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Carla Bonnell / Bio

Carla was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick and lived in Salmon Creek for most of her life. Her first instrument was piano where she would accompany various students at Chipman Regional High School during variety shows, and filling in for the organist at Salmon Creek United Baptist Church. She began to play guitar at the age of 14 and singing in competitions with her cousin. The duet won first place in two Minto Coal Mining Festival competitions for youth and adult. She taught both piano and guitar before she was the age of 18 to other kids in the community.
Carla participated in various fund raisers in both the communities of Chipman and Minto, including the yearly cancer telethon that was televised through the local TV channel. In her teen years she was asked to form a band with Steve Whalen and Raymond Dunham and played dances at the Lions Club, and the Legion in Chipman. They named their three piece group Modified Country and in later years reunited as a 4 piece band calling themselves Just Us which later became known as Southern Justice when Carla left the band to concentrate on family life.
Carla was highly influenced by her musical father, Rick Meyers, and uncle Fred Meyers playing with their band in Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Duncan BC. She was led to join her uncle’s band in Nova Scotia for a few years upon his return to the Maritimes. They played the south shore circuit.
Carla was asked to contribute to the spotlight CD organized by Wayne Brown in the 90’s with an original song. She composed Rain in 10 minutes when she received the call for original material. Since that time, she completed a home project with Fred Meyers Jr in a small studio in Nova Scotia.
Carla moved to Timmins Ontario for a few years and began to play as a solo act in various venues, such as the Timmins Fall Fair, Aboriginal Days, Creefest, Timmins Voices and JJ’s Ranch.
After a break from music to follow up on another dream of completing her masters, Carla received an opportunity to go to Nashville and record an inspirational country CD with producer BJ McKelvie. She recorded at Omni Sound Studios with names such as Pat Buchanan, Greg Morrow, Mike Brigadello and Neil Young’s back up singer Dianna Dewitt. She performed songs written by Sam Mullins, who wrote for the Diamond Rio “They Don’t Make Hearts Like They Used To”. Both Distant Thunder and Rhapsody of the Rain has received airplay in the US on several independent radio stations.
After her return from Nashville, Carla was invited to join a local group in North Bay Ontario, where she currently resides. The group Legends was a rock and roll band, covering the 50’s and 60’s popular music. Carla however brought to the group the classic country hits and tweaked them to fit into the band’s style. The new arrangements were well received. During that time, she played with the legendary Billy Dean ( Roy Orbison’s guitar player) and Rudy Veltri ( Johnny Cash’s steal guitar player in Canada).
In October of 2013, Carla appeared with her old band mates, Steve Whalen, Raymond Dunham and Fred Meyers Jr to play at the Hollywood Star Room in Clarks Corner NB which was an utter thrill for her. In January of 2014 Carla was happy to have played the New Brunswick Country Showcase and was later featured on KHJ with Brent Buchanan. Upon her return to Ontario, Carla headed to the Rose Room studio in Toronto Ontario to remix two tracks off of her “ Back To You” CD that was recorded in Nashville.
Carla approached Cogeco TV in North Bay, to discuss a new TV program that would highlight traditional country music and its local performers. A pilot was slated for this summer.
A few short months later Carla headed to Westville Nova Scotia to JP Cormier’s studio to fullfil her dream of recording a full length album of her own songs. She was thrilled to have JP Cormier both produce her new album but also to have him sing a duet on one of her songs called “ The Last Train”. Carla has always been inspired by the story tellers of music. She is slated to be opening a JP Cormier concert in which the date is yet to be determined.

Carla has remained in New Brunswick promoting her album which is expected to be officially released on August 1st, 2014. While in New Brunswick she has been guesting with Hooked On Country, and participating in Minto’s Summer Festival as a judge in music competitions. She has formed a new group along with her solo career with Paula Tozer, Debbie McCann and Mark Fisher, who are all recording artists. The new group is called Kindred Hearts and has been attending various festivals and bookings in New Brunswick.

Carla is a member of the Ontario Country Music Association, the Canadian Country Music Association, Socan and the East Coast Music Association.

General Info

Band Members
Carla Bonnell - Vocals
Artist Name
Carla Bonnell
Home Page
Singer Songwriter / Country / Folk

Contact Info

North Bay, ON, CA

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