Bonnie Leigh McKee was born on the 20th January 1984, in Vavaville, California USA, and is a singer and songwriter, best known to the world for co-writing hit songs “California Gurls”, “Roar”, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” among others, with singer Katy Perry. Her career started in 2002.
Have you ever wondered how rich Bonnie McKee is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that McKee`s net worth is as high as $30 million, an amount earned through her successful career in the entertainment industry. Apart from co-writing numerous hit singles, Bonnie has released one full length studio album “Trouble” (2004), which also increased her net worth.
Bonnie McKee Net Worth $30 Million
Bonnie actually grew up in Seattle, Washington, where she took her first steps towards music, with classical piano lessons, and was a part of the Seattle Girls Choir Prime Voci when she was 12, and even recorded two albums with the Choir – “Jackson Berkey Meets The Seattle Girls` Choir” and “Cantate”, both released in 2000. Also, she was on a tour with the choir, which included not just North America but Europe as well. Her mother had a significant influence on Bonnie`s career, by sending a demo CD to Jonathan Poneman, one of the founders of the Sup Pop record label, who was immediately stunned by Bonnie`s talents.
After that, Bonnie`s name started becoming known in the music world, primarily as a songwriter, and soon she was introduced to Colin Filkow, who signed her to Platinum Partners Artist Management in Beverly Hills. He then took her demo tape and sent it to several successful record labels, and in no time Bonnie signed a contract with Warner Bros Records. Two years later her debut and so far only album “Trouble” came out, produced by Bob Power and Rob Cavallo. Although the lead single “Somebody” became a huge hit, and whole album received positive critiques, the album failed commercially, which led to Bonnie`s use of drugs. She started working on her second album, but the problems intensified and the whole production was stopped, and she was released from the label.
After that, Bonnie lived in poverty without even hot water and her own mobile phone, but managed to get a job at Check Your Pulse, a publishing subsidiary of Pulse Recordings. She spent many hours in the studio, learning to use music tools and programs such as Pro Tools, and worked on songs with young stars Elliot Yamin and Leighton Meester.
Bonnie later met music producer Dr. Luke, who served as a songwriter for Katy Perry`s second album “One of the Boys”, and soon enough she became a part of Katy`s songwriting team, and would work on her third album “Teenage Dream”, released in 2010. Bonnie wrote and co-wrote the hits “California Gurls”, “Last Friday Night” (T.G.I.F)” and Teenage Dream” with Katy. Following the success of Perry`s whole album, Bonnie was soon sought by other artists, and wrote songs for Britney Spears “Hold it Against Me”, Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”, Cheryl “I Don`t Care” and for Rita Ora” How We Do (Party)”, among others.
In 2012 she was responsible for two of Adam Lambert`s 12 songs on the album “Trespassing”, “ “Cuckoo” and “Chokehold”.
Thanks to her success as a songwriter, Bonnie received a recording contract from Epic records, and released the single “American Girl” in 2013 and another song “Sleepwalker” the same year. She then again started working on her second studio album, but eventually left Epic Records due to creative differences. Instead, Bonnie released an EP entitled “Bombastic” through her own independent label.
Thanks to her skills, Bonnie has received eight BMI Pop Music Awards for co-writing songs, including “California Gurls”, “Dynamite”, “Teenage Dream”, “Hold It Against Me”, “Wide Awake” and “Part of Me”, among others.
Regarding her personal life, Bonnie defines herself as bisexual; she has been in a relationship with record producer and songwriter Oliver Goldstein since 2009.
All songs on her album Trouble are written by her.
When I moved to Seattle in fourth grade, I joined the Seattle Girls' Choir. It's a world-class choir, and we competed, toured Europe, and went and sang at the Vatican, so it was a really awesome experience to have that young.
I think what it means to be an 'American Girl,' and what I wrote the song about, is our freedoms. The idea that we as Americans can be what we want to be and say what we want to say and that we take it for granted.
I've been singing since I could talk, pretty much. My dad was really musical and taught me how to sing harmonies and got me a karaoke machine with tape decks.
I like to think of myself as the people's pop star a little bit. I respect Lady Gaga so much, and I love what she does, but she has this kind of mysterious, out-of-reach thing. I'm just not that - as much as I'd love to have that sort of mystique, I think I'm kind of an open book.
I started writing my own songs from the time I was a little kid. I would write my own lyrics to other people's songs that I heard on the radio and take whatever song and make it about fairies and angels - whatever little girls sing about.
I was always super, super musical. So my parents recognized that and put me in choirs, piano lessons, and all that.
There are some artists that don't like working with other females, which is fine. They have their own thing. I personally love being surrounded by other females.
I've always had a teenage thread running through my music.
If I know I will be working with someone and they are not keen with writing with a girl, I like to be non-threatening and cool so they will trust me. It's a thought process of who work and how I want to present myself.
I saw Tina Turner do 'Proud Mary' on TV, and it was so electrifying and such a unique experience. I remember crying out of excitement, and I knew that I wanted to be a performer and make people feel excited and moved, and that's why I gravitated towards it.