Bonnie Stewart Honors Her Home in New ‘Magnolia’ Music Video [Exclusive Premiere]
Bonnie Stewart's "Magnolia" is a lyrical tribute to her home, and her music video is a simple homage, too. The new clip is premiering exclusively on The Boot; press play below to watch.
The Kevin Kneeland-directed video finds Stewart — who wrote the song — walking a stunning bit of countryside. Interspersed with these scenic shots is footage of the singer surrounded by old family photos, taken by her photographer father.
"["Magnolia"] is an homage to where I come from, my family and friends, and I wanted the video to convey that," Stewart tells The Boot. "My dad ... always had a camera in my face when I was little. My most prized possessions are those photos. They perfectly symbolized the part of the song that says '... it's your voice that calls me each time I leave.'
"No matter where I go or where this career takes me," she adds, "I'll always feel pulled home."
A South Carolina native whose family moved around often, Stewart began writing songs at the age of nine — the same year her parents got divorced — after she used her birthday money to buy a cheap electric guitar from a pawn shop. She moved to Nashville halfway through college, enrolled at Belmont University and began playing around town.
Stewart — who is signed to Struggle Jennings' Angels & Outlaws record label — worked with producer and songwriter Oscar Charles to create her debut EP, Magnolia, and wrote all six of its songs herself. "At the end of the day, if I strip back all of the production of my songs, can I sit and play the song alone, and it still means something? That's always been my goal," the singer shares.
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