NHTE 176 Bonnie Paul

A singer/songwriter who is a voting Grammy member and co-wrote the song “Childhood Sweethearts” with Randy Travis. She toured with Johnny Rodriguez as a kid and worked with some of the biggest names in country music, such as Waylon Jennings, Tom T. Hall, and Mickey Newbury. She grew up in a show biz family and was a child actress and still acts today. She even has a romantic comedy playing on Amazon.

Show Quotes: 

“I’ve been singing my whole life, since I was a little girl, but I only tapped into songwriting and melodies only when Randy Travis gave me the idea… I personally love writing (by) myself.  I love the feeling of coming up with the melodies and the lyrics myself… It’s almost like when I’m doing my five-mile jog and I’m done, it’s ‘Wow, I did it.’  It’s just that feeling of feeling so good and proud that, ‘Hey, I didn’t need anyone to write with me.  This is my own story.’”

“My mom was a casting director – she discovered Michelle Pfeiffer – (and) my brothers are producers.”

“I grew up in New York as a little girl and my parents would drive, we would drive cross country – to, either we’d go to Florida or we’d go to Los Angeles – and they had the country music station on.  And, I always would hear it, at the truck stops, and it just took to me and I would sing and I loved it.  It was just something I loved.  Ever since I was about six years old I loved country music.  So I think it’s just in me.”

“I was able to submit… my songs for Grammy consideration last year… You don’t vote for yourself, obviously, and I would never do that, but I love being a part of the Grammys.  I love it, I love voting also ‘cause you get to see your peers and to root for everybody else.”

“I’m singing and, I’ll never forget, Waylon (Jennings) said, ‘Wow, this little blonde has a big voice.’  I just never forgot that.”

“If you have the producers (in California) and the great musicians you can do a great song.  It doesn’t matter where you live, if you have it – a studio – and you’ve got the song, you can do it here.”

“I gave up my career when I got married at a young age.  So, I gave up my country music.  But, I never really lost it because my family was in entertainment.  And I always kept the music because, you know, you never really lose it when you have it within your heart and your soul.”

Songs on this episode: 

“Is There More to Life Than This”
“I Still Think About You Everyday, Merle”