JGM Pick of the Week: February 15, 2016

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.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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