Bonnie Bishop on Songwriting: Episode #6

Bonnie Bishop started her career as a country rock singer-songwriter from Texas. After arriving in Nashville, Bishop began writing and performing. She received awards and recognition and In 2012, Bishop's idol Bonnie Raitt recorded her song "Not Cause I Wanted To" The album went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album in 2013 . With all this success Bishop was hitting the road hard playing 200 dates a year. After a grueling 14 years of touring and after taking an extended break from her career in music, award-winning producer David Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson) signed her to her first record deal at the age of 36. Convinced Bishop should be singing soul music he told her that he wanted to make a Muscle Shoals-type album on a female. And that's exactly what they did with her latest's 'Ain't Who I Was' 

Advice from Bonnie about songwriting?

"Try and say something as honestly and directly as possible. I never write something to sing that I would never say in regular conversation" 

-Bonnie Bishop

Photo by Jason Wickens

Photo by Jason Wickens

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