How oona do? (Gullah Geechee for “How are you?”)
I’m a Singer/Songwriter/Writer/Performer. My creative and performance energies for more than 30 years have filled many with cultural appreciation and celebration and also encouragement and joy!
For my original songs, writings, performances, and presentations, I’ve been recognized as a cultural preservationist. If you in any way have found meaning, understanding, \or Aha!-moments about Gullah Geechee culture or heritage through any of my efforts,
I am deeply honored!
I’m about making a difference.
Using that “big voice” that I’ve had
since I was a young boy leading spirituals and gospel songs
in my St. Helena Island, SC, community.
Making listeners feel the lyrics and not just hear them.
Writing and performing songs with stories that are keen and piercing
and sometimes jes plain jokey (or rather, fun).
I am a recipient of the 1996 South Carolina Order of the Palmetto,
the State’s highest honor;
the 1997 State of South Carolina Folk Heritage Award,
given for lifetime achievement and excellence in folk art that has enriched the lives of the people in their community and state;
1998 Daytime Emmy Award nominee and presenter;
the 2007 South Carolina African American Heritage Commission’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and an inductee in the 2013 Penn Center 1862 Circle.
In addition to singing and songwriting, I enjoy speed walking and baking “Mr. Ron’s Gullahlicious Pound Cakes” (Share a slice…if you can!).