Born: November 26 Primary Instrument: Vocal
Rondi is an adult-contemporary performing songwriter from Washington state. She has been writing folk-rock, rock and jazz-pop songs since she was 13. Her music from her first two releases Cache and Thorny Bouquet can be heard and purchased at Amazon.com, I-tunes, Net-spin, Rhapsody as well as other online stores around the world. Her first two releases have received airplay on radio stations in several countries around the world and she has a strong presence on the internet . She has recieved postive press and recognition for her first two albums including winner of best Harmony and Aesthetics Award, Los Angeles Call to the Arts conference.
Her upcoming release of The Journal in 2010 is her first self-produced album recorded in Seattle at Garey Shelton Studios over the span of the last five years. She has called upon the first call musicians in Seattle: Tom Kellock, Lenny Price, Jay Thomas, Garey Shelton, Ben Smith, Mark Ivestor, Jeff Busch and Greg Lyman to bring their fantastic talents to the music which gives the recording a live jazz club vibe. Most songs on the album are originals but she also offers a new twist to two standard popular pop songs from the 60's as well. Spooky and Moondance.
Rondi has studied vocal jazz in high school and college but only recently has studied more formally with established and up and coming recognized jazz vocalists Gretta Mattassa, Sachel Vasandani, Dee Daniels and Kim Nazarian. She has performed vocal showcases at Jazz Centrum, Tula's, Egan's Jam House and Sax on Sixth. She plans on increasing her performing of jazz standards as well as her originals that fit the contemporary jazz genre.
Rondi has been a music educator for many years she is also well recognized for her contributions in the area of music education.
Awards:1st place: Best Asthetics and Harmony Los Angeles "Call the the Arts" songwriting category.
Evor.com review by Bill Carrera:
It has been said on many different occasions by far more scholarly a person than I that music works to move the soul, fill the heart, and stir the emotions. When you find such an artist or artists that has that special talent to touch all three then it is important to include them in your musical listening agenda. I know we all have that song, the one that triggers a special feeling or memory, Listening to (her) offering “Cache”, so many feelings come to the surface”….”Painfully, Beautifully Rich” the first song on the Cache disc, jumps right into a wonderful trip that will last for the next 11 songs. “,,If you haven’t had a chance to listen to (her) and you might be looking for a reference voice, think of Ann Wilson, less edgy, but with more feeling behind the delivery. I use the Heart lead singer mainly because I thnk she is one of the best female rock singers out there. (Rondi) has been described as one of the best female rock singers out there. After listening to her I find myself not arguing that point very hard. The disc is a good liten the first time you give it a spin, but it gets better the more you listen, a relaxing experience.
Central Washington Entertainment news: Editor: Tim Anderson “Her new release....is a stunning collection of music that brings to mind the voices of Alannis Morrisette, Joni Mitchell, Ricky Lee Jones, etc., and songs that reflect the many journeys this very talented performer has taken. Don’t miss her!
Yakima Herald Republic: Maisy Fernandez: writer “A feisty but amicible firecracker with a contagious smile,(she) seems to bring positive from the negative in her songs. But one thing’s for sure: Her music makes listeners think
Starpolish.com: Robert Doerschuk, music critic/journalist says, (she) writes memorable tunes and delivers them with vivid yet well modulated emotion....commercial yet genuine, polished and powerfully expressive. (she) is a major-league talent. Her students are lucky to learn from her.
Ev:Or.com: Founder, Charl..e Harrelson. (Rondi), the finest female vocalist in the world (no joke). We actually have a number of great artists in our talent pool, (she) is truly the voice of the angels.
Webentertainmentawards.com: “Amber Sunset” (track 3) selected as ‘song of the week”. “(she) blends lush vocals with rich lyics and memorable music.
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