Bonnie Tyler, born Gaynor Hopkins, was brought up in Skewen, a small village near Swansea. She grew up to become one of Wales’ best known performers, achieving chart success all over the world. Her instantly recognisable husky voice was developed as a result from an operation to remove nodules from her vocal folds in the mid-70s.
As a teenager Bonnie was influenced by the biggest female voices of the 1960s, including Tina Turner and Janis Joplin. She was discovered by talent scout Roger Bell in 1974, shortly before RCA Records offered her a recording contract. Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe became her managers and producers during the late 70’s, who marketed her as a Country singer.
Bonnie’s breakthrough hit was “Lost in France”, which was a huge hit in Europe. In 1978 she released “It’s a Heartache”, which became her first hit single in America. In the following year Bonnie represented the UK at the World Popular Song Festival in Japan, where she won the Grand Prix International prize with “Sitting On the Edge of the Ocean”.
After releasing four albums between 1976 and 1981, Bonnie’s contract with RCA terminated. She signed with CBS Records in 1982, and began working with Jim Steinman on two albums. Faster Than the Speed of Night contains the multi-platinum selling power ballad “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, which joined “It’s a Heartache” in being one of the best-selling singles of all time. The album placed at number 4 in the US, while in the UK it replaced Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut at number 1.
Her success in this period led to three Grammy Award nominations, including a performance of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at the ceremony in 1984. Later that year, Bonnie was asked to record “Holding Out for a Hero”, written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford, for the Footloose soundtrack. She also recorded the Grammy-nominated song “Here She Comes” for a remake of the 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis, written by Giorgio Moroder.
Bonnie’s second album with Jim Steinman, Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire, was released in 1986. It was highly successful in Europe, reaching the top 20 in numerous countries, including number 1 in Norway. The album featured songs by Steinman, Bryan Adams and Desmond Child. In the UK, it reached number 24, but it failed to break the top 100 in America. Two years later, she released her final album with CBS, Hide Your Heart, which debuted several songs that would become hits for artists including Kiss, Cher and Tina Turner.
The end of the 80s resulted in another change in style for Bonnie. She signed with the German label Hansa Records, collaborating with producer Dieter Bohlen, who penned her Europop hit “Bitterblue”. In 1995 she reunited with Jim Steinman to record “Making Love (Out of Nothing At All)”. Success in Europe peaked again in 2003 when Bonnie released a bilingual version of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” with French singer Kareen Antonn, which topped the charts in France and Belgium for several weeks.
During the mid-2000’s Bonnie continued to work in France with Jean Lahcene, who produced two albums for her, as well as her first concert DVD Bonnie on Tour.
In 2013, Bonnie released country-rock album Rocks and Honey, featuring “Believe in Me” which was chosen as the UK’s Eurovision Song Contest entry.
Bonnie is currently working on a new album in Nashville with John Carter Cash. Keep checking our website for updates.