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Pieces

by Russ Bonagura

A soulful fusion of rock and pop with strong vocals and a bit of edge.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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1. Little Bird
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2. Bad News
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3. Take a Minute
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4. Sometimes
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5. Angel by my Side
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6. Pieces
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7. Inordinary Pain
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8. Our Love
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9. Daydreamin'
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10. Please Understand
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11. Time Alone
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12. Afraid Sometimes
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13. Don't Waste my Time
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14. Neglected
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
RUSS BONAGURA Press Release 2007 -- http://www.russbonagura.com

Russ' NEW CD "SONGS FOR PEOPLE" Available here at CD Baby - Dec 2007!!

-Independent NJ Singer/Songwriter/Musician Russ Bonagura Lands Music On Santa Fe Salsa Natl’ TV Jingle, All My Children, Young And Restless and One Life To Live-

All across America television viewers are hearing the sounds of NJ’s Russ Bonagura. Russ’ jingle “I Like It On That” for the Santa Fe Salsa ‘06-‘07 nationwide promotion launch of the product line began airing on Dec 11, 2006 and will run continuously thru 2008 on all major networks. Written, produced and performed by Bonagura on all instruments and vocals, here’s the link to view the commercial online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY8Z0CIn0QU

In addition, Russ’ song "Please Understand" (from his 2003 CD release 'Pieces') was featured on CBS' Young And The Restless January 29th 2007. CBS’ One Life To Live has featured Russ’ “At This Moment”.. And ABC’s All My Children has featured 2 others from the ‘Pieces’ CD "Angel By My Side" and “Take A Minute" more than a dozen times in the past 18 months. Both the song and the music video for “Take A Minute” have been aired on AMC and are scheduled for more airings this year. “Take A Minute” spent 12 weeks in the top 30 (peaking at #24) on the US AC/40 chart in the infamous radio publication F.M.Q.B. shortly after it’s release in the summer of ‘03 sharing the chart with the likes of Maroon 5, Train, John Mayer and Norah Jones. This video can be seen on Russ’ website: http://www.russbonagura.com/

A child prodigy who was singing, learned to play bass, guitar, and drums all by age 10 and formed his first band at age 13, Russ Bonagura has been on the road to establishing himself as a career-oriented singer/songwriter since the early days of his teens. A staple on the East Coast music scene, performing over 100 live gigs per year, Russ has independently released 6 recordings (‘Pieces’ being #6) and 1 music video including; 4 full-length CDs and 2 EP/Singles and, he has penned more than 300 songs to date. In addition to above, Russ’ songs have been used as spots on NY’s WPLJ Scott & Todd In The Morning, The Howard Stern Radio Show and he has also lent his voice and face to many radio and tv jingles including 2004’s "Visa and The Grinch" commercial starring Jim Carey. Other songs from his catalog have gained national audio and video exposure on ABC, CBS, VH1 and Fuse. Russ' musical reach has even extended outside the United States; his song "Daydreamin'" (the title track from his 1998 CD release) was a signature tune for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan and appeared on the CBS Music Library that year.

Russ is currently in the studio recording his 7th independent CD to be released in December 2007. Some of the players on the new material include; Mike Brignardello (Lonestar, Faith Hill), Howard Duck (Rascal Flatts) and Pat Buchanan (James Taylor, Hall & Oates). A sampler of new music can be heard on Russ’ MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/russbonagura

*Russ Performs every Thursday 6-10pm ‘solo acoustic’ at Bacchus, 318 Passaic Ave, Fairfield, NJ.


# For more info, please visit Russ’ website http://www.russbonagura.com
or contact Frimpy Muzik Prod: 973-477-7118 #

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And The Critics Say...

"Bonagura's voice is a classic pop-rock instrument that is well suited to his original material" -Music Connection Magazine

"Stellar vocals!" -Herald News

"New Jersey just may have a new prodigal son in music. Russ Bonagura's 'Pieces' is an exceptional, contemporary pop-rock offering that is shamefully missing from most CD collections in the country. Edgy and dynamic - this is an artist to watch for". -Bobby Bensley CMAP Music International

" Great songs & awesome Vocals. This is pop music with power and passion and lyrically it hits home strong. This is a CD that that I will listen to for a long time!" -Kerry, CD Smash.com

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RUSS BONAGURA -Bio 2006 - www.russbonagura.com

A child prodigy who was singing, learned to play bass, guitar, and drums all by age 10 and formed his first band (Hot Ice) at age 13, Russ Bonagura has been on the road to establishing himself as a career-oriented singer/songwriter since the early days of his teens.

Russ grew up in the working-class city of Paterson, New Jersey listening to his favorite music from The Beatles, Kenny Loggins, Eagles, and Stevie Wonder while dreaming that one day music lovers would "Take A Minute" to listen to his songs. That came true, in a big way, with his last independent release titled “Pieces” in 2003. The successful national launch of his first single from the “Pieces” CD, "Take A Minute", debuted as the #1 most added single on the AC40 chart in the prestigious trade publication Friday Morning Quarterback on March 3, 2003. Following, 'Take A Minute' spent 12 weeks in the top 30 (peaking at #24) sharing the chart with such artists as; Train, Maroon 5, Norah Jones and John Mayer. Supported by legendary radio promoter Jerry Lembo who has worked dozens of chart-topping artists’ singles including Shania Twain, James Taylor, and Faith Hill, Lembo says; “This song appeals to the sentiments of the masses who, now more than ever, are learning to live in the present moment”.

A staple on the East Coast music scene, performing over 100 live gigs per year, Russ has independently released 6 recordings (‘Pieces’ being #6) and 1 music video including; 4 full-length CDs and 2 EP/Singles and, he has penned more than 300 songs to date. Russ’ songs have been used as spots on NY’s WPLJ Scott & Todd In The Morning, The Howard Stern Radio Show and he has also lent his voice and face to many radio and tv jingles including 2004’s "Visa and The Grinch" commercial starring Jim Carrey. Other songs from his catalog have gained national audio and video exposure on ABC’s All My Children, One Life To Live, VH1 and Fuse. Russ' musical reach has even extended outside the United States; his song "Daydreamin'" (the title track from his 1997 CD release) was a signature tune for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan and appeared on the CBS Music Library that year.

Fast forward to the winter of 2005. Russ has a business meeting with longtime friend and tv producer, Fred Vanore of Blue Moon Studios in NJ. Fred, being a fan of Russ’ music, comes on board as an advisor for Russ and visualizes hearing his new material with more of an “earthy and southern” type of production than on his previous mainstream releases. Russ calls his cousin, musician/producer/songwriter Michael Bonagura (of Country’s Baillie and The Boys fame) in Nashville, TN for some advice. Michael and Russ had met online 7 years earlier after Michael did an online search (on “Bonagura”) and came across Russ’ website accidentally. After chatting online, the 2 Bonagura’s figure out that they are long, lost cousins (both from NJ) coming from a musical family originating in Naples, Italy. Their grandfathers (who were cousins) actually traveled on the same boat together from Italy to NYC around 1900! Well, as fate would have it, Michael is now at the wheel producing Russ’ new CD in Nashville with some of Tennessee’s finest session players including Mike Brignardello, Howard Duck, Pat Buchanan, Stuart Duncan and Lance Hoppen. A 3-song CD sampler of this musical pairing is due in April 2006.

Whether you live in Paterson or Peoria, Atlantic City or Atlanta, the raw emotion in RUSS BONAGURA’s music will touch your heart and tantalize your ears.

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RUSS TALKS ABOUT HIS MUSIC: "PIECES" SONG BY SONG

1. "Little Bird" - is about a sad friend who never finds the right love in life
2. "Bad News" - Since I was a kid, I've always said "why don't they call the 5pm news, "Bad News?" It's a shame, but it's reality.
3. "Take A Minute" - This is a special song for me. It deals with the facts that everyone faces, at some point in their lives...getting caught up in work and distractions. Not spending enough time with the ones we love. I've lost some very close people in recent years. The song includes the pain encountered and lessons learned about this all too familiar subject.
4. "Sometimes" - I wrote this song about losing focus of your dreams, especially when times get rough.
5. "Angel By My Side" - Ahh, this song is for my beautiful daughter, Micaila.
6. "Pieces" - A very angry song about a broken relationship.
7. "Inordinary Pain" - Keith, who plays guitar on the CD, and I wrote this song in the studio while we worked on Pieces. It's got a very cool, heavy vibe to it.
8. "Our Love" - A celebration and triumph of true love.
9. "Daydreamin" - Put the top down and groove! A funky song about forgetting everything except chillin' out.
10. " Please Understand" - A self-proclaimed plea and admission that there is a "little boy" inside every man.
11. " Time Alone" - Everybody needs some.
12. "Afraid Sometimes" - My epic. No matter who you are, Everyone's Afraid (sometimes).
13. "Don't Waste My Time" - Ever been cornered in a room by someone babbling on and on about stuff you don't care about? You can't get away. Here's a song for you.
14. "Neglected" - A song I wrote about an issue I am very passionate about- preventing child abuse. This song focuses on a girl who was abused as a child and then, marries an abusive husband.

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Leza Batracki

Take A Minute is great!
Wow, finally a great singer! I love the song Take A Minute. This should be on the charts. LB
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Angela

I can't wait to get this CD.
I can't wait to get this CD. I already know that it rocks :) I've heard "Sometimes" and its excellent! Benjy, Russ & Keith, keep on rockin' guys, you make an awesome team! Love always, Angela :)
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Nicky Baldaran

Russ Bonagura is yet another talented singer/songwriter from the US.
Russ Bonagura is yet another talented singer/songwriter from the US.

Best of the bunch are 'Sometimes' a song with a westcoast/pop feel a'la NOUVEAUX and SOUTHERN SONS, this is a catchy song and played with profesionalism, superb vocals and arrangement.

The title track is also another cool song with a modern aproach and distorted guitar layers. Sounds to me like a male version of NO DOUBT, the vocals again are superb and this is one of my favourite songs on the album.

Even better is 'Daydreaming' now this tune is sophisticated pop with a touch of blues and is just so great to listen to, ERIC CLAPTON comet to mind on this one.

This style again can be heard on the last song called 'Negleted', which is like BAD COMPANY.

"Pieces" offers a variation of styles classic-to modern so you get an album with widescale appeal. Check it out.
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Kim Uczkowski

Love your songs
Love your songs....will buy CD
You are going to make it!
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ray foster

KEEP ROCKIN'
sandy and i wish you lots of luck, "Sometimes" sounds GREAT !!!!

KEEP ROCKIN'
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Karen Irons

Absolutely love the whole CD! This is definately music from the heart!
The variety is awesome, love the music and the lyrics!
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Frank B

Very Radio Friendly
Great lyrics, great songs. Your voice reminds me of Daryl Hall (that's a good thing). Very radio-friendly stuff. Good Luck.
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Mark E. Waterbury

Emotive Vocal
Russ - Pieces
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Russ Bonagura's voice reminds you of a fellow New Jerseyan Jon Bon Jovi, but his music is a bit more edgy and veers in several directions while keeping a more Brit alt rock feel. Jangly power chords drive "Bad News," a more contemporary folksy vibe is evident in "Angel By My Side" and "Inordinary Pain" has a crunchy psychedelic groove. Russ loops the styles together with his emotive vocal personalities and obvious songwriting talent.

URL: www.russonline.com
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Jim Steinfeldt

Great CD!
Russ: I got your CD. I love Take a Minute. Be sure to contact me next time you are in LA and keep me posted on your touring schedule and music.

jim
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Kerry

Great songs & Awesome Vocals
This New Jersey boy may just have a future in the music business. He has most of the things needed to succeed, Great songs & Awesome Vocals. This is pop music with power and passion and lyrically it hits home strong. From the song “TAKE A MINUTE” that I’m sure were influenced by 9-11, “We take for granted those we love to be around, the tallest buildings fall and crumble to the ground, While our lives become entangled in a daily routine grind”. Pretty strong and true most would agree. Any song on PIECES could be played on radio; I’m very impressed with it.

The production is very good, Benjy King (Live and Scandal) produced the disc. I also hear a very strong Don Henley influence with hints of bands like the Beatles, Jellyfish and Mike & The Mechanics.

If I had to pick favorite on the Disc they would be: “Little Bird”, “Take A Minute” and Sometimes” Also included Is a Video for the song "Take A Minute" On a cool packaged separate CD.

This is a CD that that I will listen to for a long time.

Review by the Lyrically challenged Kman
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