“Professional singing has been by lifetime passion. I have sung all my life.” Bonnie started singing at age 3 and names greats Doris Day, Ray Charles, Aretha Frankline, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, Brenda Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Pitney and Sarah Vaughn with inspiring her love of music.
While none of her family members sang or played instruments, music played a big part in Bonnie’s childhood. “My parents loved music. The radio was on all day every day,” she recalls. “When I was 3 years old, my parents discovered I was memorizing every song I heard and singing along with Pop, Rock ‘n Roll, Broadway, Classical and Jazz. I would gladly put on an impromptu show for anyone who would listen, … anywhere … anytime… whether it be in our living room for my parents’ friends, or in a department store or restaurant for complete strangers,” laughs Bonnie.
Bonnie describes her love of singing by quoting one of her idols, Ella Fitzgerald: “The only thing better than singing is … more singing!” Bonnie adds, “When I’m singing, I go to another world. I’m up in the clouds and it feels too marvelous for words.” She believes anything is possible, as Walt Disney said: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” She tells aspiring musicians that success is found in passion. “To be a survivor in this crazy business of music, one must love performing above all else.”