Alyssa Bonagura Follows the Road Less Traveled

“Why Be Afraid and Follow Everybody Else? That’s No Fun”

Following the road less traveled has built a remarkable career for Alyssa Bonagura.

Since she was a child, the Nashville singer-songwriter has pretty much lived her life on the road. She toured the nation growing up with her musical parents Baillie & the Boys’ Kathie Baillie and husband Michael Bonagura. And by the time their daughter was ready for college, her resume boasted music memories that would make most country acts green with envy.

She was three when she sang Leslie Gore’s “It’s My Party” on Ralph Emery’s Nashville Now TV show. At age 10, she recorded a duet with Kenny Rogers for his 1998 holiday album, Christmas From the Heart. By 16, she scored her first national tour opening for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives. When she graduated from Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts in 2009, Sir Paul was there to personally present her with her degree in sound technology. And, yes, her name was pronounced correctly when it was her turn to walk.

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