I was thrilled to find such a beautiful song that epitomizes the pledge of love from one to another,” bluegrass icon Rhonda Vincent tells The Boot of her new song, ‘Taken.’ “It was an honor to have Richard Marx sing with me. He’s a friend I’ve now sang with, but never met face to face. His voice was perfect for this song.”
And the beach was a perfect place to bring ‘Taken’ to life. “We filmed the video in Costa Rica and Panama City,” explains the Grammy winner. “The scenery was breathtaking; the people were friendly and accommodating. The only scary part was the poisonous frog. It’s a perfect summer video that displays the promise of love, and lots of fun in the sun!”
‘Taken’ is the title track to Rhonda’s latest album, released last year on her own Upper Management Music label, which she formed after leaving Rounder Records. “This project was a little more challenging, knowing we were doing everything from producing to putting every viable piece together, even in marketing and media,” Rhonda says. “It has given me some sleepless nights, knowing we were responsible for every aspect of making this work. I researched it and talked to everybody I could talk to, and all my research pointed to me doing this myself. I’m learning a lot of new things that I’ve never done before; I’m kind of in a new phase of my musical college years.”
In addition to Richard Marx, the album also features guest vocals by Dolly Parton and Rhonda’s two daughters, Sally and Tensel Sandker.