Saturday, March 25, 2017

Ep 44 - Song 8: "Speak to Me" by Bonne Finken

“A beautiful spitfire, (Bonne) projects a girl-​power vibe that seems unintentional, a feat for which many strive for and fail. Finken’s voice is her greatest strength. A close second is her massive stage presence.”
- Mary Buck - The Des Moines Music Coalition

"A vocalist at heart... Bonne Finken has become a true "musical warrior" by immersing herself into a decade's worth of studio recording/production and live performance.

"Learning composition by ear, Bonne writes her own rock/powerpop/electronic music and continuously changes the scope of what's possible for both her local music scene and for independent solo artists...

"Known for her versatile talent, Finken also put together a beautiful live show that ranks among the most popular in the region - featuring not only her magnetic stage presence but vibrant visual designs and a live band that is filled with the state's most seasoned professional musicians."
- from her home page

"To hear her sing, you’d never know Bonne Finken was once a shy, small-town-Iowa girl. Her confident, passionate vocals demand the attention she used to studiously avoid...

"She doesn’t strive to achieve anyone else’s mold, which is apparent in her remarkably versatile voice that allows her to transcend genres effortlessly. One moment, she’s making your heart race with a take-no-prisoners approach to a slice of driving, R&B-tinged pop. The next, she’s melting your heart with a soul-inspired ballad. Finken even has the capability to carry a down-and-dirty, loud rocker. The fact that her vocal delivery has been compared to both the soulful croon of Annie Lennox and to the legendary wail of Janis Joplin is a testament to her impressive adaptability.

"Finken’s love of singing was instilled by her father when she was a child in Knoxville, Iowa. A victorious battle with cancer at the age of 24 added fuel to her burning musical passion. Re-evaluating her priorities, Finken realized, 'The only thing I’ve ever wanted my whole life was to sing.' She cut her teeth as a performer in local karaoke competitions and as a vocalist-for-hire in various cover bands. But her days of singing other people’s material were numbered. Finken emerged from her cancer scare with the confidence to begin composing her own songs, which soon poured forth in abundance...

"That fearlessness and desire to remain true to herself and music continually wins her new followers each time she performs and every time her recordings are heard. Finken’s propensity for musical growth and her incomparable work ethic promise refreshing and exhilarating musical experiences for years to come. Stay tuned for her next move — the only predictable aspect of which is a phenomenal lead vocal performance." - from her Facebook page

Written and arranged by Bonne Finken
Vocals, Organ and Synth Programming: Bonne Finken
Electronic Drums and Bass Programming: Glenn Sawyer
Bass Guitar: Jon Locker
Strings: Travis Rollins and Elle Rollins
Drums: Jay LaBella

Produced by Glenn Sawyer, Rich Veltrop and Bonne Finken
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at The Spot Studios in Lakewood, Colorado

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