God Is Calling
Rhonda Taylor loves the Lord. Her heartfelt, sometimes gritty and emotional songs are true praise offerings to God. She grew up in a white and green shotgun house, next to the sugarcane fields of an intact plantation in Hahnville, Louisiana which is on the rural east bank of the muddy Mississippi river, facing New Orleans. She learned gospel music from the robust black voices that came through the open windows of a red brick Baptist Church near her home. The saddest part of her life was growing up in a spiritually empty house, Taylors family never attended the church. Her father would often play original songs on his electric guitar, sometimes he and his friends would sit on the screened front porch of their house smoking, drinking, talking trash and playing the blues. Those improv jam sessions and the gospel music she was exposed to every week had an lasting impact on her style of singing. Her early musical influences were tempered by four years of study with former New York Metropolitan Opera singer, Mary Mackenzie, through the San Diego State Performance Voice Program. Taylor worked with David Stewart, Music Producer for the national touring group Primary Focus, for two years as a member of the First Southern Baptist Church Praise Team. In 1996, she recorded her debut CD 'God is Calling' a few weeks later she won Vocalist of the Year with the Western States Gospel Music Association. A few months after winning the award, she was accepted in the Performance Voice program at San Diego State and put her singing career on hold to study music. Today she's a very busy singer and speaker in Southern California. She and her husband James joined a very large church in San Diego and she faithfully studies the Beth Moore bible series with several women every week. She's currently working on a new project of live performances, to be released in the Fall of 2002. Rhonda Taylor is singing for the Lord and it shows in her voice, and in her face. She's a Jesus lover and is changing lives for Christ in the process. Blessings!