Rhonda Benin | A Matter Of The Heart

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A Matter Of The Heart

by Rhonda Benin

"A Matter Of The Heart" is a mellow and soulfully crafted Jazz,Blues,& R&B CD with silky smooth vocalist Rhonda Benin and Soulful Strut,featuring Ron Belcher/bass; Cedricke Dennis/guitar; Darrell Green/drums; Charles McNeal/saxophone; & Tammy Hall/piano.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. A Matter of the Heart
3:21 $0.99
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2. Almost Like Being in Love
2:33 $0.99
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3. And I Love Him
4:36 $0.99
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4. I've Got Rhythm
4:29 $0.99
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5. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
3:44 $0.99
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6. Pink Champagne
4:22 $0.99
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7. I Wish I Knew
5:14 $0.99
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8. Groovin
4:30 $0.99
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9. My Blues Away
3:41 $0.99
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10. Superwoman/where Were You When I Needed You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rhonda Benin
Vocalist

With a voice described as sweet, sultry, like caramel sweetened with honey, vocalist Rhonda Benin is enjoying a full and versatile musical career. Rhonda began her career as a member of the Los Angeles based jazz trio “Sound of Soul”. The group received citywide recognition after winning the prestigious Hollywood Bowl, “Battle of the Bands”. Rhonda went on to make a career as background vocalist having appeared on over 100 recordings.

In 1989 after working with singer Maria Mauldar, Rhonda moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she branched into theatre with ACT’s production of GOSPEL AT COLONUS and, The Oakland Ensemble Theatre’s MLK WE ARE THE DREAM. She also collaborated with South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela on Dimensions Dance Theatre’s production of PEOPLE OF THE ZOZO’S.

Rhonda is a founding member of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir (CHC), an internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble performing African American roots music. The group has toured over 13 countries. In 1997 CHC was nominated for a GRAMMY for their CD, Shakin a Tail Feather with bluesmen Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb. In 2001, the group released The California Music Awards nominated Say Yo Business, featuring Wilson Pickett, Richie Havens and Odetta. Rhonda also appears on the group’s recordings, Good Time, A Good Time, Hippity Hop and Front Porch Music. Rhonda has shared the stage with noted musical artists including Patti Austin, Janis Ian, The Holmes Brothers, Jackson Brown, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and international superstars, Baba Maal, James Keelaghan, Habib Koite, and Rokia Traore´

In 1995 Rhonda formed her own band called Soulful Strut. “My band has been described as a jazz band drenched in soul with a solid helping of the blues.” Recorded live at Emeryville’s Expressions New Media School, Rhonda’s first solo CD, “A Matter of the Heart”, is a classic mix of jazz, blues, and soul. Along with Rhonda’s stunning vocals, “A Matter of the Heart”, showcases Bay Area musicians, Charles McNeal, Tammy Hall, Ron Belcher, Darrell Green, Cedricke Dennis and Joey Truso. “A Matter of the Heart”, written by Benin, features a classic vocal/bass duet with veteran musician, composer and music “guru” Harley White.

In addition Rhonda is a sought after vocalist and can also be heard on recordings by Mickey Hart, Carlos Santana, Maria Mauldar, Holly Near, and Eric Bibb. Radio and television credits include, Live Aide, Real Sex, Safeway and the California Lottery. In November 2005 Rhonda’s, vocals found a permanent home in the new Museum of The African Diaspora in San Francisco.

For booking information call (510) 834-5932 or email: rbenin@pacbell.net


“If you can’t sing a song, let BeninSing It!”

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Barbara Taylor


Rhonda, I think you got everyone's attention with this welcome ,vibrant recording that definately shows your talents. Thank you, I love it.
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M2MPraiz Entertainment

Sweet Jazz where the past and the present meet!!!!
Rhonda has taken a bit of the past and some of the present to bring a soul stirring, bold, throught provoking sound to you. Listen to the stories within the song. The lyrics will have you look within and the sound will take you away from your day to day life. You will EXPERIENCE A Matter of the Heart. Definitely a great listen for all occasions.
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Sandra Osibin Hutchinson

A FEAST FOR THE EARS AND FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Rhonda Benin's CD is a pleasurable listening experience and a MUST HAVE for all jazz and blues fans. A Matter Of The Heart is a saltry seduction and smooth walk between voice, Rhonda Benin and bass, Harley White...simply outstanding! Pink Champagne wails with hot vocals and that big band blues sound. This CD is a musical feast of jazz, blues and R&B. Be prepared to sit back and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
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Hooksauce

Put it in and turn it up!
From the first note to the last, this CD will take you on a musical journey that you won't soon forget. This music is great for a long easy drive or a throwdown party with your best friends. Standout tracks are And I Love Him and Pink Champagne, but the entire CD puts it all on the line. Check this one out and you won't be disappointed.
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Ricky Wells

Brassy, Sassy and very Classy
I JUST WANT TO GIVE a matter of the heart A STANDING OVATION. A MUST HAVE IN ANY MUSIC LOVER'S COLLECTION
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Anne

This will take all your troubles away
Slip this CD into your car's player. You won't mind the traffic, people in the other cars will want to know why you are smiling, and you will be at work before you know it, refreshed and relaxed... Loved it!
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Leroy & Helen Dees

We enjoy listening to a CD by someone we personally know.
We enjoy Rhonda's sound and her version of the songs we're familiar with from our younger days.
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Mark McLeod

This is the latest in a long series of musical successes for Rhonda.
"A Matter of the Heart" is the latest in a long series of musical successes for Rhonda Benin. I manage the live Jazz & Blues Program at the Downtown Restaurant in Berkeley, California. Whenever we really want to turn the restaurant into a festive party, we book Rhonda and her band, Soulful Strut. She has a big, lush, warm voice and a personality and stage presence to match.
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Michael Glanzberg

Spectacular , sultry and soulful
Rhonda's gifted voice melds seamlessly with impeccable composition to create songs that you simply cannot listen to enough.
Why is this woman not being played on heavy rotation???
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Steve DeGroodt

Rhonda Benin's A Matter of the Heart is the balm !!! so soothing for your weary
Rhonda Benin's vocals on the cd, Matter of the Heart, are like a soothing kiss or a balm for your weary heart. Surprisingly, she has transformed the Beatles' song, And I Love Him, into her own soulful testimony. I Wish I Knew,(Gordon & Warren) is perhaps the most precious jewel in this crown of songs. Her seasoned vocal phrasing along with the brilliant ensemble of Bay area jazz musicians make this well produced cd sooooo refreshing !
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