Who is Bonnie Raitt?
Bonnie Raitt is an American singer, songwriter, as well as musician as a guitarist. She was able to gain fame and critical success releasing numerous albums in the 1970s. Her albums covered blues, rock, folk, and country. Furthermore, she gained more fame after she aired her album, “Nick of Time”. Moreover, the album ranked on the top of the US Billboard 200. The popular singer also achieved many awards and honors from her career.
|Full Name||Bonnie Lynn Raitt|
|Birth Date||November 8, 1949|
|Birth Place||Burbank, California|
|Height||5 feet 4 inches|
|Husband||Michael O'Keefe (divorced)|
|Net Worth||$12 million|
Bonnie Raitt was born on November 8, 1949, in Burbank, California, having the star sign of Scorpio. She was born as Bonnie Lynn Raitt to her father John Raitt and her mother Marjorie Haydock. Her father was also a famous singer, and her mother is a pianist. Following her parents’ passion, she also came to be a well-known singer.
Furthermore, Bonnie holds an American nationality. Besides, with a height of 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm) and weigh about 56 kg, she has been able to maintain her fit. Besides, the body measurement of 34-26-32 makes her body even more attractive. Her red hair color and brown eyes make her look outstanding.
Bonnie Raitt had an interest in music from a very young age. When she was eight, she got a Christmas present which was the guitar. Since then she started playing the guitar. For education, firstly, she attended Oakwood Friends School, located in Poughkeepsie, New York. After being certified from school, she enrolled in Radcliffe College. She completed her college studying Social Relations and African Studies. During her college days, she played music at the local coffeehouses. While in college, she met blues promoter Dick Waterman and moved to Philadelphia.
Personal Life of Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt tied a knot to an actor Michael O’Keefe in 1991. However, the couple separated as they did not get time to be with each other for a long period due to their career. This created a misunderstanding and disputes between them which finally ended with a divorce.
Bonnie has been able to earn huge popularity being a singer and a musician. Likewise, she has also been able to gain a good amount of money. Her net worth is estimated to be about $12 million.
Bonnie’s outstanding skills earn the attention of record executives from Warner Bros. Warner Bros signed her watching her capability in the music career. For the first time in 1971, Bonnie released an album which as the self-titled. Her albums consisted of the record of “Big Road”, “Bluebird”, and “Walking Blues”. Her album gained commercial success and people highly acknowledged. Likewise, Bonnie released further other many albums. She released “Streetlights” in 1974. Similarly, “Sweet Forgiveness”, “Green Light”, and “Nine Lives” in 1977, 1982, and 1986 respectively.
Moreover, Capitol Records signed Bonnie in 1989. Then she released her album, “Nick of Time”. The album had a bang which made Bonnie earn more fame. Also, she achieved three Grammy Awards. The album had more than five million copies. In 1991, she aired an album, “Lucky of the Draw”. The album gained a high appreciation and about seven million copies were sold. Also, the album made her earn more three Grammy Awards.
Moving on, in 1994, Bonnie released “Longing in Their Hearts”, which reached on the top on US Billboard 200. Likewise, the song, “Love Sneaking Up on You” reached on the 19th rank on the Billboard singles chart. Also, she gained a further two Grammy Awards. Similarly, she released more albums like “Fundamental”, “Silver Lining”, and “Souls Alike” in 1998, 2002, and 2005 respectively.
Furthermore, in 2012, “Slipstream”, her next album gained high appreciation likely to commercial success. The album went to be recognized as the “Best Americana Album” on the Grammy Award. Lastly, Bonnie released her seventeenth studio album, “Dig in Deep” in February 2016. The album also peaked at 11th position on the Billboard 200 chart. The album included single like “Gypsy in Me” and the cover of the INXS song, “Need You Tonight”.
Awards and Achievements of Bonnie Raitt
Starting from being the winner of four awards in 1990, Bonnie has earned numerous Grammy Awards till now. In 1990, she earned “Best Traditional Blues Recording”, “Album of the Year”, “Best Pop Vocal Performance” and “Best Rock Vocal Performance”. Likewise, in 1992, she grabbed three awards. Her awards involve “Best Pop Vocal Performance”, “Best Rock Vocal Performance”. Also the “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal”. Then, in 1995, she gained two awards, “Best Pop Album”, and “Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical”. Furthermore, in 1997, she achieved “Best Rock Instrumental Performance”. Finally, her last Grammy Award was in 2013 as the “Best Americana Album”.
Beside Grammy Awards, Bonnie was honored in an Honorary Doctorate of music from the Berklee College of Music in 1991. Then, in 1997, she got the award at the Harvard Arts Medal. Likewise, in 2000, in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she earned an award of “Hall of Fame Induction”. Bonnie has won the “Life Achievement Award for Performance” in 2012 in an Americana Music Honors and Award. Then, in 2017, she received an honor from the National Guitar Museum with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Lastly, she gained the People’s Voice Award from the Folk Alliance International Awards.
Rumors and Controversies
Bonnie Raitt had an alcohol problem. She was highly addicted to alcohol and drugs. In the late 1980s, she got enrolled in Alcoholics Anonymous. In her interviews, she has mentioned that she used to think drinking makes her classy however she knew it was going to make you sloppy or dead. She gives credit for being clean to Stevie Ray Vaughan. As after seeing him she even improved her music career and became more disciplined.