Bonnie Tyler (born June 8th 1951 in Wales, UK) is a Welsh rock singer. Born Gaynor Hopkins, she is widely recognizable by her highly distinctive, husky voice.

She grew up listening to Motown music and female artists like Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. In 1970 at age 18, she entered a talent contest, singing Mary Hopkin's hit "Those Were the Days," but only came in second place. She then was chosen to sing in a band called Bobby Wayne and the Dixies. Two years later, she formed her own band called Imagination and performed with them in pubs and clubs all over south Wales. It was then that she decided to adopt the stage name of Sherene Davies (she took these names from her niece and favourite aunt).

In 1975, she was discovered by Roger Bell, who arranged a recording contract for her with RCA Records. Before signing, she was asked to adopt another stage name, in which she became Bonnie Tyler.

Following the Top 10 success of her 1976 song "Lost in France", Tyler released her first album in 1977 entitled The World Starts Tonight. A further single from the album, "More Than a Lover," made the UK Top 30, whereas the follow up single "Heaven" reached the Top 30 in Germany.

Though further global success was elusive during this era, Tyler did have some regional hits: "Here am I" made the German Top 20 in spring of 1978, one year later, the country influenced "My guns are loaded" peaked at number 3 in France whereas she also scored a minor UK Top 40 hit with "Married Men" in 1979, the theme to the film The World is Full of Married Men (based on the novel by British author Jackie Collins). Tyler released the albums Diamond Cut (1979) and Goodbye to the Island (1981). The track Sitting on the Edge of the Ocean was the Grand Prix winner of the 1979 Yamaha World Song Festival held in Tokyo.

Her next album, Faster Than the Speed of Night, was released in Spring 1983 and spawned the ballad "Total Eclipse of the Heart," written by Jim Steinman . The song was a worldwide hit, reaching no.1 in the UK, France, Australia and in the United States (where it remained for 4 weeks). Faster Than the Speed of Night entered the UK album chart at No.1, making Tyler a Guinness Record holder as the first ever British female solo artist to have an album enter the UK chart at no.1. The album also became a Top Five bestseller in the US and Australia. Total Eclipse of the Heart also brought Tyler a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 1984, she performed the track at the Grammy Awards, and received another Grammy nomination as Best Rock Female Vocalist for "Here She Comes", a song that was part of the soundtrack for the 1984 restoration of the film Metropolis. She also released the singles "A Rockin' Good Way" (a duet with fellow Welshman Shakin' Stevens) which made #5 in the UK, and "Holding Out for a Hero" from the film soundtrack Footloose which made the Top 40 in the U.S., and peaked at #2 in UK in the summer of 1985. The track was also used as the main theme for the 1984 US television series "Cover Up", though the version heard on the TV series was not sung by Tyler but by a Tyler sound-alike.

Web Sites: www.bonnietyler.com



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