Bonnie signed a new deal with Strangest Day Productions and is currently releasing a new CD entitled “Like A Picasso.” The project will be available for download on June 29th worldwide. With this new project Bonnie has taken the reigns by becoming an equal partner in Strangest Day Productions, working for herself. The team consists of Robin Taylor and Lloyd Pober.
When she was 18 years old, Bonnie Pointer talked her younger sister June into joining her in a singing act to find work in the vibrant and growing Bay Area club scene. The Oakland teenagers called themselves Pointers-A Pair and it became immediately obvious that what they lacked in experience they made up for in talent: their music was HOT. When the girls persuaded a third sister, Anita, to join the, they renamed themselves The Pointer Sisters. This new act quickly developed a reputation as one of the top back-up groups in the city, while working with some of the top musical acts in the world. Elvin Bishop, Taj Mahal, Grace Slick, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin all used the Pointer Sisters for back-up or as opening acts for their San Francisco club dates. The young girls similarly worked with Edgar Winter, Dave Mason, Santana, Tower of Power, Boz Scaggs, Bobby Womack, Bill Wyman, Chicago, Dr. Hook and Rod Stewart. By the time the fourth Pointer, big sister Ruth, finally joined the party, The Pointer sisters were clearly one of the rising stars in the music business.
Bonnie Pointer continues an unbroken chain of music that began in those San Francisco clubs back in 1969 and continues through today.
Actually the music started a lot earlier than 1969. Bonnie Pointer and her three sisters (they also have two brothers) learned to sing in the choir at the neighborhood Church of God, in tough West Oakland, California where their fathers was the minister. One can only imagine the reaction from the church-goers of West Oakland when little Bonnie, June, Anita and Ruth Pointer would harmonize to gospel classics like “The Blood.” But life was also hard for little Bonnie and here sisters; her parent’s home was very strict and they were very poor. Popular music was not allowed in the house and the children lacked almost every material convenience. Bonnie dressed in thrift shop clothes—anticipation a 40’s style that later would make them famous. Never deprived of most common material possessions, Bonnie developed and ambition for success that would serve her all her life, and an artistic talent that would earn her two a college scholarships and a degree. In addition to her music, Bonnie still expressed herself through her art, painting primarily with oils, watercolors, and also using pen-and-ink. At this time, young Bonnie Pointer made the tough choice to avoid the path of marriage and family after high school that her older sisters took. Instead she took June on the road to seek her fortune.
Right away a series of bad breaks, which have never really stopped, found the girls. In one misadventure, stranded in remote Houston, Texas with no money and no way home, Bonnie was forced to appeal to a stranger for help. That stranger was record producer David Rubinson and Bonnie took all the nerve she had to call him. Rubinson not only rescued the girls, he persuaded his partner, the legendary music impresario Bill Graham, to sign them to a management contract. In 1971, after a series of showcases arranged by Graham, Jerry Wexler and Atlantic Records inked Bonnie and her sisters to their first record contract. In 1972, after Ruth joined the group, the girls followed Rubinson to his new label, Blue Thumb.
Blue Thumb released the Pointer Sisters self-titled first album in 1973, with two songs “Yes We Can, Can” and “Wang Dang Doodle,” charting. This was followed in 1974 with the release of “That’s A Plenty,” which contained; of all things a country tune Bonnie co-wrote with Anita called “Fairytale.” The country single was a huge success, and when it hit the country charts the sisters were invited to be the first black women ever to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. “Fairytale” won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group and was later covered by the King himself, Elvis Presley.
The Pointer Sisters successes continued. Their Blue Thumb Records album “Steppin” included the top 20 hit “How Long (Betcha Goa A Chick On the Side)” written by Bonnie and Anita which was a Top 20 and #1R&B hit. “Going Down Slowly” also charted as did “You Gotta Believe” showcased in the feature film “Car Wash,” starring Richard Pryor.
In 1979 Bonnie Pointer left the group and signed with Motown Records for whom she made three albums, won the first Billboard Award, and had a number-one song (“Free Me From My Freedom”) and a number one dance record (“Heaven Must Have Sent You”).
Since leaving the Pointer Sisters, Bonnie has spent much of her time living on the East Coast, mostly in Florida and New Jersey, writing and performing. With her popular club act she works constantly, and has developed a large cult following in the gay community. Bonnie is an exercise freak and can always be found in her dance or exercise classes or swimming. A common sight for residents along Florida’s inter-coastal waterway is Bonnie Pointer racing by in a speedboat or Para-sailing out of the blue Florida sky, although her increased studio demands have brought Bonnie back to Los Angeles for the time being.
Always a prolific songwriter, Bonnie Pointer has been busy writing for herself and many other well-known performers, including much of the Motown stable, including Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Sly Stone. Recently she has also worked with Jody Watley, Sylvester and Gloria Gaynor. Bonnie also composed music for the feature film Heavenly Bodies. Bonnie sings the songs “Heaven” and “The Beast In Me” on the soundtrack to the movie “Heavenly Bodies.” She also won the Tokyo Music Festival Award for a song that she and sister Anita wrote for Stevie Wonder. Bonnie attended the ceremony for the unveiling of the star for group on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994 and joined her siblings on stage for a concert performance of “Jump (For My Love)” in Las Vegas, Nevada on New Years Eve in 1996. Bonnie still continues to perform all over the country and has appeared at several Gay Pride celebrations throughout the United States. In early 2008 Bonnie Pointer embarked on a concert tour of Europe. A 5-year must see in Atlantic cities Disco Ball Trump Taj Mahal.
After returning from the European Tour in 2008, Bonnie has performed for several Gay Pride Festivals during 2009. She performed at the Hard Rock Café in Florida of February this year. Yearning to get back in the studio and create Bonnie made contact with long time friend David Williams with Melrose music and with the producing partners Lloyd and Robin completed this new project. “Like A Picasso” captured a new field and sound for Bonnie with her vocals being at their peak this project turned out to be one of her greatest vocal performances taking advantage of her rich musical history. Some fans will be surprised by her new direction but they are going to love it. New and Old alike! The new single scheduled for release June 29th is “Hide” which captures Bonnie’s rich rock flavor.
The new CD “Like A Picasso” includes a track from the upcoming movie “Road To Nowhere” entitled “Just Cried Tear” which is being debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.