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 or for more details on her life and career check out You can find Petrella’s history at


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.

Concert Calendar 

Jan 26, 2020, Sun. 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Merrill Gardens, 1220 Suey Rd., Santa Maria, CA

Apr. 5, 2020, Sun. 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Pear Valley, 4900 Union Rd.. Paso Robles, CA 

Apr 19th, 2020, Sun 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Merrill Gardens, 1220 Suey Rd, Santa Maria, CA

May 3, 2020, Sun. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - The Rose Music Venue, Union St., Pasadena, CA,  "OPENING FOR THE SPINNERS" 

May 30, 2020, Sat. 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Walnut Public Library, 21155 La Puenta Rd., Walnut, CA  

Jul 10, 2020, Fri. 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Pali Wines, 116 E. Yanonali St., Santa Barbara, CA

Jul 19, 2020, Sun. 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Merrill Gardens, 1220 Suey Rd., Santa Maria, CA

Sep 4, 2020, Fri. 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Pear Valley, 4900 Union Rd., Paso Robles, CA

Oct 18, 2020, Sun 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Merrill Gardens, 1220 Suey Rd., Santa Maria, CA 






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