Durban Girl is Annie Bonsignore’s 3rd album, and first major studio album with full band. It’s her first collaboration with producer Fred Mollin, and pulls together many of Annie’s strongest influences: folk, pop, country, and inspirational.

Artist:  Annie Bonsignore

Date: May 2018

Producer: Fred Mollin

What I initially thought would be a pipe dream of working with Fred Mollin has finally become a reality. After that very first day where I met Fred over a fried chicken and brazenly asked him if he’d produce my next cd, to our next coffee encounter the following day where I insisted on singing for him in the parking lot of a Nashville strip mall, a special friendship was formed and arrangements were made for us to work together. What a journey this in itself has been.

There were times over the last year when I thought I may have to say ‘no’ to doing this album due to funding…but in those many moments of uncertainty, I had an overwhelming surety that somehow the money would come. And if by pure chance and serendipity, it did come. And in miraculous ways, the album got made. This record wouldn’t have been possible without all of the beautiful souls who contributed so much to it. So many tiny little pieces came together, and each little step, inching slowly forward, became a path. I hope that the music inspires you in times of darkness and light.

A very special thanks to everyone who made this dream come alive. To my co-writers John Hemingway and Kevin Sokolnicki, you guys rock! Mike Tompa for the countless hours in studio, Dave Salley for knowing exactly what to do, Paul Dutton for your encouragement and invaluable support of this project, and Jim and Nancy Culver who have become my ‘Nashville family’. To my mom and dad back in Durban, my eternal thanks for the incredible gift of music. Additional thanks to: Shawn Aarons, Mark Aulakh, Diane Basnicki, Sarah Bonsignore, Matthew Boukydis, Sam Broverman, Al Brown, Scott Carr, Brad Cole, Ori Dagan, Jean Doench, Paul Dutton, Sarah Farres, Andy Frost, Marshall Goodman, Jim & Carol Harrison, John Hemingway, Janice Ho, Arthur Holt, Keith Kerbler, Raymond Hamilton Irwin, Toni & John Lyng, Carl Lyons, Mike MacInnes, Joel Maxwell, Max Moore, Dunstan Morey, Paul Odette, Dragan Pekic, Colleen Ross, Mike Tharin, Valerie Thompson, Terry Seay, Rob Waite, Bernard Yeung Jr, and particularly Godin Guitars and Snapd Magazine for your support!

Stu Harrison, for the countless hours of work on every aspect of this project, and your unwavering belief that I could and should be doing this. I could not have done it without you. THANK YOU! And finally, I need to thank Fred Mollin. Fred, your incredible generosity and wisdom gave me the push and confidence I needed to get this music out there. You took me under your wing and helped me craft something that I’m very, very proud of. I’m looking forward to the next one! And to all who are touched by this music in any way, I hope that the love and messages of hope, strength, and healing that went into its making helps to affect your life in a positive way. Enjoy the music 🙂

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9: Recorded by Dave Salley at The Sound Emporium, Nashville TN. Mixed by Dave Salley at Forthouse, Nashville TN.

Tracks 3, 5, 8, 10: Recorded and mixed by Mike Tompa at MERRIAM Productions, Toronto

Nashville Musicians: Piano/Keyboards – Gary Prim; Acoustic Guitars: John Willis, Fred Mollin; Electric Guitars: John WIllis; Bass: Larry Paxton; Drums & Percussion: Paul Leim

Toronto Musicians: Piano/Keyboards: Stu Harrison, Annie Bonsignore; Percussion / Drums: Jamie Bird & Annie Bonsignore; Violin: Natalie Wong

All vocals and vocal arrangements by Annie Bonsignore. All vocals recorded by Mike Tompa at MERRIAM Productions, Toronto ON.

All tracks mastered by Casey Wood at The Insanery, Nashville, TN

Durban Girl Inside Right Cover
Durban Girl Inside Left Cover

Music and lyrics by Annie Bonsignore (Tracks 1 – 5, 7 – 10)

Track 2 – Additional Lyrics by John Hemingway

Track 4 – Music & Lyrics by David Clayton-THomas and George Koller

Track 6 – Music and Lyrics by Annie Bonsignore and Kevin Sokolnicki

All tracks produced by Fred Mollin except Track 10. Track 10 produced by Annie Bonsignore.

Lyrics And Track Info

Be Careful What You Wish For
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Music & Lyrics By: Annie Bonsignore

Album: Durban Girl

Be Careful What You Wish For

What has happened to mankind
Chasing money for sensations
Building cities in the skies
As we search for peace through our desires

Let’s love each other and find peace from all the pain
Let’s be a little kinder and maybe then we’ll see the change
So be careful what you wish for

Envy, anger, misery
That is not what makes us stronger
In this race to reach the top, what’s become of our true nature

To love each other and find peace from all the pain
To be a little kinder, maybe then you’ll see the change
So be careful what you wish for
Be careful what you wish for

We always want what we can’t have
Just let go of expectations
Be forgiving of yourself, just believe
The things we seek are deep within us

To love each other and find peace from all the pain
To be a little kinder, maybe then you’ll see the change
So be careful what you wish for
Be careful what you wish for

Ooooh Ooooh
Be careful what you wish for
Ooooh Ooooh
Be careful what you wish for

Let Me Go

Let Me Go

Lying by my side
The love in your eyes
How can I explain that it’s time to break away

Let me go, give me time
To be alone
To find out who I am
And you should know
I hope you understand
We’re on a broken road
So it’s time to let me go

Please don’t ask why
No, you won’t understand
I simply have to try to live while I still can

So let me go, give me time
To be alone
To find out who I am
And you should know
I hope you understand
We’re on a broken road
So it’s time to let me go
I leave you now to escape this darkness
How could you not see
We were finished before we started, started to be real

Let me go, so clear that now’s the time
To be alone, to find out who I am
And you should know, I hope you undertstand
We’re on a broken road
So it’s time to let me go

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Lyrics By: Annie Bonsignore & John Hemingway

Music By: Annie Bonsignore

Album: Durban Girl

Out Of My Head
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Music & Lyrics By: Annie Bonsignore

Album: Durban Girl

Out Of My Head

Late at night when I’m all alone
Memories oh they haunt me
I’ll break the spell, because I know too well
I’m stronger living without you

Out of my head, let’s not pretend that we found love
You are erased, you’re not a memory, lost love
Out of my head it’s not the end of me, you’ll see
I may be hurting now but you won’t get the better of me

Go away, you’re too little too late
I know you never meant to hurt me
My hearts black and blue, now I don’t want you
Please don’t call me again

Out of my head, let’s not pretend that we found love
You are erased, you’re not a memory, lost love
Out of my head it’s not the end of me, you’ll see
I may be hurting now but you won’t get the better of me

If only, you would just disappear out of my mind
If only, letting go could be easier tonight
Oh Oh Oh Oh

Out of my head, let’s not pretend that we found love
You are erased, you’re not a memory, lost love
Out of my head it’s not the end of me, you’ll see
I may be hurting now but you won’t get the better of me

The better of me
The better of me
The better of me

What Might Have Been
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Lyrics and Music: David Clayton-Thomas & George Koller

Album: Durban Girl

What Might Have Been

Seems like only yesterday we were forever
How we let it slip away so carelessly
Oh what might have been, had we known
We would never be like this again
Ever again

Have you ever wondered why we didn’t make it
It isn’t like we didn’t try, God knows we tried
Oh what might have been, you and I
But we were both so young back then
Too young to know oh

Fair is fair, truth or dare
First it’s there, then it’s gone
Fair is fair, truth or dare
First it’s there, then it’s gone

While you’re busy making other plans
Life just happens
Building castles in the sand with the tide rolling in
Oh what might have been, we’ll never know
If we could do it all again
Oh would it change, I just don’t know
Oh what might have been
We’ll never know
If we could do it all again
Oh would it change, I just don’t know

Walk With Me
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Music & Lyrics By: Annie Bonsignore

Album: Durban Girl

Walk With Me

I have a dream that one day when I close my eyes
all that I will see is you
Every day will be brand new, you’d touch my skin
I’d melt within to be with you

Walk with me, I’ll dance if you will lead
You’re the one, baby be mine

Oh how I long to stroke my fingers through your hair
Tell you that I’ve cared all this time
I hope you’ll let my heart begin
To feel the love I know is within, always

Walk with me, I’ll dance if you will lead
You’re the one, baby be mine
Baby be mine

Silver Lining
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Music & Lyrics By: Annie Bonsignore & Kevin Sokolnicki

Album: Durban Girl

Silver Lining

There once was a girl, her name was Grace
She lived her life defined by her mistakes
She’d look up and all she’d see were stormy skies
Or at least that’s what it felt like through her eyes

The world around her ashen gray
From bridges she burnt along the way

Waking up from a dream can be harder than it seems
When she’s not strong enough, all that can bring her back is love
Help her see the silver lining above

Deeper and deeper she goes
Sitting at rock bottom before she knows
To look up and see the sky is clear again
And her journey through dark days may soon end

Will you be there to take her hand?
Lifting the vail you help her stand

Waking up from a dream can be harder than it seems
When you’re not strong enough, what can bring you back is love

When I’m not strong enough
Will you bring me back with love?
When I’m not strong enough
Will you bring me back with love?
Help me see the silver lining above

Fingerprints
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Music & Lyrics By: Annie Bonsignore

Album: Durban Girl

Fingerprints

All these people living in their pain, become lost in time
I was searching, now it’s making sense
The time is now, the time is now

Felt the fall, heard the call, saw the signs
Shimmering lights all over me
A work of art that’s what we are shining bright
Fingerprints all over me

What you give is what you get you see
Share your heart, share your love
There are reasons for everyone we meet
All a part of who we are

Felt the fall, heard the call, saw the signs
Shimmering lights all over me
A work of art that’s what we are shining bright
With this love surrounding me

Me, Me

Saved me, forgave me
You can see the signs if you open up your eyes
Saved me forgave me
Help me live between the lines, between the lines

I had to fall to hear the call, feel the light
This light of love all over me
A work of art is what we are shining bright
With this grace surrounding me

I had to fall to hear the call, feel the light
This light of love all over me
A work of art is what we are
With this love surrounding me

With This Ring
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Music & Lyrics By: Annie Bonsignore

Album: Durban Girl

With This Ring

As I stand here and I look into your eyes
There’s no reason to disquise this love that we share
You’re my future, you’re my strength my heart and soul
And I give to you my hand to hold

With this ring I am yours and forever I will hold you
Keep you safe from the tears and I’ll love you ‘til the end of time
I will love you ‘til the stars fall from the sky
This dream will never die, baby it’s true

You’re the answer to a prayer I’ve always known
And I’ll never be alone with you by my side

With this ring I am yours and forever I will hold you
Keep you safe from the tears and I’ll love you ‘til the end of time
You and I will always be the sun touching the sea
You know it now, somewhere, somehow
God brought you to me

With this ring I am yours and forever I will hold you
Keep you safe from the tears and I’ll love you ‘til the end of time

With this ring I am yours and forever I will hold you
Keep you safe from the tears and I’ll love you ‘til the end of time

I will love you forever

Serenity
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Music & Lyrics By: Annie Bonsignore

Album: Durban Girl

Serenity

Will we be set free when all our time done?
Is this one big dream that we wake up from?
Use your time wisely, be kind to those you love and those you don’t
Accept the things you can not change
Life’s full of twists and turns, you’ll never know…

Dangerous game, choosing our way
With every breath we take
None of us have a long stay

Use your time wisely, be kind to those you love and those you don’t
Don’t forget to love yourself, fight your fears and let them go

Let life surprise you and you will realise you’re not alone
Let your heart guide you
If you listen close, then you will know

Have A Little Faith
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Lyrics and Music By: Annie Bonsignore

Album: Durban Girl

Have A Little Faith

As I stand here and I look into your eyes
There’s no reason to disquise this love that we share
You’re my future, you’re my strength my heart and soul
And I give to you my hand to hold

With this ring I am yours and forever I will hold you
Keep you safe from the tears and I’ll love you ‘til the end of time
I will love you ‘til the stars fall from the sky
This dream will never die, baby it’s true

You’re the answer to a prayer I’ve always known
And I’ll never be alone with you by my side

With this ring I am yours and forever I will hold you
Keep you safe from the tears and I’ll love you ‘til the end of time
You and I will always be the sun touching the sea
You know it now, somewhere, somehow
God brought you to me

With this ring I am yours and forever I will hold you
Keep you safe from the tears and I’ll love you ‘til the end of time

With this ring I am yours and forever I will hold you
Keep you safe from the tears and I’ll love you ‘til the end of time

I will love you forever