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A fixture on Nashville’s indie singersongwriter scene... - Rolling Stone Alyssa Bonagura was only three weeks old when she began touring. Guess you could say she was seriously into the band, or as she called them, Mom and Dad. Growing up on the open roads of America, with her RCA country recording artists parents, Baillie & The Boys, made it impossible for Alyssa to not witness the power and magic of music.
By spending most of her childhood touring, never being in the same city longer than a few days, and growing up without siblings, Alyssa transformed herself into a young musical prodigy always pickin’ on a guitar and scribbling phrases into potential tunes. Years of touring and learning from people along the way lead to performing Christmas duets, as a child, with Kenny Rogers, and writing Top Country Billboard songs in her 20s. She has also performed at Glastonbury, Knowsley Hall, Bonnaroo, Sundance, and most recently, the CMC Festival in Australia. Alyssa’s soulful music and powerful lyrics will send you jet-setting into a broad range of human emotions.
Her incredibly unique experiences abroad inspired her debut album, The English Diaries, which she wrote while attending Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for the
Performing Arts. She toured Europe playing intimate, acoustic collections of songs she recorded alone in her flat before eventually performing privately for the Queen and rocking out with Ringo Starr.
When she left London to return to Nashville, Alyssa released her sophomore album, Love Hard, signed a publishing deal, and landed one of the biggest nationwide commercial placements of 2012 with her song, “I Make My Own Sunshine”. It was featured in a Lowe’s commercial, earning it 50,000 downloads and more than 1 million
plays on Spotify. She had no idea at the time that her song would later appear on Steven Tyler’s first-ever solo album, We’re All Somebody From Somewhere and that
she would be the only solo writer on the album.
Alyssa’s many other accomplishments in the singer/songwriter community include:
Writing with Jeffrey Steele, Hunter Hayes, and JD Souther, writing three songs on Jessie James Decker’s album “Comin’ Home” and co-writing her current country single,
“Lights Down Low”, winning Canadian songwriter of the year and song of the year for the song “I Only Smoke When I Drink” by the Small Town Pistols, co-writing “Circles” on Jana Kramer’s newest album “Thirty One” and also “This Christmas” with her, her dad, and Matthew and Gunnar Nelson hitting #17 on the Billboard Hot AC chart. She also had three #1 hits in Australia with Morgan Evans and Chelsea Basham.
Her music is on a steady climb to the top of charts encouraging all who listen to live boldly and to continue making their own sunshine wherever the road takes them.