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March 7, 2011

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Independent NJ 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 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 horizon...

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I...And the critics say...

"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."
Curt Stailey, Program Director, KSCQ
"Excellent song, doing well on both of our stations!"
Gary Block, 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 Director, KRTI
"I love the sentiment of this song!  Lyrically it hits home strong. Glad we added it!"
Nick Payne, Music Director, KIXR   
"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."   
Mike Blankenship, Music Director, KWAT (AC) and KIXX (HAC)


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