Bonne Finken and Ladysoal

Cole Komma

Two powerhouse female vocalists, Bonne Finken and Ladysoal, will shake the foundation of DG’s Tap House this Saturday, Sept. 14, at 9 p.m. The first time these two played for each other was earlier this week, and Sharika Sawyer, lead singer of Ladysoal, described it as full of energy.

“It’s been great, [Bonne] has a powerhouse voice, powerhouse presence on stage. She’s really shy in person, but on stage like, woah Mama,” Sawyer said.

Fans of Ladysoal will be pleased to hear that Sawyer will be returning to the studio to record her own projects.

“My newest project that I’ve been working on is me getting back in the studio and trying to have music. It’s been years since I’ve put out an album,” Sawyer said. “So I asked my friend, Akil, who is an MC in the group Jurassic 5, if he would do a song with me. And I honestly didn’t think he’d say yes. But he did.”

Sawyer is planning on recording two songs with Akil and one with his new band, Four Dub.

Des Moines native Bonne Finken did not start her career as a performer of music but a writer of hooks. Finken started her career by writing hooks for hip-hop songs.

“I started off writing hip-hop hooks. That was a total of eight years ago,” Finken says. “Since then I’ve actually progressed into writing full songs, lyrics and melodies, and now I actually write music.” 

Finken’s first lyrical endeavor began in her early teens when she purchased the Smashing Pumpkin’s dual album, “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.”

“Track 1 on CD 1 is just instrumental. And I actually wrote a song to the instrumental,” Finken said. “That was probably the first time it hit me like ‘oh I can up with words and melodies to music’.”

But it was one monumental event that would change Finken’s view of music forever. In the early 2000s, Finken was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

“When I got diagnosed, everything became more vivid,” Finken says. “I became very aware of everything, and then I was told it was 100 percent gone — it was like someone dangling you over a building and then pulling you back.”

Given a second chance, Finken was released from the hospital and went straight to a band audition. Finken was hired and was soon doing as many as 40 songs a night at every performance. She’s never lost her voice.

Finken truly believes there is talent everywhere and wants to prove that just because someone is not from Los Angeles doesn’t mean they cannot make it.

“I believe anybody can be talented anywhere in the world. I don’t understand why they think you can’t be as talented if you’re not from LA or New York City,” Finken said “one side of me is nervous and says ‘oh man you have to move.’ But the other side of me says you can’t tell me where to live. I can do what I do from wherever I want. There’s almost a rebellious side in me that wants to prove I’m gonna make it and I’m going to make it here.”