BIOGRAPHY

Rhonda Ross is Performing Artist and a Personal Power Expert. As an actress, she is best known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of “Toni Burrell” on the NBC soap opera, Another World, but Rhonda is a writer and producer as well. Rhonda is also a Singer-songwriter, and an international Social-Artist, who explores the social environment around her and her relationship to it – questioning constructions of race, gender, sexuality and spirituality through her lyrics. Her original music lives in the gap between jazz, funk and gospel while her lyrics delve into life’s biggest questions and answers. From racism, sexism, and homophobia to the never-ending quest for self-love and deeper spirituality, Rhonda uses her music to ask “In the midst of THIS, how can we still be free?” 

Rhonda’s music flows straight from her essence and her bright spirit uplifts everyone in the room. With a crown of natural hair, Rhonda graces the stage with the gravitas and glamour of a modern-day queen.  As the only child of Diana Ross and Motown Founder Berry Gordy, it has become evident that Rhonda not only has the talent, but the significance to carry on her parents’ legacy, all the while establishing her own unique musical destination.

Rhonda’s music is based in traditional jazz, but pulls from the entire African diaspora. In 1994, she met, married, and began a 20-year musical collaboration with jazz pianist and composer Rodney Kendrick. Through him, Rhonda commenced studying with the late jazz great Abbey Lincoln. “It was Abbey and Rodney who convinced me to begin my journey as a singer-songwriter.” Rhonda says, “I primarily consider myself a story-teller and poet. I use my music to inspire and to uplift. To teach people – including myself.” Their live CD, Rhonda Ross Live: Featuring Rodney Kendrick is a hot internet seller.

Now a mother to a  10 year-old son, Rhonda’s music has taken on the more mature stance of a woman “with the understanding and wisdom of a 40 yr old, but the passion and dream-seeking of a 20 yr old!” And what a combination it is! Rhonda is one of the rare artists today using her music to examine the society she lives in – from racism to sexism to homophobia to the need for self-love and spirituality, Rhonda’s songs look through all of it and ask “In the midst of THIS, how can I still live the best life possible?  New songs have emerged. Songs like: “Nobody’s Business” – a groovy, bass-led reminder that “your joy comes from the inside and that it’s nobody else’s job to make you happy”, and “Summer Day”  – an upbeat realization that even after the harshest winter, the sun will re-emerge and “the buds of hope can still bloom”.  ”Through Rhonda’s individual and creative expression, the legendary Ross influence continues to live on and expand. 

Rhonda headlined one of President Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Balls, and later performed to standing ovations and rave reviews at The Hollywood Bowl, The Montreal International Jazz Festival,Wolf Trap, and The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Rhonda’s live performance will thoroughly entertain you and move you to the point of tears – all while inspiring you to believe that you can do or be anything!

 

A FORCE WITHIN

Rhonda’s lifelong mission is to encourage, empower, and inspire people of all ages. She is currently penning a newsletter titled The Force Within teaching everyday tools we can each employ to boost our joy, peace and inner-fortitude.

 

ACTRESS / TV APPEARANCES

Called “One of the 10 Most Fascinating Television Stars” by People Magazine, the beautiful, powerful, and impossible to pigeonhole, Rhonda Ross, is more than a breath of fresh air, she could be likened to the first day of spring.

Rhonda burst onto the acting scene with her highly acclaimed portrayal of “Toni Burrell” on the NBC soap opera Another World. Within months, she had earned an Emmy Award nomination. She starred in Bessie Coleman: A Dream to Fly on Showtime, and the NBC Movie of the Week: The Temptations as well as the feature film, Personals.  On television, Rhonda has has guest-starred on several sitcoms including Girlfriends and Cosby. Furthermore, she has appeared at regional theaters in Daniel Alexander Jones’s  “Phoenix Fabrik” and headlined The National Tour of The Vagina Monologues about which The Birmingham News writes, ”[Ross is] the strongest of the bunch, for her spunky versatility and ability to convey nuance.” Another critic notes, “Ross is funny, charming, funky and full of explosive feeling; she has the audience in the palm of her hand.”

Rhonda is also a director. She has  directed Adrienne Kennedy’s The Owl Answers and August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson to rave reviews.

Actor, writer,  producer, director there is no limit to this rising star. Rhonda’s growing talent and intense insight are sure to be a continual pleasure, amazement, and challenge for us all.   

 

SINGER

As a singer-songwriter, Rhonda’s funky, wholehearted, wildly intelligent “Grownfolk” music includes songs like “Nobody’s Business” — a groovy, bass-led reminder that your joy comes from the inside and it’s nobody else’s job to make you happy.

Rhonda’s music flows straight from her essence and her bright spirit uplifts everyone in the room. With a crown of natural hair, Rhonda graces the stage with the gravitas and glamour of a modern-day queen.  As the only child of Diana Ross and Motown Founder Berry Gordy, it has become evident that Rhonda not only has the talent, but the significance to carry on her parents’ legacy, all the while establishing her own unique musical destination.

 

ACCOLADES & AWARDS

Rhonda headlined one of President Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Balls, and later performed to standing ovations and rave reviews at The Hollywood Bowl, The Montreal International Jazz Festival,Wolf Trap, and The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Rhonda’s live performance will thoroughly entertain you and move you to the point of tears – all while inspiring you to believe that you can do or be anything!

Emmy-nominated actress.

 

VIDEOS

 

PAST RESILIENCY VIDEOS

Resiliency 2020 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rp5n23-gzQM9833brfPjp4ltOlaTmUtb/view?usp=sharing

Resiliency 2021   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pEmHVeOjtTd2PIoaQH0ArAXLTI6JbO87/view?usp=sharing

 

EMPOWERING QUOTES

“Ain’t nobody’s job to make you happy Nobody’s job to pull you through Ain’t nobody born to give you sunshine That light is inside of you” – Rhonda Ross, “Nobody’s Business”

“I believe that the Devine Force that created each of us (our Creator, our Source, the Universe, God) resides within each of us and, when accessed, can heal, strengthen and guide us perfectly.” – Rhonda Ross, “The Force Within”

 

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS

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The Force Within: The Force Within (Self-Empowerment Articles) RhondaRoss.bulletin.com

 

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