Bonnie Bishop



Texas native, Grammy-winning songwriter Bonnie Bishop has been making music on the road almost her entire adult life. Raised in Houston, she graduated from the University Of Texas in Austin with a degree in Sociology and a minor in theater, planning to pursue musical theater after college. But when Austin piano player Riley Osborne took an interest in the young singer and helped her record her first demo of soul music in 1998, it forever changed her path. Osborne introduced Bishop to the local blues scene, where she got the fever for live music. After writing her first song by accident her senior year (inspired by a broken heart, of course) she fell in love with the songwriting process and began cutting her teeth onstage, playing her original music in bars, dancehalls, and honky tonks across Texas. She taught herself to play acoustic guitar and piano along the way, and landed her first publishing deal after six years on the road. After moving to Nashville in 2008, Bishop honed her skills as a songwriter under the tutelage of writers like Mike Reid, Lee Roy Parnell, Jimmy Wallace, and Al Anderson. In 2012, her songwriting dream came true when another Bonnie - Bonnie Raitt - recorded a song she and Anderson wrote (“Not Cause I Wanted To”) on her Slipstream album and won Bishop her first Grammy. Meanwhile, she continued touring around the country in a van, playing clubs and bars and opening shows for Texas artist Robert Earl Keen and bluesman Paul Thorn. After releasing her fifth independent album "Free" to little reaction, she decided to hang up the towel on her touring career. She was accepted to Sewanee University of the South and began working on her masters in creative writing, but it wasn’t long before Thirty Tigers CEO David Macias convinced her to come back to Music City. Macias had the idea to pair her with producer Dave Cobb, which turned out to be a winning combination. Ain’t Who I Was was a return to the music Bishop had grown up listening to: soul music. It received critical acclaim by the press, who called “the best album of 2016” and dubbed Bishop the “Queen of Country Soul,” catapulting the singer-songwriter out of obscurity. Since then, she has kept up a busy touring schedule in the U.S. and abroad but her Texas roots always draw her back to her home state, where she currently resides. She recently released House Sessions: Vol. 1, a collection of acoustic songs from her early catalogue, and her forthcoming full band project The Walk (produced by Steve Jordan) is set to release in the Fall of 2019. When she's not on the road, Bishop enjoys cooking, yoga, writing short stories, and working with Songwriting With Soldiers, a non-profit organization that pairs professional songwriters with veterans and active duty military and uses collaborative songwriting to build creativity, connections, and strengths.