Bonnie McKee just tweeted that sheâ€™s in New York shopping for record deals. Hereâ€™s why you should care:
At the age of 16, the self-described wild childâ€™s big voice and startlingly self-assured songwriting chops ignited a fierce bidding war between Interscope and Warner Brothers. After eventually signing with Warner, Bonnieâ€™s debut LP, Trouble, was released in 2004. It was a radio-friendly collection of provocative yet polished pop-rock, but â€” mismanaged and mismarketed to an oversaturated public â€” the album failed to make a commercial splash.
It wasnâ€™t until Bonnie was dropped by Warner that her songwriting career really kicked into gear, after her friendship with Katy Perry (who Bonnie met in a Los Angeles thrift store) led Bonnie to begin collaborating with hitmaker Dr. Luke.
With Luke and a handful of other famous friends, Bonnie co-wrote â€œCalifornia Gurls,â€ â€œTeenage Dream,â€ and upcoming single â€œLast Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)â€ for Katyâ€™s sophomore effort â€” as well as â€œDynamiteâ€ by Taio Cruz and â€œHold It Against Me,â€ â€œInside Out,â€ and â€œHow I Rollâ€ for Britneyâ€™s Femme Fatale. (Reportedly, sheâ€™s also penned tracks for Kelly Clarksonâ€™s upcoming fifth album.)
Between the confessional intimacy of her early work (especially â€œSomebodyâ€ and â€œSensitive Subject Matterâ€ from Trouble) and the infectious giddiness of her recent tracks with Luke, Max Martin, and Bloodshy & Avant, itâ€™s obvious that Bonnieâ€™s a force to be reckoned with as a writer. But sheâ€™s also a powerful vocalist entitled to far more than the limited exposure sheâ€™s received so far as a recording artist.
The most gifted songwriters can stumble on their way to the spotlight â€” Ester Deanâ€™s anticlimactic solo career comes to mind â€” but Bonnieâ€™s one artist whose comeback will be fully earned. As far as Iâ€™m concerned, anyone responsible for writing the hook on â€œTeenage Dreamâ€ deserves my full attention.