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Ralna English, one of America’s most versatile singers, performs more than 125-days-a-year throughout the U.S. and Canada. She appears with Symphony Orchestras from
Arizonato Florida, in showrooms from Atlantic Cityto Las Vegas, and on stages from San Diegoto . Ralna’s great diversity of music includes jazz, blues, gospel, country, pop, patriotic and songs from the ‘30s and ‘40’s. Ralna’s been a favorite on television’s “ New York Welk Show” since 1969 and more than 3 million people continue to watch her on TV each week. Ralna’s own PBS national TV special, “Ralna English: From My Heart” premiered March 2007 and featured her performing with a 75-piece philharmonic orchestra and philharmonic gospel choir, in a one-hour TV special. Ralna has appeared internationally on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” and in the Lawrence on “The Today Show,” “ABC World News” and QVC. U.S.
Ralna’s website, (www.ralnaenglish.com) receives more than 300,000 hits per month and her CDs, released on her own independent label, sell throughout the
U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Ralna is a singer for all ages.____________________________________________________
Ralna English was raised in Spur, Texas, a "suburb" of Lubbock. She began her professional singing career with a junior high school rock 'n roll band and appeared on local television shows and public events. While attending Texas Tech University, Ralna was chosen to perform at Six Flags Over Texas in Dallas. While there, she was spotted by a record company executive and for the next two-and-a-half-years, Ralna sang jingles during the day and performed six-nights-a-week in nightclubs.
Her career then took her to Los Angeles where she performed at "The Horn" in Santa Monica with other regulars such as Jim Nabors, Jack Jones, Vikki Carr and Steve Martin. She also performed in Las Vegas and in Lake Tahoe. Her own U.S.O. tour took her to Japan, the Philippines, Okinawa, Taiwan and Thailand.
In 1969, Ralna became a national television star on The Lawrence Welk Show. She's appeared on numerous TV game shows and telethons, the Disney Channel, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. In 1987, The Lawrence Welk Show went from syndication to public television where it currently is celebrating 50 years on national television and continues to be the #1 rated syndicated weekly series with more than 3 million weekly viewers.
Ralna has starred with other members from The Lawrence Welk Show in 15 national TV specials including Lawrence Welk: Milestones & Memories, one of the three most-successful fundraising specials ever aired on public television! In March 2003, Ralna starred in Lawrence Welk: God Bless America, which became the second most-successful Welk TV special on PBS. In March 2005, Ralna also starred in the PBS gospel and inspirational music hit, Lawrence Welk Precious Memories.
Ralna tours from coast-to-coast, performing with symphony orchestras, at civic centers, state fairs, senior expos and in showrooms in Connecticut, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno and Lake Tahoe. She especially enjoyed being the opening act for "Mr. Warmth" Don Rickles, in Las Vegas, and at Merv Griffin's Resorts International in Atlantic City. She has also performed with Doc Severinson at Phoenix Symphony Hall and with Doc and the Tonight Show Band at the Sun Dome. Ralna has also been a popular guest performer in Branson, Missouri.
Along with her former husband and singing partner Guy Hovis, Ralna was honored by the Gospel Music Association with a nomination for the prestigious Dove Award for her recording of "How Great Thou Art." In recognition of her musical accomplishments, Ralna has an honored place on the "Buddy Holly Walk of Fame", along with other west Texans, such as Mac Davis, Jimmy Dean, and Waylon Jennings.
Ralna's first solo recording, "Always," was released on her own independent label, as well as her second recording "Amazing Grace," a collection of gospel and spiritual songs." Her CD, "My Favorite Love Songs" features big band hits from the '30s and '40s, and her latest CD, "My God, My Country" features patriotic and inspirational songs. Ralna also recently recorded a Christmas CD titled, "Merry Christmas, Love Ralna." Ralna's music is sold through her website (www.ralnaenglish.com), on Amazon.com, in independent gift shops in the U.S. and Canada, and through music catalogs distributed throughout the world.
When not on a stage or in a recording studio, Ralna likes to enjoy time with her daughter, Julie, relax with a good book, or engage in a game of tennis. Because she enjoys giving back some of the blessings that have come her way, her schedule also includes numerous charity appearances, including a performance at the Crystal Cathedral in California.