There aren't a lot of singers out there who have to tour around the country introducing themselves to people when a song they wrote is #1 on the chart. But that's exactly the odd position that Bonnie McKee finds herself in right now.
Bonnie co-wrote Katy Perry 's chart-topping smash "Roar," and she's also co-written many other hits, such as Katy's "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Part of Me" and "Wide Awake"; Britney Spears ' "Hold It Against Me" and Taio Cruz 's "Dynamite." But it's been years since she's actually recorded and released her own material, so she's not known as a singer in her own right. Now, though, she's rising up the charts with her hit " American Girl " -- but she insists she never feels that she should be exempt from doing all the difficult promotional work that brand-new artists do.
"Never, no, no! This is is such an important part of it, and I really enjoy meeting everybody, so, no, I definitely never feel that way," she tells ABC News Radio. "I think, you know, I'm gonna have to pay my dues just like everybody else. So even though I've been paying my dues behind the scenes, this is all totally a new ballgame. So I just think of it as a fresh start, and I just gotta start from the ground up!"
If the promo grind ever gets too tough, though, she can cheer herself up with the thought of the success of "Roar." "It's never old hat...It never gets old," she says of scoring yet another #1 single. "Every time I hear something that I wrote on the radio, I turn it up, you know? It's really exciting."
"I mean, it's so rare. I'm so, so lucky," she adds. "I really am just blessed. So I never want to take that for granted."
How did Bonnie and Katy celebrate the success of "Roar"? Well, they haven't had a chance to do anything together yet, since they're both so busy these days.
"I think she's celebrating by just, like, traveling all over the country doing her thing, and, you know, popping out of gold trucks and stuff!" Bonnie laughs. "I think we're both really hard at work, so, we'll celebrate when we win something [for writing the song], hopefully one day."
As far as writing her own hit, "American Girl," Bonnie says it was easy, since many of the lyrics are autobiographical. But what makes an "American Girl," in her opinion?
"Well, every girl's different," explains Bonnie. "I think there are different kinds of American girls. But, um, overall I'd like to say 'free.' I think it's important that we don't take for granted the rights that we have, and the freedoms that we have, because there's still places in the world where we don't have that. So I'd say a free girl is an American girl."
You'll be able to hear Bonnie sing "American Girl," plus songs from her upcoming album and some of the hits she wrote for others, on her tour with the Jonas Brothers next month.
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