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March 7, 2011
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2011 PRESS RELEASE
Singer/Songwriter Russ Bonagura Releases New CD"SONGS
FOR PEOPLE"and Includes 50 Year Old Family Recording Heirloom
If you live in America and watch TV, you’ve
heard Russ Bonagura’s voice and music.
For starters, all across the US television
viewers have heard Bonagura’s jingle "I Like It On That", the theme
song for Santa Fe Salsa’s
nationwide promotion launch of the product line. This began airing in
Dec 2006 and runs thru 2008 on all major networks. Written, produced and
performed by Bonagura on all instruments and vocals, here’s the link to
view the commercial online:
In addition, many of this diverse artists’
songs have been aired on National TV shows including, The
Young And The Restless, One Life To Live and All My
Children to name a few. "Take A Minute", Russ’ first radio
single (from his 6th CD "Pieces") spent 12 weeks in
the top 30 across the US on the A/C 40 chart peaking at #24 and sharing
the chart with such artists as; Maroon 5, Norah Jones & John Mayer in
2003. Both the song and the music video for "Take A Minute" have
been aired on ABC, VH1 & Fuse. This video can be seen on Russ’ website:
Russ’ new CD "Songs For People" (his
7th) is a special recording for Bonagura since it includes a
bonus track, "You And I" that his father wrote and recorded with
his two uncles in 1958. Russ dusted off the 50 year-old 45-RPM record
and decided to pay homage to his father’s work. Russ lost his father at
age 7 and, incorporating this family recorded gem on his CD (scratches
and all) gave Russ the opportunity to record with his Dad. The original
track is the intro and it morphs into a new version with Russ now on
lead vocals in a duet with his father.
To add more of a "family affair touch"
to "You And I" Russ asked his 83 year old uncle (the last living
from the original record), his older brother and his 3 young children to
sing background. Made possible by modern technology, there are now 3
generations of Bonagura’s singing on this song. A wonderful, heartfelt
story for this close family of musicians, "You And I" was
originally written by Russ’ Dad as a pledge of love to his Mom and now,
it is a unifying record that touches the essence of his family and
anyone who listens.
A child prodigy who was singing, learned to
play bass, guitar, and drums all by age 10 and formed his first band at
age 13, Russ Bonagura has been on the road to establishing himself as a
career-oriented singer/songwriter since the early days of his teens. A
staple on the East Coast music scene, performing over 100 live gigs per
year, Russ says his new CD is "a diverse collection of music that
comes from the heart".
Samples of new music can be heard on MySpace:
"Songs For People" is available at RB’s site
& all major digital download sites such as iTunes and CD Baby.
We're working on new
national TV and Movie song placements, some very cool ones on the
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line, I'd love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
you and your families :)
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"Bonagura's voice is a classic pop-rock instrument that is well
suited to his original material" Music Connection Magazine
"Stellar vocals!" Herald News
"It never ceases to amaze me the amount of talent we have right
under our noses in the NJ area. The latest display of that talent comes
from Russ Bonagura." Cathie Coleman, Aquarian Magazine
"Great songs & awesome vocals. Thanks for
helping make us a better radio station."
Program Director, KSCQ
"Excellent song, doing well on both of our stations!"
Program Director, KLTF and KFML
"Star quality and hit material for
sure, Russ is ready." Milton Fox
"Sounds good on the air!"
Tim Graves, Music
love the sentiment of this song! Lyrically it hits home strong. Glad
we added it!"
Nick Payne, Music
"I'm impressed with Russ' vocals. He sounds a lot like Danny Wylde of
the Rembrandts. The song is working on both the AC and HAC stations."
Music Director, KWAT (AC) and KIXX (HAC)
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