Los Angeles, California, USA

Vonyse has toured with Gomez & Cake, been featured on Fox National News, Named by House of Blues as one of the top 5 new artists of 2006, and chosen as Jane Magazine's one of the top unsigned female artists. Her music is straight from the soul - not following rules, but making her own.


Alter - to make different in some particular, as size, style, course, or the like; modify:.

Native - remaining or growing in a natural state; unadorned or unchanged

Soul - the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.

These three words encompass the music and lifeline of Vonyse, the singer, activist, designer, filmmaker and human being. Vonyse was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her mother and grandmother constantly played music around the house and it was always a big part of her life. She later joined a church choir which led her to many contests, tours and events.

In her teens Vonyse moved to southern California for college. There she began getting serious about music, playing in bands Delta Nove and Homemade Gravy. She toured the country playing colleges and sharing the stage with bands like The Black Eyed Peas and Ozomatli.

In 2005, Vonyse released her first solo album When Sleeping Giants Wake. The album was met with great critical success. She joined the Virgin Mega College tour and played 30 dates with Gomez and Cake across the country. She continued playing dates in California and surrounding areas opening for acts like Mariah Carey, Chaka Kahn, Isaac Hayes, Pat Benetar, Morris Day, Erykah Badu and many others.

Disillusioned with the music business, she stopped touring in 2006 and went back to her artistic side - designing websites for artists like the John Lennon, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx and a variety of others. In early 2009 like a phoenix rising from the ashes – Vonyse returned to music with a renewed spirit.

She began writing new songs and the hunger to share her musical vision with the world returned. She began studying the very essence of music and letting her creativity flow. To quote Vonyse “I just want to share my journey and music is one of my outlets”

2010 also marked the return of Vonyse to the stage as she kicked off her first round of shows at Austin’s South By Southwest conference. Vonyse’s future is certain – with her unique brand of Altered Native Soul and her incredible voice it's not a question of will she shine, it's a matter of how bright you can take the glow.


"A different kind of soul" Billboard Magazine

"One of the top Female Artists in America." Jane Magazine

• Vonyse released her debut CD When Sleeping Giants Wake independently in April 2005.

• Vonyse named as one of the top new artists in America in “One’s to Watch” program by House of Blues Entertainment

• Featured in House of Blues Podcast series with over 10,000 streams via itunes, yahoo podcasts and podcast alley

• Vonyse Featured in National News Piece by Fox News

• National press featuring AOL Music, Billboard and Music Connection.

• Myspace profile with 3500 friends and over 16,000 music listens

• Vonyse sang the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium August 2006

• When Sleeping Giants Wake is available nationally at all Virgin Mega Store outlets and was featured on the “Virgin College Mega Tour” endcap April and May of 2005.

• Vonyse appeared on the Virgin Mega College Tour with Cake and Gomez. Playing to over 20 college markets including Chicago, Denver, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

• Vonyse has peformed in-stores at Virgin Megastores & other Record Stores across the country.

• Vonyse and has performed at over 50 colleges, 30 festivals and several clubs drawing sold out culturally diverse audiences.

• Vonyse has been featured on CD compilations from Jane Magazine, The Knitting Factory and Sonic Bids.

• Music featured in independent films “Actress” and “Triple Minority” both widely seen on television and film festivals world-wide.

• Vonyse was featured in McDonald’s “Are You Mac Enough” promotion. Vonyse’s song “Doing Thangs” was available for free download during the promotion and was the #4 most downloaded song. Over 500,000 customers participated in the “Are You Mac Enough” promotion.

• Vonyse is currently sponsored by MAC Make-up, Puma, Rubios Baja Grill and Zappos.com

• Vonyse was nominated for a NAACP award in 2004 for her work in the play In the Blood

• Vonyse has performed for over 100,000 people with artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, Erykah Badu, Jessica Simpson, The Roots, India.Arie, Jurassic 5, Chaka Kahn, Ozomatli, Gladys Knight, Vivian Green, and Isaac Hayes.

• Performed at festivals such as Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI), Old Town Pasadena Soul Fest (Pasadena, CA,) and NARM

• Performed at venues such as House of Blues, Knitting Factory, Gibson Amphitheater, Lion’s Den (New York, NY) and World Café Live (Philadelphia, PA)

Set List

60-90 Minute set containing Originals and a few select covers.