LaRhonda is the 2017 and 2016 Muddy Award winner for Best Female Vocalist presented by the Cascade Blues Association.
LaRhonda Steele began her musical journey in Jones, Oklahoma at age 13 singing her first solo in church one Sunday morning. Her journey continued to Portland, Oregon Porretta Italy and beyond culminating into an powerful legacy of musical experiences.
Over the years she has enjoyed working with local, national and international artists:including Curtis Salgado, Norman Sylvester, Janice Marie Scroggins and Gino Vannelli.
Performing in Porretta Italy at the 30th annual Porretta Soul Festival that honors American Soul Music, the Lincoln Center with Obo Addy in 2005 and her yearly appearances at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festivals are just a few of the highlights of her career.
LaRhonda currently enjoys Directing the Portland Interfaith Gospel Choir, working with B3 organist “King Louis” Pain. Their CD “Rock me Baby” received 4 out of 5 stars in Downbeat Magazine and is currentll being played throughout Europe. She also enjoys working with her own band The LaRhonda Steele Band in which her husband Mark is the keyboardist and co-producer of their collaboration “Artistic Differences.” The CD features 12 original songs written and co-written by the duo. Her CD “My Soul’s Song” features some of her gospel favorites.
Ever thankful for the support she has received from the musical community and her fans, her legacy of the love of music will continue on through and as the “Irresistible Soul Music of LaRhonda Steele.”