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Rhonda Benin: Guestbook

Ara hayes

December 17, 2016

My mom would be so proud of you. She loved her some singing. Much love to you

Travis VanBrasch

May 27, 2016

Rhonda-
What a perfect night you created! 100 people wrapped in your voice, every one of them moved and happy. Thank you so very much.

Susan Emerick

February 7, 2016

Rhonda,
I enjoyed your singing with the Michael O'Neill Trio very much at Sofitel last Wednesday, Feb. 3. Really appreciated your singing Pink Champagne for me also... I've signed up for your emails so I will know where will be singing!
Thanks again,
Susan Emerick

David E. Jackson - Instrument Audio Service, LLC / IAS Audio

July 28, 2015

Great speaking with you today and discussing a wonderful career.
Hope to hear you soon....!

Carmen L Patton

July 24, 2015

Rhonda: Your performance on Sunday at the Library was awesome! Your selection of musicians, and song selections showcased your versatility and master of your craft.
I need that performance to be on a CD so that I can enjoy it again and again!
Looking forward to hearing you again at the Sound Room in August.
Keep the music coming!

Freda McKay

September 29, 2014

I had pleasure of attending a House Concert - 2 Voices 1 Guitar with Rhonda and Wali Ali...all I can say is ENCORE!! The music was phenominal! Not only can Rhonda croon, but she has an amazing way of breaking down the music and educating her audience. It was a beautiful experience!

Carolyn McDaniel

September 29, 2014

I loved the intimacy of the House Concert I recently attended. It was so much fun singing along and dancing and just having a good time with friends. Thanks Rhonda & Wali!

Rebecca Goodman

September 28, 2014

Rhonda and an amazing group of musicians set up in our living room for my husband's 50th birthday party. My husband loves jazz, and the music was the soul of the party. Rhonda has such personality! People loved her, and she definitely knows how to get people dancing. Rhonda and her band were such a memorable part of our very fun night.

Cheryl Sweeney

September 28, 2014

Everyone had the best time at the Saturday Salon (house concert) in L.A. last night. Rhonda Benin and Wali Ali put on an amazing show that engaged the audience and had us up and dancing. It was so much fun!!! What a great way to spend an evening. I will definitely host one in the near future.

Erinn Anova

September 28, 2014

Rhonda is the bomb! The House Concert was the perfect setting to see her share her skillful and soulful singing in a comfortable and laid back environment. She often sets up a song with an engaging story that, when joined with that sultry voice, transports the room to a whole other space. Wali's expert guitar playing carressed each song just right; holding the root while her voice soothed and soared. What a treat, and what a delightful evening!

Narvelan Coleman

September 28, 2014

Rhonda.....thank you so much for last evening's (9/27) great music, food and fellowship. You are the quintessential entertainer, covering every genre of music that we all enjoy! Your ability to take classic standards, blues, iconic R&B hits, etc....and put your signature stamp on them is so refreshing! Your accompaniment by Wali Ali, on guitar was fantastic....what a talented musician! I am already looking forward to the next Concert in the House. God Bless....and keep singing!

Brenda Fountain

September 28, 2014

I had an Amazingly Awesome time at the House Concert. The atmosphere was relaxing, rejuvenating and I reconnected with people that I haven't seen in years. I love the intimate Atmosphere. Rhonda and Wali Ali were absolutely FABULOUS!!! We'll have to talk about hosting a House Concert soon. Be Blessed!!!

Rolina Brown

April 14, 2014

Just discovered your music. Outstanding!

Norman K Brown

December 30, 2013

Great Show last night, 12/29/13. I had a ball, Loved the way you worked the house!

James K

December 30, 2013

I love you. I love your music. Keep living your truth!!! Much love and blessings!!!

Barry

December 14, 2013

Rhonda shook the barn today. ....knocked me out.

Joshua Lieberstein

December 14, 2013

She makes me wanna climb a tree!!!!'

Gail Richie

November 27, 2013

I enjoy you so much in the bay area. Looking forward to see your show(s) in Los Angeles as well. Happy Thanksgiving.

Charles F. Jarrett

August 2, 2013

I understand that you just agreed to attend the September Orinda Jazz Festival and I would like to find out what venues you will be appearing in the East Bay bay. I understand you have an appearance in Oakland tomorrow or Sunday, and since I will be writing an article for the Orinda News, I would like to interview you before August 8th for the September 1st issue. Please call me at (925) 820-5214.
Charlie Jarrett- reporter and staff photographer

JerryAnn Whiters

July 22, 2013

Hope to see U soon... I'm here with T in No. Cali... (hopefully your Aug. 1st Show) Keep doing what you're doing, 'cause U do it the best!!!

Gay Morris

April 8, 2013

Received your CD ,"A Matter of the Heart" today. Was well worth the wait!

peter gontha

April 1, 2013

Dear Rhonda,
I am wondering if you would be interested in performing at the Jakarta International Java Jazz festival in 2014, March 7, 8 and 9.
Please revert if you are.
Peter Gontha
Chairman and Founder.

Suzanne McCulloch

February 8, 2013

Thank you for a fantastic concert last Saturday. Charles and I found the historical thread and the way one song flowed to the the next very moving. Great band too!
Thank you for inviting us!
Suznne

Dakota Dry and Family

February 2, 2013

What an awesome show at The Jazz School! Blew everyone away. Best show I've seen in a very long time. If you haven't seen her, go see her!

Maria Grigonis

December 22, 2012

I enjoyed Rhonda Benin's "Merry Chistmas Baby" concert in Oakland, Ca. Not only is she beautiful this woman can "SANG!" She does an amazing job at getting the audience involved with the show. I left with a smile on my face and feeling good.

Sonya aka Son-yer

March 2, 2012

Love Love Love your Talent. What a Blessing to be able to share your gifts. Your stage presents is dynamic and charismatic. You get your audience involved and keep them there throughout your entire performance, not to mention YOUR vocals... Wow! Absolutely the BEST I've ever heard... Soulful with a soothing flow of essence. You are a beautiful woman... You define grace. Love ya

Raymond A. Williams

February 12, 2012

I just heard Ms. Benin sining It's A Matter of the Heart. Made this grandfather and senior citizen stop playing a computer game and listen. Wow!

Sheila Levy

December 31, 2011

Rhonda, I love your sound, original, soulful, smooth, what a voice!!

rasheedah mwongozi

December 8, 2011

I was blessed to experience Rhonda at the 57th Street Gallery on Sunday, December 4th,2011. Once again, Rhonda did not disappoint her audience and gave us the 200% of her creativity that one comes to expect when seeing her. Ms. Benin's masterful ability to draw the audience into her musical realm is not to be easily matched by anyone. She had me from jump street with "Bye, Bye Blackbird". When Ms Rhonda performs I always feel as if she is giving me a gift that keeps on giving.

Joe Lev

October 30, 2011

Had a ball with you guys last night at Main St. Great venue, great music, great entertainment!

Roberta Pinkston

October 28, 2011

cant wait to see you at Ozumo's

Cristina

October 28, 2011

Hi Rhonda!! Hope You're well!! I like to see your website and I hope all is going alright with you!! When are you coming back to Spain?!?! I would like to enjoy again your music and of course of you! ;)

Hugs from Barcelona!!! ;)

Ouida Joi

September 11, 2011

Rhonda! Your show tonight was absolutely amazing! You rocked the house! And...thank you for singing Lovely Day. It has very special meaning for me. :-) Thank you for the great music! I will definitely be at your next show, and the next, and the next.... :-)

Carmen Patton

August 31, 2011

Hi Rhonda, you already know that I am a big fan of yours! Your sweet voice, creative interpretations of old standards is so refreshing. Thank you for giving us jazz, blues, classic standards and musical history too! You are one of my favorite entertainers and I am so happy to see that you are spreading that talent around.
Love you... keep up the good work!

april

August 29, 2011

You and your musicians are terrific. I really enjoyed you at the Golden Gate Library on Sunday-thank you for the Nick Ashford!!

Wilbur

August 20, 2011

God bless you!

Kyras Mom

July 5, 2011

My music is on random play and I was just listening to your cover "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans" and smiling. It is so nice to hear your voice and that soul! Thank you for the heart and the music! Going now to listen to more of your "A Matter Of The Heat" album.

Sharon Yates

June 25, 2011

Hi Rhonda,
You are truly an AWESOME singer, and I have enjoyed your WIDE RANGE of musical talent over the years. jazz, blues, r&b, contemporary....you can sing it all; and your originals tunes are true classics. Two favorites of mine are, "matter of the heart" and "my blues away". Last week on June 16, 2011 you appeared, once again at the CROWNE PLAZA - LAX. Near the end of your third set you s-a-n-g another favorite of mine, "The Creator Has a Master Plan". God has richly rewarded you with a silver voice...."keep on keepin' on", my friend.

Elaine Henderson Kibby

June 20, 2011

Hey, Rhonda,
Susan told me that she saw you preform a few ago and how much she enjoyed it. Your going to have to come down to the Big Houston, Tx. and show them that we have a going on in CA. Please we need to get togather I would love to see you.
God Bless and take care Elaine

Taylor Harvey

June 18, 2011

Hello Rhonda! You did an amazingggg show out here in LA at the Crowne Plaza, and my mother and I had a great time. I'm on the mailing list, so I can't wait until you come back to my side of town!

Stephanie Rockwell-Merchant

June 17, 2011

You were Fabulous last night in Los Angeles!!!! May God continue to bless you in your career.

Susan Coleman

June 17, 2011

The show was FANTASTIC!! You are a STAR and your show says it all. I love to see an artist who "feels" and expresses their music. We enjoyed ourselves and ended our evening listening to "a matter of the heart" on our 1 1/2 hour drive home.
It was really good to see you and I'm looking foward to the next show , I may just have to catch you in Oaktown sooner than later!
God bless
Susan Coleman

Stephanie Rockwell-Merchant

March 23, 2011

RHONDA!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Marilyn told me she saw you on yesterday and I was totally excited to hear how wonderful you are doing. You still have that beautiful smooth/Jazz voice that I remember so well. It has been way too long. I counted the years and decided not to post it...Lol...Good to see and hear you on the web. Email me!!!! :)

Loraine Binion-Hardy

February 27, 2011

What a fun time at the Freight and Salvage. Rhonda, you are not only a great singer; but a great entertainer. Last week we danced with "Prince" on Monday and then with "Rhonda" on Thursday. It doesn't get any better....Looking forward to the next time.
Loraine and Joseph

Arnita Calloway

February 26, 2011

The Rhonda Benin show at the Freight & Salvage was SUPERB! My friends and I enjoyed the selection of musicand the highest level of professionalism from the musicians. The staff at the Freight & Salvage exuded warm and welcoming energy. We had a wonderful evening!!!!!! Thanks again for the invitation!

Kesha Hackett Belcher

February 25, 2011

We enjoyed your show last night. It was good to hear a tribute to such amazing and sometimes unsung talent. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

Janet Davis

February 25, 2011

hey Rhonda parter i was so glad that i got to hear you sing aat long last you are great and iam looking forward to comung again to hear you that was great.Janet Davis (Parter)

Gwen Blackwell

February 25, 2011

Sis Rhonda....Once again you and your band rocked and brought down the hay..ouse last night at Freight & Salvage. The musical arrangements and songs were well coordinated and not one note was missed. You invited us into your space, fed us, dropped some historical knowledge about the Blues on us and then took us down memory lane including the soul train line. LOL. You were the perfect Hostess and hats, headbands, toupee's, wigs and weaves off to you girlfriend. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YA!

kristy

February 24, 2011

i herd your wonderful music it was nice

Ellen Hoffman

November 14, 2010

Hey Rhonda,

Ellen here, waving hi from Berkeley & just saying Hey!

Charles Grimes

November 5, 2010

I will see you on December 9th.

Trish Mairet

September 24, 2010

love to know when you preform in the North Bay.

YAYA

June 1, 2010

Rhonda, it gets better every time you come back to LA! I always look forward to you coming home doing shows for us because not only do we get a wonderful show, it is always a reunion and old friends get a chance to come together again. I commend you for following your dreams!

Love you much, YAYA!

Stephen James

May 22, 2010

Soo Soo Proud of You and happy with you for what you are doing...what you love to do...sing and entertain. Enjoyed you last night at the Radisson. You've become quite the comedian! God Bless Baby, my continued prayers for your much deserved success.
Big Bro..Stephen

Darwin Cook

November 29, 2009

Rhonda,
I truly enjoyed the music last night, you are an incredible entertainer with a voice to move peoples hearts! You go with the flow and I enjoy what you do, you give what the audience wants! God Bless you and the music you sing. PS. Your Trio is AMAZING!!!!

Steve DeGroodt

November 29, 2009

Rhonda,
Mmmmmmmmm. Ya did it again last night at the Radisson Hotel gig to a packed house. Had the entire LA audience in the palm of your hand. You and that superb trio (Go, Tammy go !) took us sonically to some other place..a very good place and suspended time. Your voice never ceases to amaze me. You could hold the Yellow Pages phone book, flip to any page and sing those telephone numbers so beautifully and beat most of the music on today's radio !!!

Maggie Flowers

November 28, 2009

Recently saw Rhonda at the Culver's Jazz club at Radisson West LA. What a show! This lovely lady has a rare musical versatility. Rhonda moves easily from jazz standards to R&B to Latin rhymthms, putting her unique signature on every song. But Rhonda is more than a great vocalist. Her show is full of energy, wit and her special joie de vivre. Don't miss the opportunity to see this exciting artist in person.

Beverly Kuykendall

September 3, 2009

Now you are really making me be a big show off! I have sent your video clip to the whole neighborhood telling them about the September 17 gig at the Crown Plaza. Still working on trying to get there myself. Sent it also to Paula Chambers and Patricia Lawler and Helen Goss. Love it!

Bev//

Carolynne

August 14, 2009

Hi Rhonda:

Thanks for your wonderful performance. My sister and I had a very good time at Yoshi's SF the other night. My mission was to have fun and you and your band made it happen for me. The next morning my legs and feet were aching but it was all worth it. Please, please let me know the next time you will be performing in the Bay Area and will definitely come out to see you again.

P.S. you were wearing that natural wig okay girlfriend and that outfit please tell me where I can find one in my size...KUDOS!

renard burnett

June 15, 2009

I love you very much just wanted you to know if you had forgotten

Mardiyya

February 5, 2009

Hey Rhonda!!!

I know Mom's Birthday preceeds ours!!! At least I paid attention,,,, since I missed it last year??
Give her my regards and I hope to see her at your Celebration at Yoshi's this year... Ask her what she wants as a gift????

Have fun on the World Stage!!!!!

Wilma and Richard

January 26, 2009

Hey Rhonda! The clip on your site is beautiful. So glad you are still doin'your thing!
Any trips to planned for Chicago?? Hope to catch you next time we are in Bay Area.

Maceo R.

October 27, 2008

Rhonda,
Thank you for sharing your gift of song with music that is soothing to the soul. I love your version of 'Where Were You When I Needed You', and have to play it at least 2 or 3 times to get my fill. It was a pleasure to hear you Sunday in such an intimate setting at Karani and Robert's home.
Just like a fine bottle of wine, your music is to be savored and I look forward to your next performance in LA.

Jessica

October 22, 2008

Hi Miss Lady! What a beautiful voice. Wanted to stop by your page and say hello. It was very nice meeting you over the phone!

Hope this note finds you well.

Jessica H.
Elliott Benson Research

David Daniel

October 8, 2008

Hey there!

Chris Lindsey

September 25, 2008

My fiancee and I searched and searched for a band with a female vocalist for our wedding. We'd just about given up hope of finding someone with some real talent when we were pointed towards Rhonda. From the moment we heard samples of her music, we were hooked, even from the sound coming from the tiny speakers on my laptop. We could tell right away that we'd found the someone who could bring the feeling through her voice that would make our celebration a night to remember.

The day of the wedding, she didn't disappoint, providing quality cocktail hour and dance music that even the professional musicians amongst our guests appreciated. Even though ours was a smaller wedding, she kept the energy flowing through to the end and people on the dance floor.

Thanks to Rhonda for everything she brought to our wedding: great music, incredible voice, professionalism, and just straight forward talk to help us get through the evening. We'll look forward to seeing you live when you're down in LA!
Chris and Miki

Valentina Carter

September 22, 2008

Rhonda,
To say that I love your voice would be an understatement. Not often is it that I have the pleasure of hearing such anointing that moves and calms my heart like you just did. I thank God for such a gift like you at a time when I need it most in my life. I will be purchasing "Matters of the heart" and will play it often. Thank you so much!
Valentina

P.S.
When will you be in Atlanta?

Tere'sa aka Tee

September 14, 2008

I know you thought I forgot, no. Your voice is very soothing. Nice to see you at Experience on the Green. Keep in touch and call whenever, Eric says hello too.

Gwen Blackwell

August 19, 2008

I read a quote that read ... “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”...listening to you perform is like a cool glass of water on a summer day. "Refreshing". Can't wait to hear you at
Anna's Jazz Island in Sept.
Peace and blessings

Richard Rangel

August 10, 2008

Hello Pretty Lady, Rhonda I am a friend of Annie Fascio/Ramirez who just saw your show, And she sent me a link, I would like to buy a C.D. of yours, I will try to go to one of your future shows, I love your music, I have a very good friend of mine, His name is Josh Stewart, And he is one of the # 8 original founders of the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, And I have volunteered there every year for 4 years, And I want him to listen to your C.D. Best of luck , and you have a new fan in Monterey Calif.

Rene

August 2, 2008

Great Performance! It was a pleasure meeting you at the Sheraton, Los Angeles. My Wife and I enjoyed your music very much.
Look forward to catching another performance soon.

Gene

July 17, 2008

Great album, both songs and performances and a pleasure to meet you last week. Look forward to seeing you live.

Jackie Bey

July 14, 2008

Ms. Rhonda you are an inspiration. I love your voice and your style. I met you at the Spiritual Empowerment Center in June when we performed for the God Song Concert. Can you be my mentor?

Agnes L. Tate

June 2, 2008

THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS AWESOME CD.
You are truly one of the angels that God has sent down to Earth to share your gift of song. You have a lovely voice and I truly am enjoying your CD. THANKS again for sharing your gift of music with me. A new and devoted fan. Peace and blessings, Agnes Tate

Pegi Hurd

May 21, 2008

You go girl!! Live your dream !

James Knox

April 17, 2008

Thank you for your wonderful music and kind spirit.

Sing Benin Sing!

All the best,

James

Georgie Doglietto

April 14, 2008

Rhonda, I loved your CD. Your music is beautiful and so are you. We really enjoyed your company.

Eric Cummings

April 11, 2008

Rhonda you so you showed out at Yoshis Jazz House you sang your face off what a joy you and to get off the stage & dance with me that was wonderful what a show on a work night.

Sing Sing Sing.

Eric

Love Ya

Hollis Taylor Carr

February 29, 2008

Lady Rhonda - -You "broke a leg" at Yoshis Jazz House. You are a "class" act. Laissez le bon temps roulez. Hollis Carr

Mary Cunningham

February 29, 2008

Miss Rhonda,

Thank you for such a wonderful Black History Month workshop at our school today. The kids and parents really enjoyed the program.

I look forward to attending one of your concerts.

Beverly jarrett

February 29, 2008

Hey Rhonda,
Lee and I really enjoyed your energized show!! Your range of jazz and blues is up there with them best. We were so pleased that we chose your show to bring our out of town guests. They were really impressed with you and Oakland!!! Please keep us on your mailing list

Kym Luqman

February 28, 2008

We had a great time at Yoshi's. Your performance was wonderful, the ambience created by a room full of friends and fans was warm and energizing. Congrats.

Maurine Watkins

February 28, 2008

Rhonda,
Had a Blast the other night at your concert at Yoshi's. My 4 guests were very impressed with the show. It's so nice to have the opportunity to enjoy quality entertainment locally. Thank again for the show....Let me know when you perform again.

I'm proud of you!
Maurine

Vonnah P. Bagner

February 28, 2008

Rhonda, thank you for such and enjoyable evening of good music and socializing with up people. The show was fantastic and the band was superb. The audience was very receptive and had lots of fun. You enteracted very well with your audience and even got them to dance and laugh and just have an all around good time. God Bless you and your music, keep up the wonderful work.
Much Love, Vonnah and Ernest Bagner of Oakland.

Vonnah Bagner

February 28, 2008

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the show at Yoshi's! Rhonda, your voice is amazing, and your energy level stayed at 10 - just like you. I couldn't sit still in my seat when you started dancing. FANTASTIC!!

Vonnah (Sweetie) B.

Gaby Miller

February 28, 2008

Rhonda,
You rock, girl!
It was a wonderful fun show with just the right amount of mix of jazz, swing, R&B, and lovely slow stuff. Both Alyce and I loved it! It also was terrific to see you again.

Best wishes for continued success!
Gaby Miller

Barbara Taylor

February 22, 2008

Rhonda, what a wonderful show. I don't know when I have been so proud of anyone. You really rocked the house. And a Happy Happy Birthday. Love ya much - Your Godmother, Barbara

rasheedah mwongozi

February 20, 2008

Hey, Rhonda,

Rita and I had a great time. Rita felt really special when you acknowledged us as we left. Sorry we could not stay but I know you are coming back around again.

Your birthday falls on the same day as the Festival of Shiva in India and the goddess energy is Kali, the Black Darling.

Perform a nice cleansing bath with flower petals or a sweet perfume.

Kali-"Where there is sorrow, she dances to bring joy.Where there is fear she dances in courage." from 365 Goddess by Patricia Telesco

Happy Solar Return and all the great blessings of the day.

B Mardiyya

February 19, 2008

It was a great evening at Yoshi's

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY on the day of your BIRTH!!!!

I trust that you will have a great one!!! Unable to attend the FUNCTION at the JUNCTION this week-end!!?!??!BUT have a PINK CHAMPAGNE on ME!!! Smiles

But I will plan to catch you at one of the BLUES & Biscuits events!!!!

Rasheedah Mwongozi

February 13, 2008

Greetings again,Rhonda,

Just checked out your calendar...HAIL AND GODDESS SPEED, MY SISTER PISCES!!!
You had no choice but to be special!!!

Love ya!

Rasheedah Mwongozi

February 13, 2008

Greetings,Rhonda,

I am determined to see you Monday at Yoshi's.It is the eve of my birthday and having your voice in my head as I turn 57 the next morning is a great way to embardk on another great solar return for me. Love and Gratitude

Heidi Reeves

February 13, 2008

Rhonda: How proud I am for you, to be appearing at Yoshi's on Monday, although I do not usually go out at night during a work week, I will definitely see you on Monday.

Miz Heidi

Felecia Jordan

February 12, 2008

Hey Rhonda, I don't know if you remember me. I met you thru Sandra. I'm on the email for Yoshi's upcoming shows and I saw you. I wish I could make that show. Monday nights are my bowling nite. I'm glad to hear that you are doing well. God has bless you with a beautiful gift. Keep up the good work and remember to give all praises and thanks to him.

God Bless,
Felecia

barb

February 12, 2008

dear rhonda,
thank you for your interview on kcsm today. you are an inspiration to everyone. happy birthday to you and your mother from vancouver, bc.

Annette Turner

February 10, 2008

Rhonda,
Congratulations on your Yoshi's gig, I will be there I know it's going to be a great performance!

Tee Watts

January 31, 2008

Ms. Benin of the priceless chops. You in the club, baby. Don't sweat it. Glisten it. That's what Lena Horne told Niecy Williams. Real women don't sweat. They glisten. C ya on the 18th!

T. Watts

Big International Hankinatra

January 31, 2008

Lookin' forward 2 hearin' yourshowat Yoshi's....Good work makin' 'em give up the play 4 the locals...Peace out'oh yeah Nappy New Year!

Kesha Hackett-Belcher

January 30, 2008

Hey Rhonda! A group of friends and I are coming to your Yoshi's gig on February 18th! We are supporting and showing love for both you on vocals and my husband on Bass. Keep up the great work! Peace

Mia Medlin

November 22, 2007

Hi Rhonda,

It's your gym friend...You have a beautiful voice. From me and my husband keep up the good work and know that you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you. See you at 24 hour fitness...

Peace,
Benny & Mia

Holly Ellis

November 6, 2007

Rhonda made LA rock last Friday. I felt like I was in New York at the supper club.
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