In the late 80’s, early 90’s and long before the introduction of vocal groups Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry & Little Big Town, Baillie & The Boys were supplying U.S. radio stations with a steady string of country hits, sharing the airwaves with pop country contemporaries including Highway 101, Restless Heart, The Desert Rose Band, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Southern Pacific and Shenandoah. Responsible for introducing the east coast Pop sound to country music, Baillie & The Boys delivered male-female harmonies with a signature sound that was both warm and organic and still unmatched today.
The lead singer, Kathie Baillie, began singing in church at age 5 and grew up under the musical influence of greats like The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, The Hollies and others. In 1973, she met future husband and band member Michael Bonagura while she was living in Wilmington, Delaware working as a secretary at a leasing company.
“I was the kind of kid that brought my guitar to work every day and instead of going out to lunch with the executives, I was there writing songs and singing,” she says.
Like Kathie, Michael had also been passionate about music—so passionate, in fact, that music was the one thing capable of altering his future direction. Fondly recalling a time from his childhood, Michael describes frequently pedaling his bicycle past a home in Springfield, New Jersey, where he would stop dead in his tracks.
“I kept hearing this amazing music coming from one particular house and I’d stop and just sit for hours and listen,” he admits—finding out later that it was coming from the home of the great Carole King and her husband Gerry Goffin. >>Read More