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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,

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Live at the Temple Theater - March 28th

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for our encore performance at Des Moines' Temple Theater.

I have a few surprises that will be a one-time-only feature at this show - so I hope to see as many people there as possible =)

Front Row/Table Seats are limited and are on sale for $26.50 | Riser Seats are $15
Wine, Beer, Soda & Water are allowed in the theater and the show is open to ages 5+

Here is a video from our performance this past summer - when a technical glitch turned into a reason to pull out my favorite cover

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Voting is Open!


The Des Moines Partnership is putting together an Iowa Music Compilation and my song "Fall" is in the running. The CD will be distributed throughout music fairs and festivals, such as South by Southwest in Austin (which we will perform at twice this year!)

Please click HERE if you'd like to vote - you can choose up to three Iowa artists. Thanks so much for the support and please check back soon - I will make *another* announcement on Monday! Thank you - Bonne