Bonner Black began her life on stage as a classical ballerina. She danced as senior member of the Academy of Classic Arts in Huntsville, Alabama and won scholarships to dance with the Eglevsky Ballet in NYC along with several other prestigious professional companies.
She began recreationally learning to play guitar at home from YouTube at 12 years old. Two years later she had written over 50 songs and asked her parents if they might let her take vocal lessons in Nashville. After her second lesson, her vocal coach sent her to NSAI to nurture her songwriting. Bart Herbison, director of NSAI, immediately took interest and became her biggest champion. A year later she resigned from the ballet company and began writing with hit-makers such as Philip White, Will Rambeaux, Danny Wells, and recorded a country/pop album produced by Danny Wells.
The next year she recorded her second album produced by Will Rambeaux. She began taking frequent trips to Washington D.C with Bart Herbison working on legislative reform for creators, played for dozens of Senators and Congress members, and sat on a congressional panel with the Recording Academy at 16 years old.
In 2012, at 17 years old, she moved into her first apartment in Nashville and found work as a karaoke hostess at Lonnie’s Karaoke Bar in Printers Alley. She continued to write with top industry writers and played multiple shows at the Blue Bird Cafe, gained a residency at The Listening Room, and performed at other renowned Nashville venues as well as touring the southeast.
In 2013 she met Bluegrass artist/writer Katie Mae Smith and in 2014 they formed Renegade Country duo, Little Honey. Over the next two years they recorded and released several songs and toured the southeast opening for the likes of Charlie Daniels, The Band Perry, Mel Tillis, Lee Greenwood and Shooter Jennings until 2016.
Bonner then reestablished her solo career and began writing by herself, rejecting more and more cowrites. At the end of that year she was asked to perform at the Time Center in New York City by The Oxford Center of Entrepreneurs where she won the Artist Entrepreneur award for her work.
Bonner independently released her single, “Someone New”, produced by Americana producer Evan Seiling, on June 21st 2017. Singles, “Sell Me on California”, and “Nothing To It” followed in September 2017 and March 1st 2018. Bonner is now primarily the sole writer of all of her songs, a rarity for most Nashville based acts. Her music is a combination of authentic southern roots, fluid pop melodies, and poetic yet conversational lyrics. She is currently playing with her band and recording new projects coming in 2019.