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Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 begins...

First off - I have to proudly say the Iowa Public Televisions documentary, FarmHer, won the 2016 regional Emmy® for Best Cultural Documentary and I received an actual, physical Emmy® Award for Original Score (you can check out the trailer with a clip of the theme song HERE) I was notified of the win via email last fall - which came completely out of the blue.  The award arrived in January and made it feel much more real - and my father is building a case for it right now.  I considered asking that he build it twice as large as needed so that I'm ultra motivated to try for that ever elusive Grammy....

I also am back home from Nashville where I've been recording drums with bandmate Russ Tomlinson and the always talented, and self-appointed drum snob, Matt Sepanic

I can't wait to get back - but for now.....focus is on rehearsing for three shows in Austin, TX during SXSW/Music week.  

For anyone in the area - I have (3) 45 minutes showcases in Austin this week:

Friday, March 17th at 7pm - San Jac's (lower level)
Saturday, March 18th at 5pm - San Jac's (upper lounge)
Saturday, March 18th at 11pm - Touché 

I'll be joined by bandmate, Christine Steeples, and we have a special electroduo version of the show ready to go...since I'm a true indie solo artist and have yet to figure out how to fit all 8 banmates into one gas-friendly vehicle and one hotel room <3 cough="" needasponsor="" span="">

After that the band (full band - woo hoo!) heads to NYC for reasons I'll go into on another day/post.

As always - I hope you have much love and music in your life - thanks for tuning in....


P.S.  I went blonde.....  =)

Friday, December 2, 2016

New Years Eve - 2016

La Poste is an elegant, historic building hidden in the cozy town of Perry, Iowa.  The space was built in 1913 to serve as the town’s first Post Office.  It now serves as a spacious venue with wood and marble floors allowing for an intimate musical environment, fantastic dance floor, and a kitchen for delicious catered food.  La Poste has a full service bar on both floors and will have food for sale on the upper level  *All Ages Show*

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Beth Hart

In 2006 I was introduced to the incredible Beth Hart by auditioning for a disco band – as random as that is ha.  

Before recording my first album in 2008 – actually, for the four years prior to that – I sang for three different cover bands.  The first was a Classic & Modern Rock cover band.  Lots of CCR, Tom Petty and Janis Joplin.  The third was a Top 40 Pop and R&B cover band.  Kelly Clarkson, Mary J Blige and Black Eyed Peas.  

The middle one was the disco band.

Insecure as could be – I had only ever sang rock songs at that point and I was auditioning to front a band that played songs I literally had never heard before (i.e. Jive Talkin’ and Disco Inferno, etc. etc.).

After I sang – the guitar player noted to the drummer ‘She sounds like Beth Hart’.  
I had not heard of Beth at that point - and had no idea if that was a good or a bad thing.  

I went home and discovered Beth Hart and that will always and forever be the best compliment I’ve ever received.  Even though I don't sound just like her ha....but I get why the line was drawn.

I became not only an instant fan of her voice and power and emotional rawness – but she helped me embrace my own voice & vibrato – even when - in years to come - I would be told that much vibrato didn’t belong in rock music.  (Obviously – you can see I get comments from very stupid people sometimes).  

She’s been in my top 5 of artists to see live – I rarely get to the coasts where she usually plays in the US - so it's been hard to see her in concert.  But...I get to see/hear her tonight  …  Ahhhhh!!!  SO. EXCITED!!  I haven't been this pumped for a concert since Simon & Garfunkle in Chicago.  

Here is a sample of her live on a DVD I’ve seen probably around 40 times now.  Check her out =))

Friday, August 12, 2016

Speak To Me - New Single

Hello and Happy Friday!

Three Main Emotions Right Now:

I'm EXCITED that 'Speak To Me' is now available for the world to hear.

I'm THANKFUL that - despite my not being Justin Timberlake or Taylor Swift - Des Moines' Top 40 station STAR 102.5 debuted the song this morning - HUGE Thank You to Kurt, Ken and Colleen and I'm sure to the Programming Manager at the station =)  I'm praying someday being played on a Top 40 station is due to the fact my song is actually in the Top 40 on the billboard charts.

Nothing like aiming for the moon - eh.

Here are some pics from this morning: 

And I'm SCARED haha.  Scared that the bullies of the music world will be mean to my songbaby.
But luckily all the other emotions trump this one.

Wait...actually....four emotions - GRATEFUL I didn't have to sing - as the bags/lines on my face will show I didn't get much sleep this week.

So in a nutshell - I'm excited, thankful and scared.
Aww, the beauty/horror of being an artist.  But I wouldn't trade it for the world.


Here is the link to BUY 'SPEAK TO ME' FOR 99 CENTS

I get 50 of those pennies each time it's downloaded so helping spread the world is mucho appreciato.

And now it's time to celebrate: 


All the love in my body ~ Bonne

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

BolderBeat - Article

THANK YOU to Jura D. and BolderBeat for taking the time to talk to me about the upcoming video.

Des Moines singer/songwriter Bonne Finken is no stranger to the music game. A professional vocalist since 2005 and a cancer survivor, she has made quite the name for herself locally and nationally. She has released two albums (Soul on Display;Fairytales/LoveAffairs) with numerous hit singles, and is about to release her upcoming single and music video "Speak to Me" this Friday, August 12th.

Bonne recorded the single with producers Glenn Sawyer and Rich Veltrop of The Spot Studios in Denver, CO. "Speak to Me" is the first song from Finken’s upcoming album, set to be unveiled in full this winter. It is a powerful electronic dance tune, but like much of Bonne’s music, the thought and work put into it make it so much more than just a catchy song.

"Speak to Me" is a personal statement about transition, growth, and resilience, and how those themes have influenced Finken’s writing. Bonne is known for challenging her skills and taking her craft to another level. Over the last ten years, Bonne’s music has been shaped by her constant thirst for knowledge, and her desire to be more involved in the process. She storyboarded, directed, edited, and starred in the video for “Speak to Me” herself, truly making it a representation of her in every way.
Watch Bonne Finken’s teaser for her upcoming music video “Speak to Me”:

"It’s very meta," Bonne shared, "it’s very much how my music started off. I used to ask people who knew better to work on the technical parts. But I’ve learned now the only way to get exactly what you want is to do it yourself. So on top of knowing the music in and out, I learned the editing, production, recording, and directing aspects.”
The music video took five weeks to film, with only one hour each day acceptable for the type of lighting needed for the video. While she learned a few lighting tricks of the trade, Bonne channeled her fierce passion and commitment to the music by insisting her team use the natural light instead. While this project was still a collaboration of creative talent, working with a skeleton crew of producers Jon Locker and Mike Ray, "Speak to Me" is Bonne’s transformation into an even more multi-faceted artist.
The music video for "Speak to Me" is its own entity, and not a direct correlation to the lyrics. Each convey a message of bravery, perseverance, and transformation, but are meant to be related to in different ways. Yet, no matter how you take it all in, the overlying message speaks to the struggle, the fears of failure, and the overwhelming need to keep moving forward no matter what. The video represents the song itself, as well as the hard work put into creating the video.

Bonne has already released a 15-second teaser for the "Speak to Me" music video. It’s been a totally hands-on process for Bonne so far, and she cannot wait to unveil what she’s been working on. Tune in to Bonne’s upcoming announcements by checking out herFacebookwebsite, and blog.
All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artist featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Friday, August 5, 2016


Only one week away…and my music baby ‘Speak To Me’ will be available (8/12).  *yaaaaaaa – puke – aaaaaay*

Here’s a quick glimpse:

I wrote this song after taking a four-month long break from writing.  I took the break not so much from the writing itself – but the emotional input/output of it.   

When I decided to let my brain go there again – specifically, when I decided I’d go ahead and make another album – and take on all the joy and frustration and debt and stress and beauty that comes with being an independent musical artist – I sat down and literally thought to myself “Okay world – here we go again…..speak to me”.  So the lyrics are very much about my need and search for real inspiration.

The music and video are about transition and ultimately - transformation.  

I have a tattoo on my arm that I got in 2007 when I decided to internally yell 'STOP' and pursue this thing I loved called music.  That symbol is African and means "I have the power to transform myself".  

I’ll leave it at that =)  The video will release online next Friday as well.

You can pre-order it oniTunes now or buy it next Friday.  Either way – your support, as always, is appreciated.

Much love + music,


Sunday, July 31, 2016

First Blog of 2016

Hello! So I’m horrible at blogging. I get that now and fully admit it. But now I’m going to try again. Because we’re nearing the end of our performance season and that always tends to lend more writing time for me. I always have lots to blog about – I just get too busy actually doing those things to write about them.

ANYWAYS – Hello – my name is Bonne and thanks for caring about my music enough to read this. I’m very excited about the music I’m working on now. I just wrapped a music video for my new single ‘Speak To Me’

It’s very much straight from my brain to your eyes/ears and I’m hoping you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it :)

‘Speak To Me’ releases 8/12/16 – you can Pre-Order it on iTunes NOW for just 99 pennies. I’ll continue to post as I work on songs and new projects, etc. One of the newest forms of my life shows is the ‘ElectronicDuo’ which exists largely in thanks or non-thanks to my learning way more than I ever really signed up to learn about recording technology.  I’m able to pre-program instruments I could only dream about having on stage with me…and between myself and my stage cohort, Christine, we are able to create a very full sounding performance with just the two of us, some laptops and keyboards, and our voices. It’s been very fulfilling for me – and I’m excited for what that means is in store. The sky is the limit – more than ever. So now I just hope my brain/creativity can keep up.

Cheers to reading/writing blogs again - I promise I'll be better at this.  For a while ;-)

Much love and music,