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Brenda’s Bio Featured Artist The Great Scone Debate! Brenda’s Gourmet Baskets

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What Her Tea Leaves Say…... What’s Brenda, of Brenda’s English Teas thinking this month! FATHER’S DAY. Don’t forget to order a gift basket/box for this special occasion. We offer Wine & Cheese, Teas and Coffee, Mug filled with candy, the golfer special and anything you would like to order. We ship anywhere. During the month of June I will be offering Afternoon Tea or Cream Tea in my home. Limited seating so book early. This month I am going to suggest teas for the summer months: P.G. Tips Mixed black teas, full bodied, makes great iced tea. (English household name tea)

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The Great Scone Debate Now onto scones…..which of course taste much better when served with tea!

The resulting formula suggested ratio of 2:1:1 (by weight) so the average scone, weighing 70g would require 35g of jam and 35 g of cream. Mathematician solves the great scone debate! She concluded that clotted cream, or DevonThe perfect cream tea involves a 2.8 cm which shire cream (which is also thick) is better than is just over 1” thick scone, with the jam spread whipped cream, or faux cream because of the before the cream, according to University of excessive volume size of whipped cream reSheffield math department. quired. The total thickness of the scone, with The debate has raged for years. According to all its elements should be around 2.8 cm (just tradition the Devon way is to slather the scone over 1”) to allow it to fit in your mouth easily. with cream first, but the Cornish – who also lay Jam, due to its density needs to be first and the claim to inventing cream teas – prepare their cream on top, this way you do not get sticky scones the opposite way. fingers while eating. Dr. Cheng said “Building Ignoring the references to cream teas which are good scone is like building a good sandcastle – you need a wider base and then it needs to get thought to date back to the 11th century, Dr. narrower as it goes up so that it doesn’t colEugenia Cheng now claims to have the final lapse or drip.” word with a mathematical formula which is a victory for the Cornish. Thank goodness I have been teaching this correctly over the years!!!! The math expert believes that the trick is to build the scones like sandcastles so they can So until then; here’s to tea, be eaten without caving in and covering you in jam! Dr. Cheng, a senior lecturer who often Brenda uses food to explain complicated math, broke down the cream tea into its three key elements: Remember: “Tea is liquid wisdom.” ~Anonymous scones, cream and jam. Find Brenda’s Delicious Recipes by clicking here.

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Featured Artist Rhonda Towns Rhonda’s love for music goes back to when she was a little girl singing in the church choir where her father was the Pastor at the tender age of four years old. Old southern hymns and upbeat contemporary country gospel songs were always heard from the choir stand on Sunday mornings. Rhonda, who is affectionately nicknamed Sissy, would entertain her classmates with songs from church at school in the gym when it was too cold or rainy to go outside and on the school bus on the ride home after school. Classmates would always beg Rhonda to sing another song. Rhonda won her first talent shows at her elementary school for two consecutive years in the school’s talent competition. Rhonda drew attention from a local country music television show that invited Rhonda to become a regular talent. After serious family discussions and careful consideration, the decision was made to decline the offer as her mother and father decided Rhonda was too young to begin a music career. Her education was paramount and Rhonda concentrated on school.

The daughter of Reverend James and Mrs. Eula Towns, Rhonda is no stranger to Country Music. Rhonda made her debut as a country music singer on Ed McMahon’s Star Search as a champion female country music artist. “I was loving and singing to country music when country music was really not too popular. I just loved country music because it sounded so much like what I grew up with in church”.

Rhonda was very active and involved in church and school activities. She participated in public speaking, volleyball, track and field, student body government, cheerleading, and of course the school choir. Rhonda attended college and pursued vocal training. Rhonda became a valued member of the university gospel choir. Rhonda’s musical influences are Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, and Vince Gill. “Reba has such strength and power in her voice. Patsy was soulful, bluesy, and had a unique country sound. She was way before her time. Loretta Lynn has an authentic sweet country voice I truly believe is an extension of her personality. Dolly Parton is the most amazing female country music singer songwriter of all times. Of all these remarkable entertainers, Rhonda will tell you that her mother has made the biggest impression on her life and her career. “My mother is my earthly spiritual partner. She has guided me through almost every challenge in my life and in the pursuit of my dreams. Her motto is ‘There is no such thing as can’t and if they can do it, you can do it, too’.”

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Plenty More……. Rhonda immediately started establishing herself within the country music community in Nashville as a country music artist after appearing on Ed McMahon’s Star Search. She soon after attracted the attention of producer Norro Wilson (Kenny Chesney/Reba McEntire/Sara Evans/Shania Twain) after sending in a demo of cover tunes to the A&R Department of Mercury Records. “Shannon Scott (at that time Shannon Finnigan) set up a meeting for me with Norro Wilson. My husband and I took my karaoke box with us to the meeting and Norro told me to go back home and send him a demo. My husband immediately said, ‘wait a minute we flew all the way from Phoenix, Arizona, she’s going to sing for you right now’ So he took the karaoke box out of the suitcase, set it up and I performed for Norro “A Picture of Me Without You”.

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label head Harold Shedd to refer her to a radio music promoter who would help market her music to country music radio stations to get her song heard on country music radio. Her gut feelings proved to be right and Rhonda received very warm and welcoming response from her first release “I Wanna Be Loved By You”. The doubt and skepticism had finally been broken. In April 2006 she followed up with a second release from her album song titled “Somethin’ Better” written by Bo Allen which officially charted on the Music Row Panel. Rhonda Towns “Somethin’ Better” video also received strong video airplay in markets across the United States. Rhonda had truly initiated and helped to bridge the gap between age and color lines in country music since Charley Pride for women of color in the 21st Century.

All the hard work of finally launching Dawn Records and releasing two singles from her debut album Rhonda Towns “I He decided that he would produce the first four songs on me Wanna Be Loved By You” proved to be challenging and a including “Slow Rain”. I did not have to go back home and do ground breaking milestone for Rhonda in the genre of country that demo for him after all” music. Since the early 1980’s there had been no other woman Rhonda soon after appeared on “Today’s Country” with Crook of color since Ruby Falls to get radio airplay on country music ‘n’ Chase, Good Morning Atlanta, Good Morning Arizona, Son- radio stations. There are many groundbreaking accomplishoran Living/Channel 15, Fox 10 News/Phoenix, Arizona, “First ments that Rhonda has achieved as a true pioneer in the country music industry which cannot go unnoticed. Her determinaAnnual Black Country Music Show” in Atlanta, Georgia, The tion, faith and drive has inspired and attracted many others of Famous Bluebird Caf, Douglas Corner, and Caf Milano while appearing on shows for the Black Country Music Association in color to pursue music careers in the country music industry as Nashville. Soon numerous featured mainstream media articles she continues her pursuit and career in country music. were written about Rhonda’s undeniable talent. In 2000 Challenges and personal life experiences caused Rhonda to reRhonda made her debut appearance in Zurich as a headliner at move herself from the music industry scene. After almost an the “16th Annual International Concert of Switzerland” foleighteen month break Rhonda was inspired by music director lowed by her national appearance and performance on the BET Michael Sexton WCOK Sparta, North Carolina to release her Network. This officially made her the first female African next single “Slow Rain”. American Country Music Artist to debut in Switzerland and the Rhonda had not intended to release another single from this BET Network. album. “The single is timeless traditional country music and Rhonda attracted the attention of Jim Cotton who has since was released “by request”. I’d really been concentrating on my passed away (Billy Ray Cyrus, Alabama, Montgomery Gentry) next project and I had no set plans to officially release another and Harold Shedd (Alabama, Toby Keith, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sha- single from this album. nia Twain). Jim Cotton and Harold Shedd produced five songs Rhonda also gives back to her community by supporting the together for Rhonda before he died. Rhonda was inspired by Martina McBride one day around Christmas time to finish the founding local chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, Save the Family Foundation of Arizona, and Operation Homealbum when she heard Martina singing “O Holy Night” a cappella on the radio. “I had nine songs by three amazing produc- front of Arizona by hosting a yearly concert for these foundations which are dear to her heart. ers. I thought to myself. I learned to sing without music That’ how I’m going to finish this album So I called producer Billy Music has been a part of Rhonda’s life as far as she can rememWilliams (Lyle Lovett) and asked him to help me lay one track ber. Even though her journey has been challenging in country for “The Lord’s Prayer” just me singing a cappella. The album music, she still believes that hard work, honesty and values will was finished”. Rhonda decided to officially launch her own in- always shine through and the rewards for that will be fulfilling. dependent country music label called Dawn Records right from her house in Arizona. In June of 2005 with not much knowledge of how to secure radio airplay, Rhonda used herself as the “guinea pig” to see if country music radio stations would play her song on the radio. She asked her friend and mentor, producer, icon and former Published by Discover the Region.com, llc™ Print & Digital www.discovertheregion.com Copyright 2013


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