- 1. At Last - Etta James
- 2. Respect - Aretha Franklin
- 3. Dancing In The Street - Martha & The Vandellas
- 4. Let's Stay Together - Al Green
- 5. Simple - India Arie
- 6. All I Do - Stevie Wonder
- 7. My Funny Valentine - Standard
- 8. Sunny - Bobby Hepp
- 9. The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield
- 10. Another Day
- 11. Destiny
When you invite Rhonda Denet to contribute her voice to your event, you treat your guests to a "Soul Good Music" experience. With a spirit that will warm your heart and a voice that will touch your soul, Denet is a virtuoso who lends her own flair to every song. It is said that Rhonda Denet "can bottom out like Chaka and shares air with Aretha". Her repertoire ranges from jazz standards by Ella Fitzgerald to soul classics by Aretha Franklin and contemporary favorites from Stevie Wonder to Jill Scott. Her vocal pyrotechnics will simply take your breath away whether she's performing solo with tracks or with the soulfully gifted members of The Bad Cats (her backing band).
Excellent vocals and had practiced ahead. Went with the flow with changes etc. Professional. Prompt communciation. Additional band member performed duet for male vocals perfectly as well!
Response from Rhonda Denet:
Parag -- Thanks so much. It was an honor to be a part of the celebration. And a celebration it was! Loved you both joining in on the groom dances. Wishing you and Maanasa many years of wedding bliss!!!
I couldnt have asked for a better vocalist/performer. Rhonda worked with me in making my vision come true literally from the minute she was booked. I recommend her for everybody. 5 STARS!!! She is the best , easy to work with, great at communication, an AMAZING singer. So much to say about her and they are all GREAT . Thank you again Rhonda
Response from Rhonda Denet:
The pleasure was truly mine. It's rare to witness such care and detail in a gift to a loved one. Wishing you and Amanda much love and bliss!!!
The beautiful voice of Ronda was delightful. The blending of songs awesome creation of my selections.
Response from Rhonda Denet:
It was a pleasure to celebrate you into the space. Hope the rest of the evening was as wonderful as you!!!
Rhonda was wonderful! We asked for her to collaborate with another musician she didn’t yet know, on a particular program of protest songs from the Civil Rights movement to the present day. It was everything we hoped for, and more. Rhonda’s gorgeous singing, her professionalism, and her generous spirit made our event extra-special.
Superb, adaptable to large very loud crowds. Always smiling, super professionalism and how can we forget the amazing voice. 1920, 1930, 1990s...you name it and this women had it all!!! I recommend asking her to go all soul, she sings her heart out!! Can't wait to order her again. Iam an avid jazz club visitor, ask her for some serious soul and she will deliver.
Response from Rhonda Denet:
It was a pleasure to share music with such a lively crowd. Looking forward to seeing you all again.
Her father and I want to express my most sincere appreciation for performing at my daughter's wedding last Saturday! By all accounts, your music was one of the highlights of the entire event, and so many people have commented on your beautiful voice and choice of songs. Thank you so much for making this wedding the event Elizabeth and Eric envisioned. I hope that our paths will cross again one day as you now have gained many more fans in our friends and family members.
LOVED "Over the Rainbow," "At Last," "Amazing Grace!!!," and all the other wonderful selections you did for the ceremony and cocktail hour!
Response from Rhonda Denet:
It was my absolute pleasure to be a part of the celebration. An amazing couple got married at a fabulous estate surrounded by love that could be felt from every corner of the room. May Elizabeth, Eric and both newly joined families experience much bliss in the years to come. And I do hope our paths cross again.
I had booked Rhonda for a singing telegram for my best friend on her 30th birthday. As her birthday fell on a Saturday, I had to send the telegram to her apartment in NYC so I wanted to hire someone that could really use their voice as a gift without any fancy equipment or accompaniment. And boy did Rhonda use that voice! The birthday girl was blown away.
I reside halfway across the world from NYC so could only rely on emails for everything to go smoothly and Rhonda was always so prompt with her replies, I was never left in the dark. She went above and beyond to ensure my friend got her gift - despite the fact that there were so many difficulties with my payments going through, causing her to go out on a limb for complete strangers. She even included a hug for me!
The soul in her voice is testament to this warm and soulful spirit she possesses and I can't imagine any audience or client of hers being disappointed with her service.
What a delight!
Rhonda and her boys delivered a toe-tappin', heart-renderin', soul-rousin' performance at our local library in Westhampton Beach, LI, NY, last eve. She stirred youthful memories of my favorite artists and their beloved recordings. I belileve all in attendance were deeply moved. Thank you, Rhonda, you are an instrument of God himself.....a most welcome and needed reminder of sunshine in all this rain! XO, Susan Smith
Rhonda you are a very classy and soulful singer. My family and friends fell in love with your smooth style and melodious voice. I would hire you again and again and again. Thank you so much, for make my night a success. Love Linda......
Rhonda Denet and her keyboard player performed at our wedding. Their performance was phenomenal!! Rhonda also sang for our cocktail hour. All of our guests raved about her voice. She sang R & B love songs, they did a duet and sang jazz tunes during the cocktail hour. She also sang a gospel song, which she rearranged and learned. She did a splendid job. Rhonda honored all of my requests. My husband and I still hear her lovely voice everytime we reminisce of our wedding. We deeply appreciate her devotion to her gift and helping us make our wedding day most memorable. We will surely summons her for our future affairs. Thank you Rhonda for your wonderful services!! Bobby and Leta White
If you are reading this because you are considering hiring Rhonda, let us save you some time: DO IT.
Rhonda and her musicians are one of the best things to happen to our wedding [June 2011]. They are spectacular. They're not just a "wedding band". It's like having a LIVE concert at your wedding.
They created the perfect blend of music that fit into the background as people ate and talked, and then turned up the volume playing hits that had everyone on the dance floor. A few of our friends are professional musicians too, and they were practically bowing down to Rhonda when she sang. Our guests were a range of cool young people to older family members - and everyone's response was, "That was the best band EVER."
We can't say enough how meaningful their performance was to us. We originally gave them a long list of our favorite songs, and expected to only hear a few. Well, they played nearly all of them. And they are the NICEST people too. You could really tell that they love music and they love playing together, which means a lot when it's your wedding. Working with good people is so important. We even had some guests inquire about hiring her for their upcoming weddings, and wanted to get on her mailing list to hear her play around the city (you should do that, too).
We also requested at least 45 minutes of Jewish music for the hora, and they played that perfectly. We were SO impressed, and the hora was so much fun.
We could not be more grateful to Rhonda, and we give her our highest recommendation. If she is playing your wedding, get psyched. It's going to be a great party.
Come back to Peekskill! Great voice! GREAT BAND!
I have seen Rhonda several times. She is terrific. I've brought friends and family to see her. She has knocked everybody over. Rhonda is a guaranteed good time. The rest of the band is terrific.
What to Expect
Rhonda Denet takes your guests on an extraordinary journey in song covering everything from Ella Fitzgerald to Aretha Franklin, from Chaka Khan to Jill Scott.
Rhonda Dent has been hailed as a virtuoso that lends her flair to every song she sings. This formally trained and soulfully gifted songbird completely covers the gamut with a repertoire that covers the American Songbook to Top 40 radio as well as her inspirational original compositions. Her professional career has allowed her to share the gift of music throughout the New York metropolitan region and across the country with appearances at concert halls, theaters, clubs, resorts, museums and premier wedding venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Friar's Club, Waldorf Astoria, Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury, Doral Arrowwood Resort, B. B. Kings Bar & Grill, and Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar. Dent continues to perform regularly throughout the area with her band Rhonda Dent & The Bad Cats, as a lead vocalist for The Kazz Music Orchestra and teams up with Echoes of Sinatra vocalist, Steve Kazlauskas for “Ella & Frank: A Tribute”. In 2010, she released a self-produced EP of original music entitled Another Day. In addition she is proud to the founder and primary performer for the Silver Fox Songs showcase series, a program which allows her bring live music to appreciative, yet under-served populations at senior and community service organizations.
Additional Booking Notes
For most events I bring the necessary equipment to amplify my voice as well as any instrumentation you choose.
Past Booked Events
|May 23, 2019 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm||Surprise|
|March 15, 2019 • 8:30pm - 8:45pm||Birthday Party|
|January 20, 2019 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Nonprofit Event|
|August 19, 2018 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|June 16, 2018 • 1:30pm - 1:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF SONGS: A list of most requested tunes follows. A complete list of over 200 songs is available upon request. New songs are added to the complete on a frequent basis.
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
All I Do – Stevie Wonder
All Of Me – Ella Fitzgerald
As – Stevie Wonder
At Last – Etta James
Blue Skies – Ella Fitzgerald
Boogie, Oogie, Oogie - A Taste Of Honey
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Four Seasons/The Fugees
Chain Of Fools – Aretha Franklin
Come Rain or Come Shine – Billie Holiday
Cruisin – Smokey Robinson
Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas
Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Don’t Get Much Around Much Anymore – Ella Fitzgerald
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Feel Like Makin’ Love – Roberta Flack
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
For The Love Of You – The Isley Brothers
God Bless The Child – Billie Holiday
Got To Give It Up – Marvin Gaye
Hold On I’m Coming – Sam and Dave
I Can’t Help It – Michael Jackson
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Gladys Knight & The Pips
I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson
I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
I Wish You Love – Nancy Wilson/Natalie Cole
I’ll Take You There – The Staples Singers
I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan
Inner City Blues – Marvin Gaye
It Don’t Mean A Thing… – Ella Fitzgerald
It Had To Be You – Ella Fitzgerald
Just The Two Of Us – Bill Withers/Glover Washington
Lady Is A Tramp, The – Ella Fitzgerald
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Long Walk, A – Jill Scott
L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Lullaby of Birdland – Ella Fitzgerald
Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
Misty – Ella Fitzgerald
Moondance – Van Morrison
My Baby Just Cares For Me – Nina Simone
My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
My Funny Valentine – Anita Baker
My Guy – Mary Wells
Natural Woman, A – Aretha Franklin
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
Night and Day – Ella Fitzgerald
Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly – Lizz Wright
Proud Mary – Ike & Tina Turner
Ribbon In The Sky – Stevie Wonder
Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Route 66 – Natalie Cole
September – Earth Wind & Fire
Shake Your Body Down To The Ground – Jackson 5
Shakey Ground – Phoebe Snow/Temptations
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
Simple – India Arie
Something – The Beatles
Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland
Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Stand By Me – Ben E King
Stormy Monday – Eva Cassidy
Stormy Weather – Lena Horne
Summertime – Ella Fitzgerald
Sunny – Bobby Hebb
Sweet Love – Anita Baker
Sweet Thing – Rufus f. Chaka Khan
Tell Me Something Good – Rufus f. Chaka Khan
Time After Time – Etta James
Until You Come Back To Me – Aretha Franklin
Use Me – Bill Withers
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Way You Do The Things You Do, The – The Temptations
Way You Look Tonight, The – Billie Holiday
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Weight, The – Aretha Franklin
What A Little Moonlight Can Do – Nancy Wilson
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
What You Won’t Do For Love – Bobby Caldwell
What’s Goin’ On – Marvin Gaye
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
You Send Me – Sam Cooke
|Dave McDowell||Soprano/Tenor Sax & Flute|
Influences & Inspiration
JAZZ INFLUENCES INCLUDE: Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, Natalie Cole, and Dianne Reeves
SOUL/R&B INFLUENCES INCLUDE: Al Green, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Chaka Khan, Donnie Hathaway, Roberta Flack, and Stevie Wonder
Have PA system but need to be notified if needed.
"The chemistry, the soul, and the sheer joy that comes from the stage as these guys perform is electrifying."
"This soulful songbird typifies excellent entertainment."
"I want to tell you how meaningful, special and memorable last night was because of your beautiful super sweeeeeet contribution !!!!!" -- Re: Birthday celebration
“Every time I hear you sing I’m moved. That [performance] was soul good… simply good for my soul.”
“Rhonda and her band have to be heard to be believed. Covers. Original songs. Rhonda can do it all. They completely justify my reason for bypassing the radio and videos.”
“A virtuoso who lends vocal flair to every song she sings, skillfully taking you from R&B and Jazz standards to “souled-out” pop favorites, to even her own inspirational ballads. This formally trained and soulfully gifted songbird completely covers the gamut."