Petrella, First Lady of Country-Soul Honored as 2018 HistoryMaker The HistoryMakers of Chicago, the Nation’s largest
African American Video Oral History Archive, which is housed permanently at the Library of Congress’ Reading Room has
included Petrella, The First Lady of Country Soul, a Hot Springs, AR native, in their 2018 HistoryMakers. The HistoryMakers
choose individuals who are true examples of leadership and whose stories are those of perseverance, success and achievement
often in face of great odds. The 2018 HistoryMakers included Vanessa Williams, Bobby Rush, the Hon. Lottie Shackelford, Barry
Sanders, Hon. Susan Rice, Franklin Raines plus many others. Recorded at the Museum of African-American Technology in Oakland,
CA the 4 hour oral interview covers Petrella’s years growing up in Hot Springs, AR., her educational history, her occupational
history, her philanthropic history as well as her history as a country music singer/songwriter for 30 years. This history
includes the release of seven studio albums from which a number of her songs have appeared on the Top 100 Country Singles
charts. In March 13, 1993 the music Trade Magazine Cashbox featured her on the cover and her single "I Found Somebody"
placed her as the #1 Indie at #53 on Cash Box Top 100 Country Singles and #14 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales. Petrella
is currently performing up and down the coast of California with her band “Mixed Influence”. You can catch up
with Petrella at www.countrysoultrain.com or for more details on her life and career check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrella_Ann_Bonner.
You can find Petrella’s history at http://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/petrella-pollefeyt
African-American Woman Honored by Country Music Hall of Fame Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum presented
Hot Springs, AR native, Petrella, “The First Lady of Country Soul” with a Certificate of Appreciation for her
donation to the Museum collection and for her broader contributions to country music, and also for her generous Dreams of
the Heartland Foundation gift that made a scholarship opportunity possible at the Museum. Artifacts from her 30 year career
in country music including video media, recorded sound media, several wardrobe items, the cover of Cashbox Magazine, and documents
from her career were donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Her 2015 Dreams of the Heartland gift was an early
encouragement for engaging minority interns with the Museum’s work. Based on that encouragement the Hall of Fame and
Museum will soon offer a paid internship program that will be available to minority students on a recurring basis. The 2015
grant was a catalyst for this new opportunity.
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