Bonnie Anderson (singer)

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Bonnie Anderson
Bonnie Anderson 2013.jpg
Background information
Born (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 26)[1]
Melbourne
OriginAustralia
GenresPop, dance
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2007–present
Labels
Websitebonnieandersonmusic.com

Bonnie Anderson (born 5 September 1994) is a singer-songwriter and actress from Australia. She was the first winner of reality TV show Australia's Got Talent in 2007 at age 12. She released her debut single "Raise the Bar" in 2013.[2] Anderson joined the cast of Neighbours in 2018 playing Bea Nilsson. In September 2020 she won the second season of The Masked Singer Australia.

Career[edit]

2007–2012: Australia's Got Talent[edit]

Anderson first came to attention in 2007 when she auditioned for first season of Australia's Got Talent at age 12. Her audition song was "Fire and Rain" and had the entire audience standing up and applauding.[3] Anderson later said "To be honest, when I auditioned for Australia's Got Talent I did not know what I was in for. A lady who asked me to audition for the show approached me in my hometown at Christmas Carols I sang at every year. I wasn't worried about the audience, I was more excited to sing for the people. That was my dream from a very young age, and all I wanted to do."[3] In April 2007, Anderson was declared the winner and was offered recording and management contracts soon after to which Anderson declined and returned to school.[4] Anderson said "I had labels and management approaching me, but I wasn't ready to take that next step being so young."[3] The year after she won Australia's Got Talent, Anderson's parents bought her a guitar, which she immediately started learning to play.[4]

2012–2016: Music career[edit]

In 2012, Anderson was featured on a cover of "Gonna Make You Sweat" with fellow Australia's Got Talent allumni Justice Crew. It was the theme song to short-lived dance show Everybody Dance Now. On 8 November 2013, Anderson related her debut solo single "Raise the Bar" The song was written by Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci. The song peaked at number 55 on the ARIA Charts.

On 13 June 2014, Anderson released a new single, titled "Blackout".[5] Anderson incorporated a highly stylised look for the imagery in its music video, working with the 2013 ARIA Award winner for Best Video Director, Christopher Frey, and celebrity photographer Peter Brew-Bevan.[6] Anderson also toured around Australia with UK singer Olly Murs. The track became her first top 40 single and was certified gold in Australia. Anderson released "Rodeo" in 2014, the single has a country pop production compared to the electronic elements on "Blackout". "Rodeo" failed to chart and was quickly removed from iTunes.[7]

In July 2015, Anderson released "Unbroken".[8] The track was produced by Matt Rad (One Direction, Demi Lovato) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge.

In 2016, Anderson was featured in the "Leather Look" campaign for Maybelline.[9] The collaboration was marked by the release of Anderson's new single "The Ones I Love" in February.[10] Anderson explains, "'The Ones I Love' came from a dream I had...Dreams often trigger stories and songs for me to write about. This one in particular really shook me up, it felt so real! Losing someone you love would be the hardest thing to go through, it even hurts in your dreams, which made me realise how important it is to spend time with my loved ones. This song means so much to me and I hope it resonates with others as well. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it." The song became her first charting on the US Dance chart.

2016–2018: Musical theatre and acting[edit]

In November 2016, Anderson made her musical theatre debut in Godspell Reimagined.[11] Anderson said "I'm always trying to do different things. I thought I'd give it a shot. It's a pretty wild experience learning the script. I've done a bit of acting before, but doing it for a stage musical is a whole other thing."[12]

In early 2018, Anderson joined the cast of television soap opera Neighbours as Bea Nilsson.[13] She signed a two-year contract and her first scenes aired on 18 May 2018.[14] In 2019, Anderson received a nomination for the Logie Award for Most Popular New Talent.[15]

2019–present: Return to music[edit]

On 14 February 2019, Anderson released five promotional cover versions recorded from Neighbours. A sixth, "Amazing Grace", was released on 7 March.

In April 2019, Anderson signed a new deal with BMG Music Australia to release "Sorry", her first single in three years.[16] The song was released in association with Fremantle Australia, the production company for Neighbours, and featured on the program as performed by her character.[16] Anderson wrote the song in 2016 and said, "The message throughout 'Sorry' is about standing up and saying enough is enough. It's about accepting the fact that we all experience different walks of life and we may end up in places we're not proud of, but we should never regret where we come from and what we've been through."[17]

Anderson appeared on Britain's Got Talent: The Champions (August–September 2019), alongside other participants from Got Talent shows.[18] She was eliminated in Preliminary 4 on 22 September.[19] She also released single "Never Be the One" in August 2019, saying it was about "not always being perfect".[20] From 25 March 2020, Anderson's version of the Neighbours theme song began airing over the serial's opening credits.[21]

In 2020, Anderson participated in the second season of The Masked Singer Australia as "Bushranger" and eventually went on to win the show.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson dated Dean Ray until 2014, and then Reece Mastin.[23] She is the goddaughter of world boxing champion Lionel Rose.[24]

Charity work[edit]

Anderson is a passionate supporter of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation[25] and is also a Tip for Change ambassador.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart
positions
Certifications Album
AUS
[26]
US Dance
[27]
2012 "Gonna Make You Sweat"
(Justice Crew featuring Bonnie Anderson)
Non-album singles
2013 "Raise the Bar"[28] 55
2014 "Blackout" 24
"Rodeo"
2015 "Unbroken" 63
2016 "The Ones I Love"[30] 43
2019 "Sorry"[31]
"Never Be the One"[32]

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles
Title Year
"Oh Holy Night"[33] 2019
"Just for Now"[34]
"I'll Be There"[35]
"I Say a Little Prayer"[36]
"All of Me"[37]
"Amazing Grace"[38]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2019 Logie Awards Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent Neighbours Nominated [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Bonnie (5 September 2020). "Not much has changed... just the number! 26 TODAY!". Instagram. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Bonnie Anderson". The Music Network. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Harrigan, Davis (21 May 2014). "Raising the bar with Bonnie Anderson". upstart.net.au. Upstart.
  4. ^ a b ""I'D BE IN MATHS WRITING SONGS," COOL NEW AUSTRALIAN POP PERSON BONNIE ANDERSON TOLD US". ProjectU. 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Blackout -single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q8RHxowIdE
  7. ^ "HERE IS 15 SECONDS OF BONNIE ANDERSON'S NEW SINGLE 'UNBROKEN'". Project U. July 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  8. ^ popmusicvideos (29 July 2015), Bonnie Anderson – Unbroken, retrieved 4 May 2018
  9. ^ Maybelline New York Australia (17 February 2016), Rock the Leather Look with Bonnie Anderson x Maybelline behind the scenes., retrieved 4 May 2018
  10. ^ bonnieandersonVEVO (25 February 2016), Bonnie Anderson – The Ones I Love, retrieved 4 May 2018
  11. ^ Arts Centre Melbourne (6 October 2016), Godspell Reimagined, Bonnie Anderson Sings Day by Day, retrieved 4 May 2018
  12. ^ "Bonnie Anderson makes her musical debut in Godspell Reimagined". The Weekly Review. 17 October 2016. Archived from the original on 27 June 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Singer Bonnie Anderson joins cast of FMA's Network Ten soap Neighbours". MediaWeek. May 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  14. ^ Bryne, Fiona (5 May 2018). "Neighbours welcomes Bonnie new favourite". Herald Sun. Retrieved 5 May 2018.(subscription required)
  15. ^ a b Burke, Tina (26 May 2019). "The full list of nominees for the 2019 TV WEEK Logie Awards". TV Week. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Bonnie Anderson inks global deal with BMG & drops new bop "Sorry"". The Music Network. 8 April 2019. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Bonnie Anderson's so not "Sorry"". auspOp. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  18. ^ Knox, David (27 July 2019). "Bonnie Anderson to compete on Britain's Got Talent: The Champions". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  19. ^ Woodcock, Zara (22 September 2019). "Neighbours star Bonnie Anderson stuns viewers on BGT: The Champions". Metro News. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  20. ^ "Bonnie Anderson opens up on court fears". Herald Sun. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.(subscription required)
  21. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (21 March 2020). "Neighbours announces a big change to the soap's iconic theme tune". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  22. ^ Whitehead, Mat (14 September 2020). "Bonnie Anderson's Bushranger Wins The Masked Singer Australia 2020". 10 Play. ViacomCBS ANZ. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  23. ^ Vought, Yasmin (10 December 2015). "Finally moving on. Reece Mastin confirms romance with pop star Bonnie Anderson". Nine.com.au. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  24. ^ "Lionel Rose an 'inspiration for many'". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  25. ^ "Starry Starry Night 2016". www.amf.org.au. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Discography Bonnie Anderson". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  27. ^ "Discography Bonnie Anderson US". Billboard. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  28. ^ [1] Archived 12 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Bigpond Music
  29. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  30. ^ "The Ones I Love – single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  31. ^ "Sorry – single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  32. ^ "Never Be the One – single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  33. ^ "Oh Holy Night from the TV Show Neighbours". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  34. ^ "Just for Now from the TV Show Neighbours". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  35. ^ "I'll Be There from the TV Show Neighbours". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  36. ^ "I Saw a Little Prayer from the TV Show Neighbours". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  37. ^ "All of Me – Live at Lassiters". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  38. ^ "Amazing Grace from the TV Show Neighbours". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2019.

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