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Rhanda Johnson was born and raised on Big Sky sunshine in the small northwestern Montana town once named Wild Horse Plains— now simply called, Plains. As a young child attending a neighborhood church Rhanda was inspired by gospel music. It was in that nearby church that she first performed publicly— singing and playing the piano. There also she found herself chiming in to those oldtime hymns with harmonies that she just couldn't hold back. Still, throwing on a harmony is one of her joys in life. While in high school, Rhanda toured Europe with America's Youth in Concert Choir. During that time she also turned her hand and heart to songwriting which inspired her to pursue and complete a music degree at Montana State University in Bozeman. Rhanda enjoyed performing musical theater in college and later in Community Theater in Sanders County, Montana. Her leading roles included Sally Bowles in Cabaret; Suzanna in The Marriage of Figaro; Dormalina, the mean stepmother and her twin wicked witch sister, Desdemona in Hansel and Gretal; and Stiltskalina, in the female version of Rumplestiltskin. After college she started traveling and out of necessity and passion, taught herself to play the guitar. This skill enabled her to blossom as a songwriter and later become an award winner at the Northwest U.S. District Songwriters Contest. Wanting to give back to her community when settled in Paradise, MT— Rhanda produced and performed in several benefit concerts for the Sanders County Coalition for Families. After raising two daughters, Sarisa and Alia, the time was right for her to spread her wings and produce her first CD of folk tunes— a personal and well rounded compilation of some of her favorite originals. Rhanda enjoys hiking, talking, beach walking, porch-sitting and eating, some preferably simultaneously. These days, Rhanda’s soul is best expressed in her music and best lived out by being a spiritual director. Her musical influences include Karen Carpenter, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, K.T. Oslin, and Ella Fitzgerald. In addition to having two daughters, Rhanda has one grandson, Avery. She envisions that her next CD will be a compilation of original children's songs written for him.