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"I Make My Own Sunshine" became popular after being featured on a Lowes commercial.
The singer and writer of the song lives in Franklin.
I sat down with Alyssa Bonagura to learn more about the song and the famous family in which she gets her talent!
24 year old Alyssa Bonagura was thrown into the life of music at an early age!
"I was 3 weeks old and on a bus. Been touring since I was born" says Alyssa.
Her mom and dad were part of a hit group in the 80's and 90's called Baillie and the Boys.
Despite their success, at first, mom and dad weren't exactly supportive of Alyssa's love for music!
"I would say can you teach me how to play guitar and she would be like no, you are not doing it" remembers Alyssa
They caved and Alyssa ended up attending college at the Paul McCartney
School in London, where she studied engineering and sound technology.
It's also where she wrote the song that kick started her career.
was raining a lot and I was in my apartment and it was freezing and I
remember the day before my friend and I were walking down the street and
she said that it's alright Alyssa, we make our own sunshine. I wrote
the chorus in England and thought it was a horrible song i thought it
The song grew on Alyssa and her publishing company loved it, pushing it into the hands of Lowes!
"To get this commercial this year was one of the best thing that's ever happened to me" she says.
Before television, the song was released by an Australian artists and made it to the top ten on charts there.
And in the coming months, Jesse James is expected to release it on her country album.
As for her own career, Alyssa already has an album ready to go.
"It's a pop record. Ive been wanting to make one since a kid. I grew up with country parents but listened to pop all my life
Eager and waiting - to make her own sunshine!
don't wanna put it out yet only because I think it deserves bigger
distribution than I can do on my own.So, if you are watching, I need a
record company to help" she laughs.
Alyssa would like to know
what you think about her album so she is going to let you go ahead and
hear it - for free! Just go to her webpage, register and you can listen
Friday, August 3 2012, 10:05 PM CDT
Man charged with faking marriage to visit inmate
May 22, 2013 13:32 GMT
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Washington County authorities say a man faked a marriage certificate so he could visit a woman held in the Johnson City Detention Facility.
The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/14QBr9L ) reports investigators discovered the ruse after the May 14 visit by 32-year-old Robert S. Hicks of Elizabethton. Hicks was arrested Tuesday on a charge of criminal simulation. He was jailed at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bond, pending a court appearance Wednesday.
Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com
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