People of all ages love good music and the talented singers who bring it to life. Southern Californian Bonnie Bowden is one special songstress who has dedicated her life to entertaining audiences worldwide with her beautiful voice.
Gracing multitudes with her skillful and passionate renditions of legendary hits, such as those in “The Great American Song Book” created between the early 1920s through the mid-1980s by composers and lyricists like Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Johnny Mercer, Stephen Sondheim, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, Bowden’s spectacular musical performances keep these greats alive.
Her love of music began as a toddler when her mother gave her the soundtrack album “The King and I.” Three-year-old Bonnie fell in love with the album and set to performing every song for anyone who would listen.
Thus began her lifelong, self-taught journey in music that has taken her around the world singing everything from jazz to show tunes, pop, bossa nova, blues and amazingly, opera. This musical savant with a four-octave range began her professional music career when she moved from her native Texas to California, where at age 18, she landed a gig singing at Disneyland. Performing on the Tomorrowland Terrace with soon-to-be husband and world-class guitarist David Amaro, she was recruited by Sergio Mendes and began a career recording and touring the world as lead singer of Brasil ’77 and Brasil ‘88.
Today finds Bonnie and her husband living in the Conejo Valley. She performs her One Woman Show throughout Southern California at various events and venues such as performing arts centers, senior centers, fundraisers and the Motion Picture & Television Fund, an annual favorite where she entertains retired film and television professionals.
“The One Woman Show has been a great joy,” says Bowden. “It allows me to blend all the styles of music that I love in a one-hour performance including jazz, pop, Broadway, Brazilian and classical. I sing in eight languages and in addition to the One Woman Show, I love performing with big bands, small bands and jazz combos.”
Whether singing with a professional orchestra such as The Late Nite Big Band or a jazz quartet comprised of world-class musicians such as Hubert Laws, Llew Matthews and Rickey Woodard, Bowden gives audiences a performance worthy of the legendary songs she sings.
Her amazing voice, perfect pitch and innate musical sensibility, along with the demands she places on herself when she performs and her ability to convey the emotional connection she has with her songs makes Bowden a great performer and a technically accomplished singer.
For more information about Bowden and her upcoming appearances, visit her website, BonnieBowden.com, where CDs are also available for purchase, and her Facebook page at Facebook.com/BonnieBowdenSinger.