Gospel Artist, Bonita Burney Simmons Aims to Help Heal America with New Song, America Bless God!
Updated: Feb 1, 2022
Hi Bonita! Thank you for your time. What's your story?
I was born in Stamford, Ct. and raised in Kinston, N.C. I did not start with music, it somehow started with me. It (music) was always there since I was three. My parents noticed that I was singing with the radio unable to talk clearly but could mimic the sounds from the radio.
What was the most memorable moment in your music career?
To date, the most memorable moment in my music career was being the musical guest in Kassel Germany for the Voices United Concert. (Invited by New Bern, Craven County native, Jeffrey Staten)
What was your most challenging moment?
My most challenging moment was my first performance after my father died on July 15, 2018.
Who are your musical influences?
Too many to name, but I’ll try. They are,
Tramaine Hawkins, Dolly Pardon, Lorretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Kenny Rogers, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Mary J. Blige, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Shirley Caesar, Vicki Winans, CeCe Winans, Luther Barnes, Debra Barnes, Le’andria Johnson, Mary Mary, Tamala Mann, Andrae Crouch, The Winans, Jennifer Hudson, Gospel Keynotes, Jackson Southernaires, John P. Kee, Yolanda Adams and Fantasia.
If you could do a duet and or have someone, write a song for you from your favorite artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
*Tramaine Hawkins and/or Marvin Winans.
What is the last song you’ve listened to by another artist and who are your present favorites?
(One Thing by Marvin Sapp) My present favorites are Bonita Burney Simmons, Cece Winans, Tamala Mann, Todd Dulaney, Vivian Jamison Hargett, Le’Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence.
What was your most embarrassing moment while at a live performance or interview?
Live performance at Bethel in Kannapolis, N.C. 2015/2016 I forgot the opening lyrics to a song that I wrote (re-arranged) But I had time to go to my car and listen to it before I had to sing it.
How many singles/albums do you have out presently and are there any projects in the works?
4 full albums, 3 singles, and 1 live album to be released any day now.
What are your either weird habits or traditions before performing live or recording?
Yes. Consecration. Something's still comes through fasting and praying. (No T.V social media, early morning prayer and realignment with what God has spoken and declaring His will over my life)
What advice would you like to give to an upcoming artist?
Be true to the you that God has called! Be the authentic you. Take notes of those that you admire, study your craft, but never allow yourself to be boxed in! Be consistent in your love for God. Love God, serve God, and be confident in knowing being called and chosen by God requires allowing Him to guide you; trust Him and follow! Don’t be anxious for the stage, God is preparing you for a Platform!