Women You Should Know: Bonnie Raitt.

Bluesy badass, Bonnie Raitt

Really, all you need to know about the one Ms. Bonnie Raitt is that she’s a BAMF.

But I’ll explain.

Officially, Bonnie (yeah, we’re cool like that) is a blues singer/songwriter. And I’d probably know very little about her if it weren’t for my mom loving her music and exposing me to it at a young age. I can recall many sing-a-longs in the car with my mom to Bonnie’s 10th Album (released in 1989, when I was only 4), “Nick of Time.”

The album is packed with some of my favorites including “Love Letter,” “Nobody’s Girl,” and “Have a Heart,” but I really love the title track.

The album hit the Billboard 200 chart, and won 3 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. In 2003, it was listed as one of Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums of all time.

In 2000, Bonnie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

While it’s no doubt I love Bonnie’s music—if my neighbors ever file a complaint on me, it will be because I blasted some Bonnie too loud holding one of my lip-syncing concerts for myself, complete with broom handle mic—what I love most about this woman is her resiliency.

She’s conquered her own drug and alcohol abuse (staying clean since ’87), survived the deaths of her parents, brother, and best friend, and a divorce.

She truly is a force to be reckoned with.

“She does anything she wants, anytime she wants to, with anyone, you know she wants it all.”

—Bonnie Raitt, Nobody’s Girl

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