Bonnie Bishop








Bonnie Bishop
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Bonnie Bishop grew up in Texas far from the honky tonks and hay rides of country music in suburban Houston, the daughter of native Texans who raised her on the soulful melodies of Aretha Franklin and the likes of Motown. She trained to be an opera singer throughout high school, but graduated from college with a degree in sociology and a plan to somehow make a living doing music her own way. After meeting up with her long-time guitar player and friend Rob Albertson, she began making her way across the state playing her original tunes for anyone who would listen and anywhere that she was able to get booked. Now with a couple years experience under her belt, a more finely-tuned focus, and a new CD on the horizon, this young singer is poised to make a huge impact on the hearts of music lovers in Texas and beyond. Though having just been in the music scene for a short time, already Bonnie has shared bills with many established artists such as Radney Foster, Kevin Fowler, Bruce Robison, and Lyle Lovett, and currently plays numerous well-known venues and festivals including Robert Earl Keen's 4th of July Uprising, Larry Joe Taylor's Annual Festival, the Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas, and Austin's legendary Saxon Pub. While hard work and rich blessing have largely paved the road for her accomplishments thus far, it is the music itself and the dynamics of a very talented and loyal band that have earned Bonnie a place of respect in the music community. Called an "exciting and energetic group to watch" by the Bryan Eagle, Bonnie's band consists of six players, including electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, violin, and three part harmonies, and ranges in style from bluesy rock to Americana and country. The music reflects the versatility of its lead singer's songwriting and expansive vocal range, which makes it unique to the Texas music scene and appealing to a wide demographic of listeners. In a recent review, long time radio owner Ronnie Whitcher wrote that Bonnie "has one of those voices that seems to go wherever she wants to take it, and she takes it from a sweet whisper to rafter-shaking force at times...." In addition to her full band shows, Bonnie and co-writer Albertson also play acoustically in listening rooms statewide, which is rewarding because it allows them to be more personal with the audience and show off not only the power of Bonnie's voice but the intimacy of it as well. In 2003 Bonnie's first single "Send Me a Cowboy" released to country radio statewide and met with moderate success, reaching the top ten on both the Texas Music Chart as well as the Progressive Music Chart. Proving to be a dynamic and hard-working young businesswoman, Bonnie says she drove over 30,000 miles visiting radio stations alone to personally promote her music and to better understand Texas radio and its fans. Now with the August 31 release of her first full-length album entitled Long Way Home, Bonnie plans to win over a new radio audience with the same old-fashioned, door-to-door marketing she relied on before. With the new CD, she has expanded her focus to include Americana and college radio in addition to the country stations that have showed her support thus far, as the album is a very diverse collection of original music and appeals to several different genres. Already the new single "Sweet on the Down Low" is receiving airplay in nearly every market across the state and just recently began climbing the Texas Music Chart after just two weeks in rotation. One of the things that grabs people about the CD is the intimacy of Bonnie's songwriting, nearly all of which comes from personal experience. "Bonnie's music is straight from the heart," said Pam Shane of Shane Media about the new album, "it's for music lovers." It is from this audience that Bonnie hopes to win fans and earn the kind of loyalty that builds long-term musical success like that of Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett and would enable her to continue to grow in her uniqueness as a singer/songwriter.
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09/10/2009 - AMERICANA SINGER BONNIE BISHOP HELPS KYBECCA PATRONS CHILL WITH INTIMATE PERFORM - Read More
04/02/2009 - Soulful songwriter plays SXSE at Myrtle Beach Train Depot - Read More
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06/14/2007 - Bonnie Bishop finds the blues calling her name on new material  - Read More
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Average Rating : 4.9              Total Reviews: 23


Bonnie Bishop  08/19/2009            
John Roemer
Best news of the year - she's America's great undiscovered voice. I have thousands of discs, mostly country, and her music ranks with the the top stylists. She's not strictly country, but that's irrelevant when you're this good.
Bonnie Bishop  07/30/2009            
Kevin
Got an early copy of this CD and I really like it! Bonnie has a new sound...mixture of country and blues. It works really well for her. If you liked her older albums, you'll like this one.
Bonnie Bishop  05/31/2008            
sade's sancho
I love this girl like for real. No bs this girl can sing!! One of the best live shows around! A true performer. You get your moneys worth with bb. Rock Gently!
Bonnie Bishop  02/17/2007            
si
i cant wait to see her at grahams night club
Bonnie Bishop  10/26/2006            
Coach
If you have not seen Bonnie Bishop or should I say HEARD her -you should find the time .Powerful vocalist with great variety and range . Female artists with her talent and ability to carry a show solo are difficult to find . She will not be playing as an opening act or at small venues for long in my opinion -she is THAT good. Only saw her at Firewater once -but plan to see her again SOON. SOULFUL and memorable . There is one Bonnie in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -you never know -there is room for two.
Bonnie Bishop  10/05/2006            
Jose m
Fabulosa, lastima que no llegue a Europa
Bonnie Bishop  06/16/2006            
CFlo
I was introduced to the Bonnie Bishop Band for the first time in March. I've been hooked ever since... There's not a bad song on this album... In fact, my favorite song is #11-- a real rocker called "Tear My Stillhouse Down"... that could easily be a hit on the radio. I just can't say how talented and gracious this woman is... and she's got some kickass red boots. There's room for the ladies in Texas music-- and Bonnie Bishop is the evidence needed.
Bonnie Bishop  05/13/2006            
Kellie
"Soft to the Touch" is one of the best albums I've ever heard. With a variety of songs all full of emotion and heart! This girl has got it all-she's got a beautiful, original voice, an amazing stage presence and her music is full of heart and soul! See her in person if you get a chance-she will NOT dissapoint. Bonnie is going straight to the top!
Bonnie Bishop  03/28/2006            
Tracylyn
Heard her for the first time at the Suuanne Music Fest this week-end. Never even listened to this kind of music before and this girl has got me hooked!! Beautiful voice!!
Bonnie Bishop  03/06/2006            
jb
Caught BB at the White Elephant 3/5. She lit up the room just walking in the back door (even set off car alarms). Very relaxed set. Great voice, some very fine songs, great support from the guys (who are clever themselves). Enjoyed the witty repartee. The small crowd made a good choice skipping the Oscars. I've watched a whole lotta Texas singers since '71 and she's one that will hit it big. Just look out for the Orange Push-ups.
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