Bonnie McKee Talks Songwriting Success, Industry Politics & Second Chances: Watch

Sam Lansky | July 24, 2013 5:45 am

It was a long time coming, but a few weeks ago, I finally sat down with the great Bonnie McKee to talk about all kinds of stuff: Finding her way after her super-underrated 2004 debut LP Trouble failed to take off; her prolific career as one of the top songwriters in the business, and emerging anew as a proper pop star with “American Girl,” one of the biggest and most radio-ready songs of the summer.

As she revealed, it wasn’t an easy journey forging a path to stardom, with a lot of speed bumps along the way — but she’s come out the other side more resolved than ever.

Discussing calling upon famous friends like Katy Perry and Ke$ha to give her a boost, the meaning of her debut “American Girl,” and the idiosyncratic nature of the music industry, it proves that McKee has being a pop star down to a fine art — and there’s no one better tipped for superstardom than her.

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