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Bonnie Raitt

Grammy-winning Country and Blues singer known for hits like "I Can't Make You Love Me"

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Bonnie Raitt headed to the East Coast for college at Radcliffe, eager to leap into the social turmoil of the 1960s. She once said, "I couldn't wait to get back to where there were folkies and the antiwar and Civil Rights movements. There were so many great music and political scenes going on in the late '60s in Cambridge."

Alongside her interest in social issues of the day, Raitt kept up with her music and often played at local coffeehouses between classes, fine-tuning her signature style -- a gritty, passionate voice coupled with skillful interpretations on the bottleneck guitar. Soon a staple of the Boston folk-and-blues circuit, she met blues promoter Dick Waterman, who would in turn introduce her to the likes of Sippie Wallace, Son House and Muddy Waters. It wasn't long before her reputation and insights into the blues guitar attracted the attention of record executives at Warner Bros.

By 1971, Raitt had released her self-titled debut album, which consisted mostly of carefully chosen covers. Her contemporary interpretations of songs like Del Shannon's "Runaway" and others by Randy Newman, John Prine and Eric Kaz impressed critics who hailed her as a prodigy. Despite her newfound status as a critical darling, Raitt struggled to find commercial success. It wasn't until 1977's "Sweet Forgiveness" that the singer had a hit. Soon thereafter, Warner Bros. and Columbia Records were locked in a bidding war to sign the rising star.

In the early 1980s, Raitt played a number of benefits that appealed to her long-held Quaker ideals. From nuclear war to apartheid, the guitarist would play for hundreds of causes throughout the years. She would go on to share bills with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, James Taylor and Jackson Browne.

Still lacking the commercial success to match her critical acclaim, Raitt continued to experiment musically. It wasn't until 1989 that she would really make her commercial breakthrough. Working with a new label (Capitol Records), Raitt hit her stride, smoothing out the kinks in her style to strike a successful balance between commercial and critical success.

"Nick of Time" earned the songstress three Grammy Awards in 1990, and she won another award for a duet with John Lee Hooker. The album rose all the way to the top of the charts, selling 4 million copies. Three years later, Raitt and producer Don Was struck platinum again with "Luck of the Draw," winning more Grammy Awards and critical accolades. The hit singles "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me" sold more than 8 million copies in the United States.

Raitt continued to release strong albums throughout the early 1990s. In 1991, she married Michael O'Keefe and, after decades of nonstop work, decided to take a break from studio recording. Traveling for fun instead of work rejuvenated Raitt, but she still took the time to collaborate with friends like Keb' Mo and Pete Seeger on musical projects, even earning a Grammy in 1996 for her work on a tribute album to Stevie Ray Vaughn. Continuing to work for favored causes such as reproductive freedom, environmental defense and health care, Raitt lent her name to a series of Fender guitars with proceeds going to inner city music programs for young girls.

In 2000, Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; three years later, she released a greatest hits album, "The Best of Bonnie Raitt" on Capitol 1989-2003. A follow-up project was a CD/DVD collaboration called Bonnie Raitt and Friends, featuring performances alongside the likes of Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, Keb' Mo and Ben Harper.

In 2009, Raitt and Taj Mahal set off on a 30-date tour across the United States, featuring duets as well as individual performances. Adding philanthropy to the mix, they also raised money for various charities by matching any donations made by ticket holders. "It's a great opportunity for all of us to raise the ante and the attention for something that needs focus. It's the cosmic food chain -- that we get so much and we give something back -- it's what we're supposed to do."

In April 2012, Raitt released her 16th studio album, "Slipstream," which went on to win various awards, including the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album.

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Bonnie Raitt - Longing In Their Hearts

Bonnie Raitt - Longing In Their Hearts

Bonnie Raitt - Luck Of The Draw (Personality)

Bonnie Raitt - Luck Of The Draw (Personality)

News
  • Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt to headline Harvey benefit concert - CBS ...

    Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are the latest celebrities to ... Harvey Relief (administered by the Greater Houston Community Fund).

  • Bonnie Raitt Digs In Deep For New Album

    Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt talks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about her new album “Dig in Deep.” The album features five songs written by Raitt, who says that she chose the title to reflect not only the grooves she and her band dig into, but also the depth of the topics she chose to write about.

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    Booking fees for Bonnie Raitt, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bonnie Raitt, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bonnie Raitt for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bonnie Raitt for your next private or corporate function.
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Bonnie Raitt

Grammy-winning Country and Blues singer known for hits like "I Can't Make You Love Me"

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Bonnie Raitt Biography

Bonnie Raitt headed to the East Coast for college at Radcliffe, eager to leap into the social turmoil of the 1960s. She once said, "I couldn't wait to get back to where there were folkies and the antiwar and Civil Rights movements. There were so many great music and political scenes going on in the late '60s in Cambridge."

Alongside her interest in social issues of the day, Raitt kept up with her music and often played at local coffeehouses between classes, fine-tuning her signature style -- a gritty, passionate voice coupled with skillful interpretations on the bottleneck guitar. Soon a staple of the Boston folk-and-blues circuit, she met blues promoter Dick Waterman, who would in turn introduce her to the likes of Sippie Wallace, Son House and Muddy Waters. It wasn't long before her reputation and insights into the blues guitar attracted the attention of record executives at Warner Bros.

By 1971, Raitt had released her self-titled debut album, which consisted mostly of carefully chosen covers. Her contemporary interpretations of songs like Del Shannon's "Runaway" and others by Randy Newman, John Prine and Eric Kaz impressed critics who hailed her as a prodigy. Despite her newfound status as a critical darling, Raitt struggled to find commercial success. It wasn't until 1977's "Sweet Forgiveness" that the singer had a hit. Soon thereafter, Warner Bros. and Columbia Records were locked in a bidding war to sign the rising star.

In the early 1980s, Raitt played a number of benefits that appealed to her long-held Quaker ideals. From nuclear war to apartheid, the guitarist would play for hundreds of causes throughout the years. She would go on to share bills with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, James Taylor and Jackson Browne.

Still lacking the commercial success to match her critical acclaim, Raitt continued to experiment musically. It wasn't until 1989 that she would really make her commercial breakthrough. Working with a new label (Capitol Records), Raitt hit her stride, smoothing out the kinks in her style to strike a successful balance between commercial and critical success.

"Nick of Time" earned the songstress three Grammy Awards in 1990, and she won another award for a duet with John Lee Hooker. The album rose all the way to the top of the charts, selling 4 million copies. Three years later, Raitt and producer Don Was struck platinum again with "Luck of the Draw," winning more Grammy Awards and critical accolades. The hit singles "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me" sold more than 8 million copies in the United States.

Raitt continued to release strong albums throughout the early 1990s. In 1991, she married Michael O'Keefe and, after decades of nonstop work, decided to take a break from studio recording. Traveling for fun instead of work rejuvenated Raitt, but she still took the time to collaborate with friends like Keb' Mo and Pete Seeger on musical projects, even earning a Grammy in 1996 for her work on a tribute album to Stevie Ray Vaughn. Continuing to work for favored causes such as reproductive freedom, environmental defense and health care, Raitt lent her name to a series of Fender guitars with proceeds going to inner city music programs for young girls.

In 2000, Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; three years later, she released a greatest hits album, "The Best of Bonnie Raitt" on Capitol 1989-2003. A follow-up project was a CD/DVD collaboration called Bonnie Raitt and Friends, featuring performances alongside the likes of Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, Keb' Mo and Ben Harper.

In 2009, Raitt and Taj Mahal set off on a 30-date tour across the United States, featuring duets as well as individual performances. Adding philanthropy to the mix, they also raised money for various charities by matching any donations made by ticket holders. "It's a great opportunity for all of us to raise the ante and the attention for something that needs focus. It's the cosmic food chain -- that we get so much and we give something back -- it's what we're supposed to do."

In April 2012, Raitt released her 16th studio album, "Slipstream," which went on to win various awards, including the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album.

Bonnie Raitt Videos

  • Bonnie Raitt - Need You Tonight [Live] - YouTube
  • Bonnie Raitt - Something To Talk About - YouTube

Bonnie Raitt Books

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  • How to book Bonnie Raitt?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bonnie Raitt for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bonnie Raitt, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bonnie Raitt or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bonnie Raitt?

    Booking fees for Bonnie Raitt, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bonnie Raitt, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bonnie Raitt?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bonnie Raitt for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bonnie Raitt for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bonnie Raitt or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bonnie Raitt or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bonnie Raitt is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bonnie Raitt for your event is $200,000 and above. Bonnie Raitt generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Chris Stapleton, The Wild Feathers, Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire and Maddie & Tae. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bonnie Raitt for an upcoming event.

Bonnie Raitt Speaker Videos

  • Bonnie Raitt - Need You Tonight [Live] - YouTube
    Bonnie Raitt - Something To Talk About - YouTube

Bonnie Raitt News

  • Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt to headline Harvey benefit concert - CBS ...

    Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are the latest celebrities to ... Harvey Relief (administered by the Greater Houston Community Fund).

  • Bonnie Raitt Digs In Deep For New Album

    Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt talks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about her new album “Dig in Deep.” The album features five songs written by Raitt, who says that she chose the title to reflect not only the grooves she and her band dig into, but also the depth of the topics she chose to write about.

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