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Spirit Of Hope

Paragould, AR   

MEET OUR SONGWRITING SPECIALIST

Recording artist/singer/songwriter, Rhonda Gunn is Spirit Of Hope’s Creative Music Songwriting Specialist.

Rhonda has a unique blend of musical influences from her earthy Native American heritage, to her early soulful influence in Arkansas where she grew up.    Much of her highly acclaimed lyrics stem from her ability to paint a picture from life experiences.
Her first job in her music career was in the late 1980’s when she signed to Ronnie Milsap Music Publishing as a staff songwriter. Soon after that she signed a songwriting contract with Polygram International and landed her first record contract with Warner Brothers Records in Nashville Tennessee singing country music with two World Premier videos on CMT and TNN with veteran producer Paul Worley behind the production board.

In the early 90’s Rhonda began writing songs that reflected her Christian faith and vision and in 1995 she signed with an independent label Damascus Road Records and released her first Christian record produced by Billy Smiley (from the band Whiteheart) and Brian Lenox. The self-penned Forgiveness generated three number one records and five in the top five on the Christian charts – nearly unprecedented for a new independent label artist. Mercy River, the first single release from Forgiveness won Rhonda an ASCAP award for one of the most performed songs of 1997. Her second CD, I Wonder If was released in the spring of 1999 and topped the charts with two more number one records and five hit songs.

Rhonda has written songs for other artists including songs for Tanya Tucker, Rita Coolidge, Barbara Mandrell, Barbara Fairchild and Heirloom -just to name a few. 
‘When God Is Silent" was her first international release and produced a number one radio hit in South Africa for Rhonda in the spring of 2007.
Rhonda is founder of  Anaberdra Music Publishing and her radio program called "The Living Well " featuring a variety of Rhonda’s music and stories behind the songwriting.
Rhonda has written her first children’s book called "SEEDS" and spends much of her time when not touring, between Nashville, Tn and her home in northeast Arkansas    
 
  MUSIC THERAPY
" Songs of Life " as told thru Spirit of Hope
Creative writing sessions
A Universal Prescription for Healing of Mind, Body and
Spirit.
The health of the physical body is inextricably tied to our
emotional, mental and spiritual health. Music is a powerful
catalyst for healing because it touches the very core of
humanity.
Treating the Hidden Wounds:

Trauma occurs when an external threat overwhelms

a person’s coping resources. Trauma can result in
specific

manifestations of psychological or emotional distress,

and it can affect many aspects of the survivor’s life
over

time:  relationships,  ability to cope with stress,

physical health and overall well being.



 Creative healing sessions work with a variety of physical,
emotional, and psychological symptoms. Studies have shown
music therapy may even be a beneficial addition to the
health care of children with cancer by promoting social
interaction and cooperation.

Spirit of hope offers creative healing sessions as a healing
bridge for the victims who are experiencing discouragement,
depression and other battles caused by trauma.

HOW IT WORKS

The Spirit Of Hope music therapist designs healing sessions
for individuals that begin with a brief educational history
and hands on  introduction of acoustic instruments that are
offered to patients for exploring. Then other aspects of
music therapy are presented that include making music and
talking about how lyrics can promote imagination and healing
through music.

 As the patient becomes more comfortable and interested in
the session, they are incouraged to open up and talk about
what they are feeling and have opportunity to share their
own life story.

The music therapist then coloraborates with the patient
crafting a song inspired from the patients experiences and
feelings from their own words.

Each "songs of life" project offered by Spirit Of
Hope, will be a 10 song recording based from 10 different
individules stories. The songs are professionally recorded
and mastered by the Spirit of Hope  songwriter/recording
artist and made available for sale through cd and digital
download world wide.

Proceeds from the sales of each recorded project helps fund
the continuation of future creative healing sessions.


Spirit Of Hope offers sessions in places such as
hospitals, cancer centers, domestic abuse centers or
anywhere people can benefit from its calming or stimulating
effects. The patient does not need to have any musical
ability to benefit from music therapy…

just explore, express and enjoy!



… Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to

 the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to
everything.

 Plato



No Turning Back

Facilitating healing through music…one song at a time.

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Healing through Music

” Songs of Life ” as told thru Spirit of Hope
Creative writing sessions

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” Songs of Life ” as told thru Spirit of Hope
Creative writing sessions

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