Shelly Bonet

PEV presents a new face on the scene with this version of the XXQ's - a pint sized talent with a major league voice; the act known as Shelly Bonet.

Bonet is just beginning the quest to the national spotlight, but music runs in the front lady's veins - gaining valuable experience from a family of musicians. She says "What makes me stand out I guess is that i'm so tiny and my voice is so big… I always get a response because of that. Musically, I mix a lot of genres. It's definitely  soulful though." Shelly Bonet will be hitting up shows this upcoming spring and summer, so keep an eye out (don't forget about the upcoming new record, heading to store shelves shortly). There's more to get into, so read on for the answers to the XXQ's.

XXQs: Shelly Bonet

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How did you first get started in music?

Shelly Bonet (SB): My brother Shaun was already making records when I started so He helped me a lot in getting me out there.

PEV: How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

SB: What makes me stand out I guess is that i'm so tiny and my voice is so big…. I always get a response because of that.  Musically, I mix a lot of genres.  It's definitely  soulful though.  

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Shelly Bonet show?

SB: I sound like my records.  My shows are emotionally charged and powerful.   I try to give my all at my shows, so do the musicians who play with me.

PEV:  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you write a song?

SB: I tell myself  "This is going to be my best song yet!"

PEV: What is your creative process like?

SB: I don't have a formula for it… I have a notebook I carry everywhere with me that write ideas in.  When the music is right, the ideas flow, I have no need for the notebook, it's like magic.  

PEV:  What was the underlining inspiration for you?

SB: Life, my friends and family lives… My son Michael brings me a lot of inspiration too.  Things that everyone can relate too. 

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

SB: Sometimes I do.  It's a journey that I’m still on.  I'm just grateful for what I’ve accomplished so far and keep pushing forward!  You never know what's around the corner…

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

SB: I'm very shy.    

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

SB: I've always known that music would be my career.  There isn't a defining moment that I can remember.    

PEV:  What one word best describes Shelly Bonet?

SB: Human

PEV:  How is life for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

SB: As long as I’m able to make music I’m happy.     

PEV:  Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play?

SB: Koln, Germany, in the spring is beautiful.  I've been wanting to get back there.

PEV:  How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

SB: I come from a family of musicians so they are really supportive.  They love it.  We've always been very supportive of each others careers.  They have stuck with me through thick and thin. 

PEV:  What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?

SB: I haven't been home in years but whenever I’m with my brothers we usually invade a stage… We usually know someone in the band though...  It's always a lot of fun!

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time?

SB: You'd find me reading, sleeping or taking pictures.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

SB: Stevie Wonder, he's one of my favorite singer/songwriters.

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

SB: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.  The band rocks and Jason is one of the best lyricists I’ve heard in a long time.

PEV:  If you weren’t playing music now what do you think would be your career?

SB: I've never considered another career choice, i've always known it would be music.  I've never had a backup plan, I figured if I did have a back up plan that I wouldn't give 100% to my music.  I've paid for that choice, but I have no regrets.

PEV:  So, what is next for you?

SB: Hopefully a new record!  I'm actually writing it now!  I've got some festivals this Spring/Summer that I’m excited about. 

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