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A native of Eugene, Oregon, Bonham began singing at age 5, playing the violin at 9, and piano at age 14. After attending The University of Southern California in violin performance and studying jazz vocals at Berklee College of Music, she started her own band and began writing songs. She proved to be a quick study; Her 1996 major label debut, The Burdens of Being Upright (Island), went gold, spawning the hit single “Mother Mother”, and lead to a pair of Grammy nominations for Best Female Vocalist and Best Alternative Rock Performance. Bonham has released two subsequent LP records with two EPs and has toured the world many times. She has appeared on TV shows such as The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Late Late with Craig Fergusson, among others. Tracy has also appeared as guest vocalist / violinist with artists such as Blue Man Group, Juliana Hatfield, Ron Sexsmith, Aerosmith, Wayfaring Strangers, Latin Playboys, NoBlues from the Netherlands, Soulwax from Belgium, Mark Oliver Everet of The Eels, and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin.
Her newest release, on deck for spring 2010, is called Masts of Manhattan. This record is self produced, mixed by Tchad Blake (Tom Waits, Los Lobos, Lisa Germano) and features Brooklyn artist Smokey's Roundup (www.Smokeyhormel.com) as her backing band. It has a raw energy with a melodic and harmonic richness that surpasses anything she's ever done before. Her lyrics are as witty as ever, while achieving an honesty that's not unfamiliar to Bonham's previous works.
Tracy also teaches violin / piano and string arranges in Brooklyn, NY.
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