Bonnie McKee Biography
Bonnie McKee was born in Vacaville, California. She began singing at age 3, and was a classically trained pianist at age 7. After relocating to Seattle, Washington, she became a member of the Seattle Girls Choir Prime Voci at age 12, and toured throughout North America and Europe. She recorded two albums with the choir, including Jackson Berkey Meets The Seattle Girls' Choir and Cantate 2000. She briefly attended The Bush School, where she spent a week in a recording studio with her classmates. A few songs from this recording session became the initial demos for her first EP, including the song "When It All Comes Down."
By age 15, Mckee was writing songs and performing in the Seattle area. A friend helped get her EP to Nic Harcourt, a popular Disc jockey in Los Angeles and host of KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic". He helped spark a major record label bidding war after playing the song "Somebody" on his radio program for several weeks. After signing a recording contract with Reprise Records at age 16, she moved to Los Angeles to begin work on her debut album with producer Rob Cavallo.
Trouble was commercially released on September 28, 2004. McKee performed the single "Somebody" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", and the song was featured in the motion picture "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" The music video for "Somebody" was directed by Wayne Isham, and was featured on MTV's "Buzzworthy," and VH1's "You Oughta Know." Trouble received positive reviews in Blender, Nylon, The Los Angeles Times, and Teen People.
2006–2011: Songwriting and acting roles
Following her release from Reprise Records, McKee spent many hours in the recording studio, learning how to use Pro Tools and crafting new songs. She also focused on acting, landing a role in the motion picture "August Rush," and appearing on the television series' "CSI: NY" and "American Dreams" In 2011, she appeared as a guest judge on Bravo's "Platinum Hit" with hosts Kara Dioguardi and Jewel
In 2009, McKee was introduced to music producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, by her manager Josh Abraham. Gottwald had collaborated with McKee's longtime friend Katy Perry on her debut album One of the Boys. They (along with Max Martin and Benny Blanco) began writing songs together, ultimately producing the hits that would appear on Perry's second album, the worldwide multi-platinum, Teenage Dream. The singles "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream" and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)" each topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold millions of copies around the world. They also helped McKee earn BMI Pop Awards in 2011 and 2012 for her role as a songwriter. Other successful collaborations between McKee, Gottwald and Martin include Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me," Taio Cruz's "Dynamite," and Katy Perry's singles from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, "Wide Awake" and "Part of Me."
2012–present: Songwriting and second studio album
In the past year, McKee co-wrote two songs that appeared on Adam Lambert's album Trespassing, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. She also appeared as a featured performer on "Thunder" from Rusko's album Songs, released on Mad Decent. As a songwriter, she has collaborated Christina Aguilera, Kesha, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kylie Minogue, Cody Simpson, Rita Ora, and others. McKee recently signed a recording contract as a solo artist with Epic Records, and is currently at work on her second studio album. She has garnered recent attention for her fashion sense, appearing on E! Entertainment Television's "Fashion Police," and gracing the pages of the New York Times, New York Post, and Schön! Magazine.