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Ronni Rae Rivers: Bio

Ronni Rae Rivers - Biography

Born in Sydney, Australia to an Aussie Mum and Texan Dad, Ronni spent time between Australia and the USA during her formative years. She carved out her performing niche at a young age in Houston through performing at Rodeos and Honky Tonks whilst still in school. When her parents moved back to Australia, she immediately formed a band and played at every Country Music Club and Pub in WA from Albany to Broome. Having been described as a dynamic, engaging, wild redhead reminiscent of a young Reba McEntire blended with Tanya Tucker, her raw energy, unbridled passion and musical prowess captivates and mesmerizes audiences. A consummate professional whose performance skills seem to defy her years, Ronni owns every inch of every stage she performs on. Currently dividing her time between Sydney, Australia and Nashville, Tennessee is proving to be a great decision for Ronni Rae, as her songwriting has been a major focus since being awarded a songwriting mentorship by ARTS WA (Western Australian Government Body supporting Artistic talent) to travel to Nashville and write songs for her forthcoming album. A graduate of the CMAA Australian College of Country Music, Ronni’s fiddle, guitar and piano skills have enabled her to work locally and internationally. She has shared the stage with some of Australia’s best known country music entertainers such as Adam Harvey, Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, Beccy Cole and Adam Brand as well as internationally renowned Jose Feliciano and Aaron Neville. Two time Western Australian female vocalist of the Year award winner, Ronni Rae has been recognised through numerous awards in Australia, including being named the ASA (Australian Songwriters Association) Awards Country Songwriter Of The Year while her debut album ‘Notice Me’ produced 5 Top 30 Australian Country Music Radio hits and 2 Number #1 hit singles. She was the subject of the BBC World documentary ‘Destination Music’ which featured performances and interviews with the 10 hottest Country Music Acts in Australia. For the second consecutive year, she was named a Golden Saddle Awards finalist and was nominated for 2 awards in the APRA songwriting awards. Ronni was acknowledged by her fellow musicians in Australia, by receiving a Top 3 finalist nomination for the Golden Fiddle Awards. This award goes to the fiddle player who demonstrates excellence in both live and recorded performance. Ronni was selected again as one of the hottest export ready musical talents by Austrade and featured on the OZGIGZ DVD.

Her CD 'Whole Heart To Give', the Western Australian Country Music Awards 'Album of the Year', provided a finalist spot for New Talent of the Year at The Golden Guitar Awards, producing five Top 10 hits, ‘Cowboys Come Home’, ‘I Would Want To’, ‘Running on Fumes’, ‘Waiting On Lonely’ and ‘Things I Want’.

Since her 'Whole Heart to Give' CD release, Ronni Rae has made a name for herself writing for other artists and performing in artistically renowned theatrical productions, including both on and off broadway roles.

Away from the spotlight, her time is devoted to several philanthropic pursuits-from volunteering with the RFS to being a wildlife rescuer and carer. Ronni Rae can often be found caring for an orphaned animal and then helping a family adjust during a crisis period.