Gospel recording artist Ronaqua Annette Russell is a 13 year old tenth grade high school honor student in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She is the daughter of gospel recording artist and attorney Aquannette Chinnery ("Who Is Like Unto You?") and Senator Ronald E. Russell. Ronaqua is managed by Annette Chinnery (grandmother) also of St. Thomas. From the time Ronaqua could talk she has been able to sing. She used to sing with her brother Kamali. They sang Winans songs like true Winans. Ronaqua began singing publically at age 5. She began recording her CD "True Believer" when she was 11 years old and completed it at age 12. Within one year she was touring the mainland United States singing in New York; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Maryland; Las Vegas, Nevada; and California. In California, she was able to do an Apollo audition.
Ronaqua has appeared nearly 50 times in 2003 alone. She sings at churches, schools, weddings, banquets, funerals, malls, and sports events. Ronaqua has been one of the opening acts for many artists appearing in the Virgin Islands including Stitchie, Chevelle Franklyn, Keith Childress, Neville Peter, and the Dr. Bobby Jones/Miracle Man concert. She has also been an opening act for many local artists. She has a children's music ministry that appeals to all generations of believers and non-believers.
She has sung at several events for our top politicians including Governor Charles Turnbull's dignitary luncheon and events honoring our Delegate to Congress Dr. Donna Christiansen and local senators. She recently sang on TV for the cancer center telethon, which was a charitable event to benefit the Roy L. Schneider Hospital. She has sung at nearly every major hotel on St. Thomas and has sung also in the British Virgin Islands.
She is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a also a former girl scout and Civil Air Patrol member, as well as with the Future Business Leaders of America. Ronaqua is a member of both the Inspirational Expressions dance ministry and choir and also of the Melody Makers steel band, all of which are from Wesley Methodist Church of St. Thomas. In addition to being in the steel band, she has a separate solo ministry playing tenor pan outside of the group. She also belongs to her high school's adopt-a-spot program.
In addition to singing, Ronaqua has received many other awards and commendations including the first place, $500 prize for the Laws of Life Essay contest. In addition to being a singer, Ronaqua wants to become a pilot, marine biologist, or journalist. She loves to draw, paint, read, write, and swim.