|Birth name Nina Ferraro|
Labels Independent record label
|Name Nina Ferraro|
Years active 2009 - Present
|Born April 3, 1995 (age 20)Racine, Wisconsin (1995-04-03) |
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Keyboard, Bass
Albums Rift into the Secret of Things
Genres Alternative rock, Indie rock
An interview with singer songwriter bonzie
BONZIE (born Nina Ferraro) is an American singer/songwriter and musician. She has been compared to a "young Chan Marshall," and described as a "wunderkind" by Spin magazine. BONZIE has performed nationwide, including a show at SXSW described by the New York Times as "riveting".
- An interview with singer songwriter bonzie
- Bonzie how do you find yourself love live
Bonzie how do you find yourself love live
In the year 2010, BONZIE released her debut EP, The Promise, as Nina Ferraro, and began using the stage name BONZIE shortly thereafter. In a 2013 interview with the Chicago Tribune, she explained her decision. "There was something about it that felt egotistical to me, and music was never that sort of pursuit. BONZIE feels a lot better to go under, not only because it's a pseudonym, but also because it doesn't subscribe to a language. There isn't a conventional definition of BONZIE, and it's more something where I can become its meaning."
BONZIE co-produced her first full-length album, Rift Into The Secret Of Things, which was released in August 2013. It was preceded by the single "Data Blockers," which premiered on Spin.com, It was followed by a second single "Felix," which features The Milk Carton Kids' Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale. The album’s title was inspired by a passage from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.
In 2016, BONZIE released a double single, "As The Surface Rose" via Under The Radar, who said it "conjures an emotive vacuum where BONZIE's voice and piano keys hover and haunt."
This was soon followed by another double single, entitled "How Do You Find Yourself, Love?," a 7" vinyl that premiered on BrooklynVegan. It is described as a companion piece to "As The Surface Rose."
The live-to-track, "How Do You Find Yourself, Love?," was recorded by Steve Albini, and includes instrumental B-side "Back to an Insurmountable wall", which was produced and performed by BONZIE, and recorded by Tortoise member John McEntire. "As The Surface Rose" was backed by a lyric-free B-side,"Half Full."
She has opened for Iron & Wine and toured with Cayucas.
BONZIE released the second full-length album called Zone on Nine in May 2017. The album was fully written and produced by Ferraro herself, and co-produced with Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Conor Oberst) and Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, Youth Lagoon).
The album was released to critical acclaim, namely two front-page articles in The Chicago Tribune by the top music critic Greg Kot who called Zone on Nine "Stunning". Kot also wrote "BONZIE has shown a consistent refusal to be pinned down to a genre or simplified descriptions of the kind of music she makes." Other reviews included VICE who wrote "Her intricately layered music taps into personal connections — the relationship you have with yourself, the connection between the body and the mind... [it has a] gorgeous sonic palette that's hard to pinpoint but instantly alluring". Paste Magazine wrote about the album ""The way certain notes bend on the Chicago songwriter’s latest tune only draw you in closer as you wonder 'What’s that sound?'".
A music video for the song "Crescent" shortly followed, featuring BONZIE nude in bodypaint depicting an AI investigating the mind.