We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Bonds and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe that taking risks is simply a part of living life to the fullest. No one gets any further by playing the game safely so I choose to live by a quote from David Bowie that always resonates with me while creating; “Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.” As an artist, I fully understand that I’ve entered into a world where only the risk-takers thrive. I am a leader and an entrepreneur, which naturally means that stepping out of my depth comes with this career’s trajectory. Furthermore, learning from any failures along this journey is always the goal. I’ll encourage anyone to take risks to truly experience life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a singer, songwriter, and dancer, I strive to just be the most authentic version of myself that I can be. I’ve found that it takes too much effort to hold back on my creativity or to be like someone else. Therefore, I choose to let my art speak fully and truthfully. My style is original, and even if someone may not agree, I stand firm in who I am and what I offer. I’m most proud of taking the leap of faith to fully pursue my music career and constantly being excited about the journey ahead. Although some days are admittedly easier than others, it is in how we choose to deal with those challenges that matter the most. My brand focuses on being yourself and finding ways to consistently improve. I’d like the world to know who I am and that I’m here to stay!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston is hands down one of the most beautiful and fun-loving cities in the states. If a friend was coming to town I’d definitely take them to Buffalo Bayou Park to see one of our most sprawling and lush green spaces. Then we’d head to the Menil Collection in the Museum District followed by attending a play at Miller Outdoor Theater. I’d take them to the Galleria area to visit the mall, the Water Wall, and pick up a cupcake from Crave Cupcakes. From there, I’d take them to a few restaurants around town like Taste Bar + Kitchen or Brennan’s of Houston. And for the night we would visit Present Company or go for live music at Wicklow Heights. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a fun-filled week to me!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my mother, Lois, for being continued support throughout my music career. Since childhood, she has always encouraged me to keep striving and to keep singing, so I’d like to acknowledge the major role she has played in my success. From my mom and dad being my first vocal coaches to her being a “momager” to simply being my main cheerleader, I’d like to say Thank You for always cheering me on and guiding me in my success.
Other: TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeyXGN5Y/