Intro: Bonne Finken
Bonne Finken was born to sing, and has been a professional vocalist since 2005. But it took a battle with cancer to really get her in gear. Once she got the word from doctors saying she was cancer-free, she wasted no time, joining her first band only a few weeks later. With no previous musical training, Finken taught herself everything she knows today, learning by ear and writing her own music.
Finken has earned her share of accolades throughout the years. She quickly made a name for herself in Des Moines’ local scene as a voice-for-hire performing rock and disco covers for various bands, and writing hooks for a local hip hop act. As she began to discover herself as a songwriter, she was approached by the producers for the CBS reality show “Rock Star: Supernova.” While the offer included fronting a super group with heavy hitters such as Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Jason Newsted (Metallica), and Gilby Clarke (Guns ‘N’ Roses), she ultimately turned down the opportunity to focus on her original material.
Her 2009 independently released album Soul on Display landed her a spot at that year’s SXSW conference in Austin, TX. One year later, she was back in the studio and released her EP Expectation Fall in 2011. Expectation Fall’s immense success was the catalyst for the 150+ shows she performed at that year, including gigs at the Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Cellular’s World Food Festival and private functions for city and state leaders.
Finken released her third independent album Fairytales/Love Affairs in 2014. She collaborated with multi-platinum talents such as Brandon Darner (Slipknot, Imagine Dragons) and Michael Krompass (Smash Mouth, Nelly Furtado, Natasha Bedingfield) to create the album that inevitably earned her the title ‘Best Musician – 2014’ by Des Moines Cityview Magazine.
She changed the scope of the local scene when she became the first independent Iowa artist to receive regular rotation on the Top 40 radio station STAR 102.FM (KSTZ) with her lead single, “Step Back Baby.” In 2015, she followed up with a second showing on commercial radio via rock station LAZER 103.3 with her second single, ‘Fall’. Both singles, along with numerous tracks from “Fairytales/LoveAffairs”, have reached as high as #1 on AAA radio across the nation and have been featured on local commercials and national television shows (i.e. MTV’s The Real World: Skeletons – 2015). She was later hired to score a documentary for Iowa Public Television as well as write the theme song for the documentary “FarmHer.”
In 2016, Bonne recorded her upcoming album with electro-pop producers Glenn Sawyer and Rich Veltrop of The Spot Studios in Lakewood, CO. “Speak To Me,” the first single off the album, was released in the Fall, reaching thousands of views within hours of its debut. Finken’s fierce passion for and commitment to her music is only amplified by her magnetic stage presence and diverse musical talent. Her immense drive only continues to win fans over, and there will be much to look forward to in the future.