Bonsignore Returns With Durban Girl

Annie Bonsignore during the "Out of my Head" recording session for her new album, Durban Girl.Photo by Philippe Maurice.

Annie Bonsignore during the “Out of my Head” recording session for her new album, Durban Girl.
Photo by Philippe Maurice.

By Eric Alper

(TORONTO, ON) – Critic’s darling Annie Bonsignore is back with her third studio album Durban Girl, including a new single “Fingerprints,” which is now available. Following earlier releases, 2014’s Shades of Red and 2016’s Be Careful What You Wish For, the latest Durban Girl serves up nine original tracks and 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.

Singer and song-writer Annie Bonsignore.Photo by Philippe Maurice.

Singer and song-writer Annie Bonsignore.
Photo by Philippe Maurice.

Her many accolades include being a Toronto Independent Music Award finalist in 2017, a Newmarket Jazz Festival Fan Choice Award winner the same year, the Hogtown Hang Fan Choice Award winner in 2015, Q107’s Vocal Contest Winner, and Coca-Cola Pop Stars finalist, as well as a South African Idol finalist.

She’s also been featured regularly on BBC Radio, including guest interviews on Fresh Air and Big City Small World, The Drew Marshall Show, BID Magazine, and more.

“I’m incredibly proud to present “Fingerprints.” It has been an incredibly rewarding adventure for me,” Bonsignore said in a new collaborative video project, with director of photography Philippe Maurice. “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. I think we’ve achieved that.”

Annie-Bonsignore-album Durban GirlDespite being intimately involved in every aspect of its creation, from 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,” she said.

Meeting and working in tandem with Maurice was what Bonsignore dubbed 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 reflected. “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.”

“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 continued. “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 now.

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