Always true to her roots, Fearrington delivers with authenticity and warmth, whether she’s covering Roberta Flack’s hit song “Killing Me Softly,” interpreting jazz standards like “The Very Thought of You,” “Dearly Beloved” and “Too Close for Comfort,” delving into gospel on Thomas Dorsey’s “Precious Lord” or performing her original “This Moment’s Sweetness,” the lovely title track of her 2012 debut CD.
A popular singer on the Philadelphia scene, Rhenda Fearrington brings rare soulfulness and heartfelt emotion to her originals and jazz standards that registers with listeners. A one-time backup singer for Roberta Flack who also toured with the funk and soul group Mtume, Fearrington spent years as a commercial jingle single and 15 years performing for schools across the Mid-Atlantic with her “Feel Sooo Good Tour,” a motivational program that focuses on building children’s self-esteem. A savvy veteran, she knows how to tell a story from the bandstand. When interpreting the Great American Songbook, she is mindful of keeping it fresh each time out. “I hear something different every time I re-visit a song I’ve performed before,” she says. “I can’t sing any song the same way twice. I like to try different phrasing without losing the story or the melody.” Her advice to other singers: “Tell me a story so I’ll believe it!”