Annie Bonsignore Releases Latest Album ‘Durban Girl’
Critic’s darling Annie Bonsignore is back with her third studio album Durban Girl, including a new single “Fingerprints” — available now!
Following earlier releases — 2014’s Shades of Red and 2016’s Be Careful What You Wish For — Durban Girl serves up nine original tracks plus one cover, bringing to the forefront Bonsignore’s diverse influences, from Patsy Cline to Mozart, and infinite storytelling range.
Durban Girl producer Fred Mollin (Billy Joel, BB King, Sheryl Crow, Carole King) calls Bonsignore “an enigmatic and gifted songwriter and performer” and a “young Barbara Streisand who writes gorgeous songs.”
With her father a professional guitarist, and her mother a music educator, the South African turned Torontonian has music in her genes. Born to a large family of seven children, Bonsignore picked up the fam-fave artistic outlet, composing music at the age of eight, and singing professionally at the age of 10. Her many accolades include Toronto Independent Music Award (Finalist, 2017), a Newmarket Jazz Festival Fan Choice Award (Winner, 2017), The Hogtown Hang Fan Choice Award (Winner, 2015), Q107’s Vocal Contest Winner, Coca-Cola Pop Stars (Finalist), as well as South African Idol (Finalist). She’s also been featured regularly on BBC Radio, Radio including guest interviews on Fresh Air & Big City Small World, The Drew Marshall Show, Snap’d Magazine, BID Magazine, allnaturalmusic.com, and more.
“I’m incredibly proud to present “Fingerprints”,” shares Bonsignore on her newest video, a collaborative project with Director of Photography Philippe Maurice. “It has been an incredibly rewarding adventure for me.
“For a songwriter, the chance to add the dimension of visual elements is a huge opportunity to expand the story-telling that the song is capable of,” Bonsignore expands. “I think we’ve achieved that…”
Despite being intimately involved in every aspect of its creation — song to video — Bonsignore is still struck by the song’s visual representation. “Even for me as a creator, watching this video pulls me into the moment and the message.”
Meeting and working in tandem with Maurice was what Bonsignore dubs an “unexpected blessing”, and a creative happenstance that brought Durban Girl’s first single to new heights. “The intensity with which the video came together forced an authenticity that would have been hard to plan out,” Bonsignore reflects, frankly. “So often, music videos fail to capture the genuine feel of a performance… Things can look beautiful, but at times feel contrived and staged, and then you miss that ‘magic’ you feel when you hear things live.
“I know one of the most special musical moments for me as a performer is when I’m in front of an intimate audience, able to make eye contact, seeing every expression and emotion on their faces. I draw from that, and I really wanted to try and create a similar dynamic with this video.”
“Fingerprints” is Bonsignore bar by bar. Recounting a highly spiritual moment in her life, one where she begins to emerge from “the darkest place I’d ever been”, the song and video are a curtain drawn into the multi-faceted artist’s most intimate details. “The song itself is very personal, like many that I write,” she continues. “During a particularly challenging and turbulent moment in my life four years ago, I had discovered meditation as a source of truth and strength. After a particularly deep meditation, I emerged with a dramatically different outlook and really began to feel and see the beauty around me…
“And within me.”
The result? “The song wrote itself in 20 minutes.”
“Fingerprints” and Durban Girl is available
We would like to thank Eric Alper for the artist profile and press release .