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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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 : 0              Total Reviews: 23

Bonnie Bishop  03/03/2006            
El Hombre
The woman has the voice of an angel and has a stage presence / appearance that is very appealing. The total package. Maybe the next Bonnie Raitt. Go see her live and buy the CDs, you will be amazed.
Bonnie Bishop  03/03/2006            
What a great CD! Bluesy, Soulful, Excellent.... definetly pick it up.... listen to the sound clips, if you need to be convinced- every song is fabulous.
Bonnie Bishop  01/16/2006            
Dave Davis
Flew in late to in Corpus Christi Thursday night and went looking for a beer and burger. Found the beer and also found Bonnie Bishop and her band. What a great sound, what an expressive voice and of course, no one sings a song like like a songwriter. I was shocked at my good luck finding this band and this CD. I have at least 10 "favorite" songs on this CD alone.
Bonnie Bishop  10/31/2005            
Leslie T Travis
I got a burned copy of the new CD from Bonnie last week. Wow! "Soft to the Touch" is by far the best new CD out there. I know, I work with a lot of hard core honky tonk bands both in the booking agency and at KILT. And I became a fan of Bonnie's because of her earlier real country sound. This departure to a bluesier, more mature sound is exactly where she needs to be headed. Her voice demands this sound. BUY THIS CD! SEE HER SHOWS!
Bonnie Bishop  10/21/2005            
I can't stop listening.
Bonnie Bishop  10/14/2005            
The voice of an angel is returning with a new album. A it different from her debut album, but it'sabout time for some new music. I predict "Soft to the Touch" to be another great effort.
Bonnie Bishop  10/04/2005            
Bonnie Bishop is AWESOME! I saw her open at Stoney's release party at Billy Bob's. she was so great, I bought the cd there and we listened to it all the way back to New Braunfels. Cant wait for the new cd!
Bonnie Bishop  07/21/2005            
It only takes one performance and you're hooked. Bonnie has a true talent not only for singing but also for writing songs that touch your soul. And after getting to know her personally, she's definitely deserving of the best life can bring her, personally and professionally.
Bonnie Bishop  12/28/2004            
Lubbock fan
You blew me away girl!! I was so impressed with your voice and that band is great too!!! We saw you at Jake's and I was glad that we did! We were there to see Shane Rogers and your CD made its way home with me and hasn't left my cd player since!!! Godd luck with everything in the new year!!
Bonnie Bishop  09/27/2004            
Bonnie has a powerful singing voice with perfect pitch, plus the energy and charisma to win over just about any listener. Another great example of how much musical talent we have here in Texas. I saw her live at Hill's in Austin and couldn't believe how good she sounded.
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