Bonnie McKee

born on 20/1/1984 in Vacaville, CA, United States

Bonnie McKee

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Bonnie McKee

Bonnie Leigh McKee (born January 20, 1984) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Named Rolling Stone Magazine's "Best Secret Weapon" in 2011,[1] McKee has co-written nine #1 singles,[2][3][4][5][6] that have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.[7][8][9][10] She teamed up with pop superstar Katy Perry to co-write the hits "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," "Part of Me," "Wide Awake," and "Roar." McKee also co-wrote "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz, which became the second best-selling song by a British artist in the digital era.[11] Throughout her career as a songwriter, Bonnie McKee has collaborated with Britney Spears, Miranda Cosgrove, Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, Kylie Minogue, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Leona Lewis, Adam Lambert, Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, Mark Foster, Josh Abraham, Greg Kurstin, Anne Preven, and many others. Dubbed a "key player in pop music" by Hit Songs Deconstructed,[12] she is professionally represented by Pulse Recording[13] and Dr. Luke's Prescription Songs.

Life and career

Early life

Bonnie McKee was born in Vacaville, California. She began singing at age 4, and was a classically trained pianist at age 7. After relocating to Seattle, Washington, she became a member of the Seattle Girls Choir Prime Voci at age 12, and toured throughout North America and Europe. She recorded two albums with the choir, including Jackson Berkey Meets The Seattle Girls' Choir and Cantate 2000.[14] She briefly attended The Bush School, where she spent a week in a recording studio with her classmates. A few songs from this recording session became the initial demos for her first EP, including the song "When It All Comes Down."

2004-2005: Trouble

By age 15, McKee was writing songs and performing in the Seattle area. A friend helped get her EP to Nic Harcourt, a popular disc jockey in Los Angeles and host of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. He helped spark a major record label bidding war after playing the song "Somebody" on his radio program for several weeks. After signing a recording contract with Reprise Records at age 16,[15] she moved to Los Angeles to begin work on her debut album with producer Rob Cavallo.

Trouble was commercially released on September 28, 2004.[16] McKee performed the single "Somebody" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and the song was featured in the motion picture Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! The music video for "Somebody" was directed by Wayne Isham, and was featured on MTV's Buzzworthy and VH1's You Oughta Know. Trouble received positive reviews in Blender, Nylon, The Los Angeles Times, and Teen People.

2006-2011: Songwriting and acting roles

McKee has co-written worldwide hit singles with Katy Perry (left) and Taio Cruz (right).

Following her release from Reprise Records, McKee spent many hours in the recording studio, learning how to use Pro Tools and crafting new songs. She also focused on acting, landing a role in the motion picture "August Rush," and appearing on the television series' "CSI: NY" and "American Dreams" In 2011, she appeared as a guest judge on Bravo's "Platinum Hit"[17] with hosts Kara Dioguardi and Jewel

In 2009, McKee was introduced to music producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, by her manager Josh Abraham. Gottwald had collaborated with McKee's longtime friend Katy Perry on her debut album One of the Boys. They (along with Max Martin and Benny Blanco) began writing songs together, ultimately producing the hits that would appear on Perry's second album, the worldwide multi-platinum, Teenage Dream. The singles "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream" and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)" each topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold millions of copies around the world.[18][19] They also helped McKee earn BMI Pop Awards in 2011 [20] and 2012 [21] for her role as a songwriter. Other successful collaborations between McKee, Gottwald and Martin include Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me," Taio Cruz's "Dynamite," Rita Ora's "How We Do (Party)," and Katy Perry's singles from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, "Wide Awake" and "Part of Me."

2012present: Songwriting, "American Girl," second studio album

In the past year, McKee co-wrote two songs that appeared on Adam Lambert's album Trespassing, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.[22] She also appeared as a featured performer on "Thunder" from Rusko's album Songs, released on Mad Decent.[23] As a songwriter, she has collaborated Christina Aguilera, Kesha, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kylie Minogue, Cody Simpson, Rita Ora, and others. McKee recently signed a recording contract as a solo artist with Epic Records,[24] and is currently at work on her second studio album. She has garnered recent attention for her fashion sense, appearing on E! Entertainment Television's "Fashion Police," [25] and gracing the pages of the New York Times, New York Post, and Schön! Magazine. In 2013, McKee won 3 more BMI Pop awards for her songwriting work on Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" and "Part of Me" as well as Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me."[26]

McKee's second album is scheduled for release in Spring 2014. The lead single is "American Girl." The song was released on July 23, 2013.[27] She posted a promotional video for "American Girl" on YouTube on June 26, 2013 which featured several cameo appearances by Katy Perry, Nicole Scherzinger, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kesha, Jenny McCarthy, Kelly Osbourne, Adam Lambert, Jason Derulo, Becky G, Joan Rivers, Macklemore, Karmin, Taio Cruz, Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe, Kiss, Jane Lynch, George Takei, Kathy Griffin, Lance Bass, Jewel and other artists. In October, McKee released a second song from the album titled "Sleepwalker." McKee confirmed that the song was not the album's official second single, but rather an "Inbetweengle," meant to tide fans over until her next official release.[28] The music video premiered on October 17, 2013 and starred McKee and Kelsey Chow.[29]

Songwriting discography

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2013 Cher Closer to the Truth "I Don't Have to Sleep to Dream" Kelly Sheehan, Timbaland, Jerome Harmon, Chris Godbey
Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days "Under Control" Ellie Goulding, Oliver Goldstein, Cory Nitta, Travis Merenu
Katy Perry Prism "Roar" Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Henry Walter
"Legendary Lovers" Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Henry Walter
"Birthday" Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Henry Walter
"Ghost" Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Henry Walter
G.R.L. Music from and Inspired by The Smurfs 2 "Vacation" Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Henry Walter
Britney Spears Music from and Inspired by The Smurfs 2 "Ooh La La" Dr. Luke, Joshua Coleman, Henry Walter, Jacob Kasher, Lola Blanc, Fransisca Hall
2012 Katy Perry Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection "Part of Me" Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin
"Wide Awake" Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Henry Walter
Adam Lambert Trespassing "Cuckoo" Adam Lambert, Josh Abraham, Anne Preven, Oliver Goldstein
"Chokehold" Adam Lambert, Josh Abraham, Oliver Goldstein
Rita Ora O.R.A. "How We Do (Party)" Victor Alexander, Kelly Sheehan
Leona Lewis Glassheart "Un Love Me" Fraser T Smith, Kelly Sheehan, Leona Lewis
"Lovebird" Joshua Coleman, Dr. Luke
Kesha Warrior "C'Mon" Kesha, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Henry Walter, Benny Blanco
"Supernatural" Kesha, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Henry Walter, Nik Kershaw
Melanie Amaro Truly "Long Distance" D'Mile, Michael Joseph Green, Anne Preven, Tricky Stewart
Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss "Turn Me Up" Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Abraham, Oliver Goldstein, Kevin Maher
Cody Simpson Paradise "Wish U Were Here (feat. Becky G)" Taio Cruz, Dr. Luke, Henry Walter, Rebecca Marie Gomez
Christina Aguilera Lotus "Let There Be Love" Max Martin, Shellback, Savan Kotecha, Oliver Goldstein, Oscar Holter, Jakke Erixson
Rusko Songs "Thunder" (featuring Bonnie McKee) Rusko, Ted Bruner
Cast of Smash The Music of Smash "Touch Me" Brent Kutzle, Ryan Tedder, Noel Zancanella
2011 Miranda Cosgrove High Maintenance "Sayonara" Greg Kurstin, Nicole Morier
Britney Spears Femme Fatale "Hold It Against Me" Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Mathieu Jomphe
"Inside Out" Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Mathieu Jomphe, Jacob Kasher
"How I Roll" Christian Karlsson, Henrik Jonback, Magnus Lidehäll, Pontus Winnberg, Nicole Morier
"Seal It With A Kiss" Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Henry Walter
"Gasoline" Dr. Luke, Claude Kelly, Benny Blanco, Emily Wright
Dirt Nasty Nasty As I Wanna Be "Cougars" Simon Rex, Kesha, Allan Grigg
Namie Amuro Checkmate! "Make It Happen" (feat. AFTERSCHOOL) DOUBLE, Jörgen Elofsson, Erik Lidbom
Kelly Clarkson Stronger "Hello" Kelly Clarkson, Josh Abraham, Oliver Goldstein
"Alone" Josh Abraham, Oliver Goldstein, Ryan Williams
Nicole Scherzinger Killer Love "Tomorrow Never Dies" Andrew Harr, Jermaine Jackson, Kelly Sheehan, Alexander Joseph Delicata
2010 Miranda Cosgrove Sparks Fly "There Will Be Tears" Ammo, Allan Grigg
Taio Cruz Rokstarr "Dynamite" Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Taio Cruz
Katy Perry Teenage Dream "Teenage Dream" Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Benny Blanco
"Last Friday Night" Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin
"California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg) Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Snoop Dogg
Fefe Dobson Joy "Thanks for Nothing" Fefe Dobson, Josh Abraham, Luke Walker
Leighton Meester Your Love's a Drug - Single "Your Love's a Drug" Oliver Goldstein, Josh Abraham, Shahine Ezell, Leighton Meester

Number-one singles

The following singles co-written by Bonnie McKee have reached a #1 chart position in North America and/or the United Kingdom

Awards and nominations

BMI Pop Music Awards

  • 2013 ("Part of Me" Katy Perry)
  • 2013 ("Wide Awake" Katy Perry)
  • 2013 ("Hold It Against Me" Britney Spears)
  • 2012 ("Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" Katy Perry)
  • 2012 ("Teenage Dream" Katy Perry)
  • 2012 ("Dynamite" Taio Cruz)
  • 2011 (Dynamite Taio Cruz)
  • 2011 (California Gurls," Katy Perry)



Title Album details
  • Released: TBA
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Format: CD, Digital Download


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Pop
"Somebody" 2004 Trouble
"American Girl" 2013 87 25 51 39 82 TBA


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Singer Uncredited
2004 American Dreams Janis Joplin Episode: "Shoot the Moon"
2007 August Rush Lizzy
2009 CSI: NY Eleanor Ravelle Episode:"Help"


  1. Bonnie McKee
  2. Katy Perry Closing In On Michael Jackson's #1 Singles Record - Music, Celebrity, Artist News |
  3. Britney Spears 'Hold It Against Me' hits #1 spot - PopWrap
  4. Rita Ora bags third consecutive UK #1 single with How We Do :Toya'z World // Urban Pop Culture at your Beck & Call
  5. Trust, Gary, Katy Perry Dethrones Robin Thicke Atop Hot 100, Billboard, 2013-09-04. URL accessed on 2013-10-03.
  6. Katy Perry Breaks Own Digital Sales Record With 'Last Friday Night,' Closing in on Michael Jackson No. 1s Record | Billboard
  7. RIAA - Country Days Of Summer - May 21, 2013
  9. Trust, Gary, Katy Perry Rules Hot 100 For Second Week Lorde Reaches Top 3, Billboard, 2013-09-11. URL accessed on 2013-10-03.
  10. The Nielsen Company & Billboards 2011 Music Industry Report | Business Wire
  11. Whos Writing the Hits? Q3-2012 | Hit Songs Deconstructed
  12. Bonnie McKee | Pulse Recording
  13. Cantate 2000: Seattle Girls Choir, Jerome Wright (Conductor), Jackson Berkey (Composer), Jackson Berkey, Seattle Girls¿ Choir ¿ Prime Voci" "Carrie Brady" "Helen L...
  14. Bonnie McKee at Musical Discoveries
  15. Trouble - Bonnie McKee : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic
  16. Platinum Hit Season 1 - Bonnie McKee Creates a Photograph with Every Lyric - Video - Bravo TV Official Site
  18. Katy Perry Sells Most Digital Singles in Dismal Year For Record Sales | Music News | Rolling Stone
  19. 2011 BMI Pop Music Award List | Press |
  20. Carole King Named BMI Icon at 60th Annual BMI Pop Awards | News |
  21. Adam Lambert Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Trespassing' | Billboard
  22. Songs - Rusko : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic
  23. Bonnie McKee, 'Teenage Dream' Co-Writer, Signs With Epic Records - The Hollywood Reporter
  24. Fashion Police Show: A Style Perp Fights Back! on Fashion Police | E! Online
  25. BMI, , Adam Levine and Top Songwriters Honored at 61st Annual BMI Pop Awards, 'Broadcast Music, Inc.', 2013-05-15. URL accessed on 2013-06-04.
  29. 30.0 30.1 You must specify title = and url = when using {{cite web}}.. Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved on September 7, 2013.

External links

  • Bonnie McKee on Facebook
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