Rhonda Ross may be the lesser-known child of music legend, Diana Ross, but in a recent photo, she proved to be every inch her mother’s daughter.
Rhonda was pictured mid-performance on stage- and according to her caption- at the Noches Del Botanico Festival in Madrid, Spain.
Her impressive costume comprised a tight strapless outfit with a gold link detailing, large earrings, a sizeable neckpiece, and arm cuffs. The signature “Ross” hair was also on full display.
“My first influence is my mother. She did ‘Lady Sings The Blues,’ and in her show, she would always do a section of Billie Holiday’s songs, and that always spoke to me.”
In another interview, the “Breathe” singer, further clarified that she wasn't pressured into singing. “I think, like what happens with a lot of families, what I witnessed all of my life was the industry,” she said, adding that she always knew she wanted to express herself through Arts. She just wasn’t sure where her focus would lie.
Rhonda recounts her discovery of another music legend, Ella Fitzgerald, while in college. She confessed to loving how Fitzgerald used her voice as an instrument and said: “she was in a lot of ways, my entry into that world, and that’s when I started my professional career as a musician.”
Meeting her husband, fellow musician Rodney Kendrick, was a turning point for Rhonda’s career. Kendrick and jazz singer, Abbey Lincoln, recognized a unique talent in Rhonda and encouraged her to write songs.
Rhonda’s songs, unlike her mother’s feel-good hits, address some of life’s biggest questions, “from racism to sexism to homophobia to the need for self-love and spirituality.”
The “Summer Day” crooner, however, believes that her rhythm is compatible with her mother’s because “both are about reaching for joy, about living your life and feeling good.”
Rhonda, who describes herself as a social artist, is the only daughter of Diana and Motown Records founder, Berry Gordy. Her half-siblings include “Black-ish” star, Tracee Ellis Ross and musician Evan Ross.