calling her a powerhouse doesn’t do her justice. Her raw energy on
stage and passionate vocals defy definition. She eases you in and once
she has your full attention, in short, she delivers the vocal version of
the Full Monty. Her shows leave you feeling fired up and ready for more.
as long as she could remember, Lucy had a passion for music. Everything
in sight was a potential instrument. If it could make noise, she had to
play it. “If someone had put a ukulele in front of me, I would have
tried to play it.” Bonilla jokes. As Lucy’s passion for music
continued to grow and she began teaching herself to play a wide variety
of instruments including drums, percussion and guitar. During a gig she
took a break on the drums and sang one song. Lucy had discovered a brand
new instrument. Using her voice opened up a world of possibilities.
Through songwriting, she could explore sound but also her own personal
thoughts, a variety of emotions and the goings on in the world around
first release “Something Out Of Nothing” was a well-received 5-track
EP featuring a sweet mix of folk, funk, soulful R&B and blues. The
CD was produced by Bob Stander, guitarist for the Platters. He
often said "How do you do those things with your voice?" The
album received glowing reviews and was on the top 30 college charts with
two songs. Tony Visconti (David Bowie producer) once called Bonilla
after he’d gotten a hold of tape from a performance she did in
Nashville. He said "man... I haven't heard a voice like that
in years... you've really got something special". The track
“Bitter Sweet” was the 1st song that Lucy connected with
and got the album rolling. It was a solid track and it made her think,
“Wow this is a good song, I can do something with it.” The public
agreed with her.
“Something Out Of Nothing” had a definite bluesy quality, her
upcoming release, crosses fully over into the genre. In the past, the
songwriting process has been slow for Bonilla, but this project flowed
out of her the fastest it ever has. Lucy credits that flow to her full
shift to blues. She’s found her zone and everything just clicked into
place. The album features Paul Ossolo on bass (G.E.Smith Band &
Buddy Guy) and was co-written by Matt Marshak (CD101.9 / Absolut Vodka
2003 Best New Artist).
music is colored by the world around her and she writes about what she
sees, hears and feels. “Her Prayer Is Her Song” is about a homeless
woman singing for money on the NYC trains. For “Karma”, Bonilla drew
from personal experience. The song was inspired by everyone that has
ever taken advantage of Bonilla, or someone she knew. “We've all met
too many people that just don't respect life, people” The message is
simple, “one day its gonna come back to you”. On the track “Good
Thang” Lucy has some fun and lets us see her sensual side.
she’s delivered to audiences to date has been nothing short of
astounding and Lucy Bonilla hopes to keep listeners on the edge of their
seats for many years to come.