Hi, I’m Bonnie Piesse! I grew up in Melbourne, Australia and now live in the US.
I have many interests in life, which all seem to revolve around knowing myself and expressing the depths of that knowing through music and acting (and various other art forms). Hopefully my work resonates with people and inspires them to connect more deeply and be true to themselves.
As an actor, I’ve been very fortunate to work in a number of TV shows and films in Australia and the US. I’m best known for playing the young Beru in ‘Star Wars’ Episodes II and III and am constantly amazed and forever grateful for the opportunities that role has opened up in my life. When I was first cast, I had no idea what it meant to be a part of the ‘Star Wars’ universe, but over the years I’ve met thousands of fans around the world and have really come to appreciate the significance of it. I’m also pretty proud to be able to say “I raised Luke Skywalker” :)
As a singer songwriter, I spent my early 20s in LA, Nashville and San Francisco co-writing with some pretty amazing songwriters, including Eric Kaz, Bonnie Hayes, Jack Tempchin, Pat Bunch, Teresa Suber and J.D. Souther. Working with them was a profound education and has very much shaped how I craft my music.
I’ve had songs and compositions featured in various TV Shows and films (‘Life Unexpected’, ‘The Three Hikers’, ‘Expecting’, ‘Grantham and Rose’, ‘Encender El Corazon’ and the web-series ‘Nova’) and in 2013 my song ‘Ariella’ won the singer songwriter category of the UK songwriting contest.
In 2015 ‘Bittersweet EP’ was nominated for an Independent Music Award and in 2016 I got to be on the judging panel for the awards alongside Amy Lee, Tom Waits, Dido, Suzanne Vega, Ben Lee, Shelby Lynn and many more.
Recently I’ve started producing my own music (thanks to the encouragement of my husband) and am working on a new album. It’s so empowering to discover what I can create on my own and I’m excited to say that the songs are sounding very emotional and cinematic in a way I’ve never been able to capture before. It’s still a work in progress but I’m looking forward to sharing pieces of it in early 2017.
I also have a couple of exciting film projects in the works for 2017—I’ll share more soon!