Rhonda McDaniel wins fourth CBMA Female Vocalist of Year Award
"Courtesy of the McCormick Messenger"
By Bob Stockton
It might have happened for four straight years at this same time of year, but McCormick’s Rhonda McDaniel isn’t bored one little bit.
Once again she was named the Carolina Beach Music Association’s (CBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year, and she is very honored.
“I am one happy camper at the moment,” McDaniel said. “Just two other singers, Molly Askins and Terri Gore, have won this award four straight years. I’m seriously focused on number five. I will be releasing a new CD in January and hope it will have an impact on listeners for 2012.”
McDaniel won her award at the CBMA Awards weekend at North Myrtle Beach. Her best friend and hair stylist Cheryln Pennington of Plum Branch accompanied her during a full weekend. McDaniel described the weekend in detail:
“I sang with the Holiday Band at Ducks on Thursday night, then at the Ocean Drive Beach Club with Ted Bell of the Surf 94.9 ‘Live’ Patio Party on Friday afternoon,” she said. “After that I made my rounds to all the clubs to check out the fantastic bands playing everywhere.
“On Saturday afternoon, the CBMA had a Benefit Cookout & Showcase with proceeds going to the CBMA Scholarship Foundation. I sang a couple songs there as well.
“On Saturday evening, they have the Industry Awards, and I was invited to perform on that show. We made our rounds once again to hear a whole new group of bands up and down Main Street.
“Band Fair is Sunday morning. All the artists gather in the OD Ballroom to meet and greet fans, sell merchandise, sign autographs and take pictures. Shortly after that, we all head over to the Alabama Theatre for the Carolina Beach Music Awards.
“The big show starts at 3 p.m. I had the privilege of performing on the CBMA Show again this year singing my latest hit ‘Lighten Up’. I made my way to my seat and watched a fantastic show from start to finish.
“Donnie Ray sang ‘Who’s Rockin’ You’ and Ms Jody did ‘The Bop.’ What a show! Craig Woolard and many others rocked the theatre. As we got close to the end, the Female Vocalist category and the nominees are announced. That’s when my heart starts pounding, and the sweaty palms take over. I was so excited when my name was called as the winner.
“It was an honor to have my dear friend, the Legendary Clifford Curry (of ‘She Shot A Hole In My Sole’ fame) present my award two years in a row. I promised him that I would record one of his songs at last year’s show, so I was in the studio over the Thanksgiving weekend doing just that. I am hoping to finish my new CD by the end of December.
“Back to Sunday’s events, the CBMA finale was awesome! Eddie Cornelius, former lead singer of the 70s group ‘Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose,’ gave a show stopping performance with hits he wrote: ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’(1971); ‘Too Late To Turn Back Now’(1972); ‘Never Gonna Be Alone’(1972), and ‘Don’t Ever Be Lonely’(1973).
“After the award show we all headed back over to Ocean Drive for the VIP After Party. What a lineup: Craig Woolard Band, Jim Quick & Coastline, Fantastic Shakers and Band of Oz. I was invited to sing with Band of Oz which I always love doing. My producer, Keith Houston, is bass player and part owner of the band. That was a perfect way to end the evening and weekend,” McDaniel said.
Houston, was named Engineer of the Year for a CD entitled “Little House, Big Party,” and McDaniel had a single on that CD titled “Lighten Up.” That same CD was named the Compilation of the Year, too.
She also had a single on the Collaboration of the Year titled “Queens of Southern Soul - Back By Popular Demand.” The single is titled “Don’t Wait Around.” Rhonda and Mike Taylor were nominated for Collaboration/Duo for “You Bug Me Baby”.
“Peter Carpenter and his family put the awards event together with the help of sponsors and staff, and they do a great job,” McDaniel said. “I want to thank everyone who voted and supported me for this year’s win.
“It was great to see so many local faces in the crowd. I hope fans will consider joining in 2012 to help me try for the most consecutive wins. Now that would truly be an honor!
“Congratulations to all the other nominees and winners, including our very own DJ, Pat Patterson, Shag Attack and The Out of Towners from the Upstate. Also a special thanks to my sponsors, Tommy and Janet Oliver at Oliver Communications and Rob White Signs,” she said.
McDaniel’s website is www.rhondamcdaniel.com or www.facebook.com/rhondahillmcdaniel