Rhonda Lynn Harrison was born on September 5th, 1965, in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, 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 taught 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 maybe some day making it all come true. She joined a country band, called “Ragin’ River”, playing rhythm guitar and vocals. The band only lasted 2 years.
These days, Rhonda is still writing songs and plays solo acts whenever she can. Her debut CD, “My Journey; My Songs”. which was highly endorsed by Hall of Famer, Miss Brenda Lee, was released in June of 2009. It will be for sale on this website and a portion of the sales on each and every CD sold, will be going to the Canadian Epilepsy Society of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Currently, she is working on her second CD. It is due for release in late winter of 2010 or early winter of 2011.
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, will be about building and 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, 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.