospel genres. Her creative ambitions and vocal performances are influenced by Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Reba, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride and Vince Gill.
Rhonda made her television debut as a champion contender on "Star Search” (hosted by Ed McMahon); she was also the first black female country recording artist to appear on the “Live From L.A. Show” on the BET Network.
Rhonda formed her own independent label, Dawn Records, in 2006 and released her debut album, "I WANNA BE LOVED BY YOU," co-produced by Harold Shedd (Reba/Shania Twain/Alabama/Toby Keith and Norro Wilson) (Kenny Chesney/Reba/ Sara Evans/Shania Twain/Tammy Wynette/George Jones and Jim Cotton) (Billy Ray Cyrus/Montgomery Gentry/ Alabama). She followed with a series of single releases to radio including “I Wanna Be Loved By You,” “Somethin' Better” and “Slow Rain” which met with applause from multiple and various formats.
Rhonda’s professional history includes working as a model and appearing in television commercials for Maxwell House, Toyota, Bounce, Mazda, Arizona Lotto/Arizona Lottery and Arizona Health Department; as well as runway and advertising print work for Dillard’s, K-mart (Jaclyn Smith Line), Reba Wear and fashion designer Lori Weidner (under the direction of Ruth Leighton of the Leighton Agency, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ).
Rhonda also appeared in the national Blue Diamond Almond and Petsmart commercials, and most recently, the regional commercial for Grand Canyon University (GCU) Christian College, Phoenix, AZ.
Rhonda has supported the non-profit organizations Make-A-Wish Arizona, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Save the Family Foundation of Arizona, and MAM (Military Assistance Mission).
Rhythm Of Gospel Music Awards
Founded and produced by CEO/Executive Director Dr. Mark Rogers and hosted by The National & Independent Gospel Music Association (N.I.G.M.A.), the Rhythm Of Gospel Music Awards event was created as an event of entertainment and recognition. Welcoming more than 4,500 excited, tourists, church, social and civic groups, families and business professionals throughout the U.S., Canada, Bahamas and internationally, the Rhythm Of Gospel Music Awards is an annual industry event filled with a variety of innovative and exciting showcases, competitions and achievement galas. The nationally acclaimed televised awards show is currently ranked No 3 among other national Gospel award shows.
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