This week’s New Music Monday is someone you might not know, but whose work has been some of the most prolific pop songs of the decade this far. Bonnie McKee is an American pop singer/songwriter who used to hang out with Macklemore and his buds in Seattle before moving to Los Angeles with a record deal at 17. She was building a career in pop music behind her debut album, Trouble, before getting dropped and struggling to continue making it as a songwriter. That is before she started writing with Katy Perry, which led to a huge string of hits for Perry and other artists including “California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Dynamite” for Taio Cruz and “Hold It Against Me” for Britney Spears, among others. Since this new success as a songwriter, McKee has tried making the transition to being a full-fledged solo artist, but the process has been slow. She released the lead single, “American Girl”, with Epic Records, but had limited success with that single. McKee is now an independent artist and released an EP titled Bombastic, trying once again to achieve success as an artist.
Why is Bonnie McKee our New Music Monday?
She has written some of the best known songs of the decade and yet has been unable to translate that into popular success as a solo artist. Throughout this process, McKee has pumped out some of the most legendary songs of this decade and deserves to be well-known for her contributions to pop music. Her new EP, Bombastic, is an artistic statement from a person who was not satisfied just writing songs for other artists. This is an artist with the admirable goal of executing her vision and saying what she wants to say the way she wants to say it. Check out the playlist below to hear Bonnie’s work as an artist as well as some of her biggest hits as a songwriter.