Rhonda Funk is coming to the Pacific North West!
Pure Music Nashville’s newest recording artist, singer/songwriter, Rhonda Funk is calling 2020 the year of vision. Moving to Nashville, TN to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional songwriter in the summer of 2018, just one and a half years after surviving brain surgery for an aneurysm, she has found herself writing with hit songwriters such as Wood Newton, Billy Lee, and Blue Foley, hosting Hook Lines and Rhymes and a Melody, a new breakthrough crowd songwriting experience at the popular 3rd and Lindsley, performing over 90 shows in six states in 2019, and getting her first cut, a Christmas duet, with country icon T. Graham Brown and Claudette King (daughter of blues legend BB King). One of her songs “Too Close To Home” was featured on an episode of This American Life (December, 2019, titled Too Close To Home).
Funk’s style combines the grittiness of Janis Joplin with the softness of Stevie Nicks. Describe by many as a young Melissa Etheridge with a raspy country tone and a rock edge, she delivers a unique vibe on the stage. Writing her first song at the age of 15, she has recorded three Christian albums, self-titled release in 1999, “The Waiting” in 2003, and “Refined” in 2008.
In 2017 she released her first country album recorded in Nashville titled “Someday” which launched her into nearly 200 shows in two years. Her music has been featured on radio stations and internet streams across the country. Her growing popularity in her native home of the Pacific NW has landed her spots in the LRS Fest (2017) and the Oregon Jamboree (2018) along with opening for Darryl Worley for the Oregon Jamboree Mystery Concert St. Jude’s fundraiser held at Oregon State University (2018). Funk reaches into the heart of her audience with her real experiences, energy and straight up sass.
You can regularly find Funk at Nashville hot spots such at The City Winery, The Sutler, Douglas Corner, Live Oak, The Local, Tin Roof, and more, and can be seen in several popular writers rounds in town including The Commodore Grille, Belcourt Taps, and Millennium Maxwell House to name a few. She has been a featured artist with Radio Sobro (a local songwriters radio station that garners nearly 10k hits a month), Nashville Rising Star, Nashville Rising Song during the Smokey Mountain Songwriters Festival (2018), and Last Train Home Nashville (Rise 615) and the Oregon Jamboree Live Jam.
Funk is in the studio with Pure Music Nashville working on her next EP with her first single set to release as early as February 2019.