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Gaynor Sullivan professionally known as Bonnie Tyler, has carved an indelible mark in the music industry with her distinctive husky voice and powerful performances. Tyler’s journey from a humble background to international stardom is a testament to her talent, resilience, and passion for music.
Bonnie Tyler was born on June 8, 1951, in Skewen, Neath, Wales. Her father, Glyndŵr Hopkins, worked as a coal miner and served in the Second World War, while her mother, Elsie Hopkins, was a former homemaker. Growing up in a four-bedroom council house with three sisters and two brothers, Tyler’s exposure to music was diverse, thanks to her siblings’ varied tastes, ranging from Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to the Beatles.
Tyler’s first public performance took place in a chapel, where she sang the Anglican hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful” as a child, foreshadowing the remarkable musical journey that lay ahead.
In April 1969, Tyler’s path to stardom began when she was entered into a local talent competition by her aunt. Despite coming second to an accordionist, the experience ignited her passion for singing. She initially worked as a backing singer for Bobby Wayne & the Dixies before forming her band, Imagination. To avoid confusion with Welsh folk singer Mary Hopkin, she adopted the stage name Sherene Davis.
Bonnie Tyler’s breakthrough came with the release of her 1977 album “The World Starts Tonight.” The singles “Lost in France” and “More Than a Lover” garnered attention, setting the stage for her 1977 hit “It’s a Heartache,” which reached number four on the UK Singles Chart and number three on the US Billboard Hot 100.
In the 1980s, Tyler collaborated with songwriter and producer Jim Steinman, resulting in iconic hits like “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Holding Out for a Hero.” These songs showcased her powerhouse vocals and propelled her to international fame.
Throughout the 1990s, Tyler continued to captivate audiences, particularly in mainland Europe, with hits like “Bitterblue” produced by Dieter Bohlen. In 2003, she re-recorded “Total Eclipse of the Heart” with singer Kareen Antonn, achieving chart-topping success in France.
In 2013, Tyler represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest with the single “Believe in Me” from her album “Rocks and Honey.” The following years saw the release of albums like “Between the Earth and the Stars” (2019) and “The Best Is Yet to Come” (2021), showcasing her enduring talent and versatility.
Shas received three Grammy Award nominations and three Brit Award nominations, including two for British Female Solo Artist. In 2022, she was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her significant services to music.
Is Tyler Bonnie having Children?
Tyler Bonnie has been married for 50 years but not having a child. However, she miscarried when she was at the age of 39.