Nina Ferraro AKA Bonzie is an indie-folk artist based in Chicago. She writes all of her original music independently, and plays several instruments, including guitar, ukulele, and piano.
At age 11 Nina began exposing audiences the songs she'd been writing in seclusion for several years. She began singing and playing acoustically at a local coffee shop in her hometown and the experiences fueled her passion for music. In the years following, she would go on to perform at venues including Taste of Chicago, SPACE in Evanston, Martyrs', Beat Kitchen, Elbo Room, Abbey Pub, Uncommon Ground, and many other venues in Chicago and across the Midwest.
At 14, Nina recorded and released her first original single, "Let It Go," produced by Wade Norton and Tommy Byrnes (music director for Billy Joel). The legendary Kenny Aronoff (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Smashing Pumpkins) worked with Nina in the studio to record drums/percussion for the single.
One year later, Nina returned to Los Angeles, this time to record a five-song EP - The Promise, which as Nina describes, "an adventure of perspective" - produced by Will Golden and Al Sgro (producers of Erik Hutchinson, Meiko, and Michelle Branch). Musicians who played on the record include bassist Jonny Flower (Ryan Adams, Colin Hay), multi-instrumentalist Brad Gordon (Ingrid Michaelson, The Weepies), and drummer Michael Jerome of Better Than Ezra.
After receiving national airplay on college and independent radio - Bonzie has done several on-air interviews discussing her music, her life, and the origins of her passion. Now 17, Ferraro is continuing creating and performing, touring with her band across the Midwest, and receiving critical acclaim for her live shows. She will release her debut LP in the Spring of 2013.