Official Biography (courtesy of Onita)
Onita Boone is a seasoned stage performer, who learned her craft in church. She is widely known in America, especially the New York Metropolitan area where she was featured in a number of Broadway, and Off Broadway productions, including “Arms too Short to Box With God”, The Rapture”, “Mamma I Want to Sing” and “The Blacker The Berry The Sweeter the Juice.”
Oni, as she is affectionately known was born and reared in the upstate community of Newburgh, New York. She attended The Newburgh Free Academy H.S. and was recognized not only her academic and sport achievements, but for her vocal ability as well
Onita sang her first solo at the age of three, wrote her first song at the age of 8 and recorded her first song at the age of nine. She has shared the stage with a number of artists, including Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, George Michael, Jennifer Holliday, Stephanie Mills, Teddy Pendergrass, The Clark Sisters, Bill Cosby, Take Six, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Faith No More, Jonathan Butler and a multitude of others.
Onita’s songwriting ability is so well received that she has collaborated with very well known producers both in America and abroad. She has written songs for a number of firms and artists among them, BMW, DaimlerChrysler (for whom she wrote the theme song for their global concert and introduction of the new Mercedes C class),The United States Air Force, Citroen and many others.
The artists for whom she has written include Newburgh Free Academy Gospel recording alumni choir, Dennis Brown (the late Jamaican star), Gregory Isaccs, Brownstone, Mary J. Blige, En Vogue and a host of others.
Onita relocated to Germany in 1997 and has amassed a consistent and extensive fan following.
Within a few years she had become a well respected member of the European music scene in Germany and abroad, which is proven by frequent touring, recording and production activities with artists like Udo Jürgens, Nils Landgren, Sarah Connor, Samy DeLuxe, DJ Tatana and radio orchestras like the WDR Big Band.
In 2003 and 2005 Onita also proved her skills in the Jazz genre, when she was asked to perform with the Bochum Symphonic Orchestra and her Jazz trio for various occasions. The performances became a great success and showed her great affinity for the famous singers of the Great American Songbook like Ella Fitzgerald and Patti Austin.
From 2007 on, Onita began sharing her experience, becoming a vocal coach for many professional singers and Musical actors. That experience led her to be casted for a TV show called “The Winner Is…” in 2011. She landed in the final and lea and managed to show not only her extraordinary vocal skills but also her mental/emotional stamina, when she turned down €100.000,00 in cash and chose to take a chance on the audience’s vote and risked losing everything for a chance to win 1 Mio. instead, shouting out :“… no guts – no glory…”– and won!
Onita should make this her motto, since it is this trust in her own strength that made her become the extraordinary singer she is today.
No wonder her debut album which was released by Universal Music Germany in August 2012 contains no less than eight of her own compositions that are equally as catchy as her versions of some world hits on the same CD. This is clearly not going to be her last release, because Onita’s music and vocal experience is a never ceasing source of creativity.