Influences: I have many influences musically, but the main influence for my writing is people I meet and join alongside in conversation. Everybody has a story, and I find stories exciting, heart breaking, beautiful, real. As of late, I have been listening to The Wailin' Jennys, Mindy Smith, Bonnie Raitt, chick singers basically. I don't doubt that my songs will end up having a similar feel to some of these women. My goal this year is to complete all 14 songs (only happened once in six years so far) within the month AND actually record a decent demo at my pal's studio.
I have been making a living with only jobs in music for over a decade by teaching, church work (music director, paid singer), and performing medleys at a local outdoor history attraction in period clothing.
I have joined up with several local musicians to perform with them or record in a few different studios nearby as an instrumentalist, singer, and arranger. I was hired as a "producer" and writer for a project involving the Michigan Children's Law Center a few years back. One of the attorneys had compiled several songs he had written (lyrics only) that told stories of the children he has represented in foster care over the years. The cd is a project to raise money for kids in foster care. For more information: http://www.miclc.org/cd-book.
I have experienced great moments in my musical career, such as performing at the Smithsonian for three presidential inaugural balls with a vocal jazz group, playing with a big band in St. Thomas, USVI, playing for a national gathering of "disabled" kids (they would prove to you how able they are!), been a mentor at a Rock and Roll Camp (with some friends on here!), and singing with an entire symphonic band as a guest soloist, which I will have the pleasure of doing again in April. I have also had the opportunity to see many of my students perform in community and school musicals and talent shows, perform at local coffee houses and recitals, and compete and win trophies in regional and national level music competitions.
Happy FAWM 2018!!
Hi Bonnie. Happy Fawming!
Hope to hear your fantastic voice again this year.
Bonnie, hope to see you (here and in real life) this year.
Hi Bonnie, welcome back!
Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018!
Hey! Hope you'll be back for FAWM 2018! Love your music. 😀