Bonita Burney Simmons
(released October 19, 2015)
Bonita Burney Simmons infuses her single, “Breakthrough,” with a toolkit of traditional church soloist techniques. Melismatic runs, soulful top notes, and lyric attacks a la Jennifer Hudson–all in the service of encouraging listeners to stay faithful, because their own breakthroughs are on the way.
Born in Connecticut and raised in North Carolina, Simmons has been a singer since preschool. She entered the ministry in 2000 and serves as Co-Pastor and Outreach Coordinator of the Family Worship Church, “Ministry of Restoration,” in Kinston, North Carolina, where George E. Fields Jr. is pastor.
A portion of the proceeds from the single will go towards her non-profit organization (Tried By Fire, Inc.) to help cover operational costs to open My Sister’s House, a transitional home for post-incarcerated women. The nonprofit is named for the gospel group Simmons founded at age 12.