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CHERRI BONNEY Introducing....Cherri Rossiland Bonney, born in the beautiful Riverland town of Renmark, South Australia on the Murray River in the summer month of December. She has been with music ever since she can remember, her story in short begins! Cherri's parents were also musical with her German mother Margaret a classical pianist / soprano singer and her French Dad Frederick a singer/guitarist. Cherri's life was around music all her life with her dad singing to her at a very young age before bedtime and ultimately anytime was music time. She grew up with one brother David and two other sisters Judy and Wendy giving them shows and free concerts most days, also performing to uncles, aunties and friends whenever they were around, honing her skills and giving much joy at the same time. Cherri's singing started at four-and-a-half years of age with her mother at the piano and dad’s guitar always playing tunes, allowing her to be vocal and to put at ease her young aspiring talents. By the age of 12 her mystery for playing the guitar was enormous! So much so her dad had to teach the basics of guitar which led to many sore and bleeding fingers. From then her talents spread no end! Cherri wrote her first song at 12 performing to her parents and at this point they both knew this girl of theirs was something to contend with. Cherri learned to play in leaps and bounds, writing more each day until her school book was full of songs instead of her homework, with much dismay to her well-educated mum. She learnt to play the autoharp and vamp on the piano, but not wanting to take it up like her mother; it seemed to be all too hard with 'black stuff all over the page' Cherri grew up in Bendigo, Victoria for the first 11 years of her life, moving to Mackay, Queensland for one year, then off to Rockhampton for the next 5 years to finish school and have her last days of water skiing on the Fitzroy River. After finishing Rockhampton Girls Grammar school the family decided to sell up the family business and travel round Australia for the next 18 months but knowing this daughter of theirs wanted to escape into the world of music for ever! Trouble was brewing! Cherri left home at seventeen-and-a-half years of age and stayed with her grandparents in Renmark to work and decide what would come her way in music. She then met several like-minded people and joined her first band 'Cosmos' in Berri, South Australia. Ronnie Haynes, lead guitarist, being a good friend, and even today they still stay in touch. Cosmos travelled many parts of the Riverland successfully in the year. The one show Cosmos performed that sticks in her mind was performing at the Renmark Hotel where her parents had their wedding reception, never believing that one day she would perform there. Cherri also performed on many talent TV shows with original songs and covers from Queensland to Tassie to South Australia, winning several heats from age 16 onwards. Cherri then moved to Tassie singing in 23 different line-ups over a 19 year period with the last music line-up being the five-year successful recording show band "Junkmale" with a high audience rating that took them to the recording studios with all original songs written by their guitarist Jason Coleman. The album 'Junkmale' had huge ratings and then making their way to Triple J for the next phase in travelling and recording their next album. The band members realized the 3.5 rare octave range this girl had, coming so naturally, made it a rather easy task in the selection of songs they could perform and record. Her talent has so many sides/styles that come straight from the heart: Jazz, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul and Blues, making this girl stand out along with her quick wit, arranging brain and natural ear for music encompassing endless harmonies, washing it all down in the studio and in live performances. Is it any wonder we want to hear more from the songstress Miss Bonney? Cherri Bonney took up semi-professional road racing for 10 years as an athlete. Her plans were to ride the Tour De France in the women’s section, but music eventually took over! She then travelled to Toowoomba, Queensland to record more commercials for 6 weeks 24/7 enjoying every moment. She then decided to head back home only hearing hours before departure that she was asked to appear in Australian TV commercials from the same company. However to her delight many companies were able to open for business including the massive Argyle Diamond Mine in Queensland. On leaving Tassie in 1998 she moved to a warm and sunny Perth, recording jingles and commercials for hotels, businesses, radio and TV up and down the coast of Western Australia over a seven year period. Once again her talents were highly sought-after making recordings a breeze which had the owner of Pet Rock Studios very happy. She was wanted everywhere for session recording, leading her to working with many artists in Perth and also recording her own material: 'When My Mother Died' being one. The first ten years in Perth was devoid of singing in any line-up but then out of nowhere, she was introduced by her cousin Noel to Mike Bush at The Shadows Club in the Market City Tavern in Canning Vale one evening, this meeting led the way to her success to this day. Cherri next performed in the UK & Ireland, singing the great Aussie songs of The Seekers which went down very well. Two years ago she did indeed meet Judith Durham at Judith's request in Perth and they have been friends ever since. The great Russell Morris has also been her close friend and in time she will hopefully perform with him in Australia. Currently Cherri has her Corporate Show Band 'Nchant' performing regularly in Perth and out of town. Meeting the guys initially gave her the chance to create 'Australia's Linda Ronstadt' Tribute, when closing your eyes and listening to Cherri sing Linda's material, you could swear it was Miss Ronstadt with the same incredibly powerful voice. In 2013 Cherri wanted to discover the music and talents of John Worth (aka Les Vandyke) and it so happens the 'Limited Collectable Edition' are her renditions of John Worth’s compositions originally sung by Adam Faith, hence the latest 'Revisiting 50yrs with Adam Faith' album. She is proud to say this most wonderful man John Worth is also a sweet friend along with Jimmy Stead the soulful tenor sax player 'ex John Barry 7' UK. Cherri was delighted to have Jimmy record on a track of her current album 'Beautiful Songs' the track being 'Will You' which has been very well received. Cherri has recorded and released 5 albums to date (below) with 2 single's Australia's Koala Bear and Lonely Pup in a Christmas Shop. Vol 2 and 3 of both albums are being worked on this year. Lots to do! Cherri lives in Perth working with her team comprising of Gary Taylor and Mike Bush, two of Perth's wonderful musicians. The mix is excellent so as to make any sound possible for her ongoing composing and arrangements to her heart’s desire. Her immediate family Pippa Candy & Jeremy stay close as much as possible, they too are all musical. Some originals from this songstress will be recorded later this year. Cherri also enjoyed flying at Jandakot Airport some years back taking her to flying single engine aircraft out of Perth on several occasions, as did her aunt , the famous ‘Lorre's Bonney,’ who was in fact the first solo aviator recorded in flight history today. Flying will have to take a long rain-check for Cherri with recording commitments high on the list. Water skiing is another favourite activity from the time she could walk. On arrival in Perth this had Cherri venturing to her Uncle Frank’s Water Ski Park 'Bonney's Ski Park, Baldivis' to pick up what she had left behind in Queensland. Health-wise, Cherri has been suffering four-and-a-half years with Anorexia and it is still ongoing, however her career won't be defeated! Moments close to losing her life and actually losing all lung power and voice for more than a year had her terrified of not singing ever again! However this girl is a strong survivor and won't lie down to die until her mission is complete in this lifetime and to bring as much joy to people as possible.... This attractive dynamic little female will have you gripping at your seats, smiling and crying with all your emotions wanting to escape! Please embrace the spectacular talents of our very own Perth girl Miss Cherri Bonney. Frank Holmes, Editor SOULS HAVE NO AGE VOL 1 AUSSIE KIDZ BIZZ VOL 1 AUSTRALIA'S KOALA BEAR LONELY PUP IN A XMAS SHOP BEAUTIFUL SONG'S SOUND TRACK'S LIMITED COLLECTABLE EDITION - REVISITING 50 YRS WITH ADAM FAITH
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