Carla Bonnell began her song writing career and guitar playing at the age of 14 in the communities of Chipman and Minto, NB. Carla is influenced and inspired by many generations of musicians in her family, who have performed on the national television show Don Messer's Jubilee and shared stages with ZZ Top and George Fox. At a young age she was welcomed to the stage to perform with the popular east coast artists; Joey Knight and Shirley Myers.
Carla has fulfilled some of her musical dreams by performing across Canada from Coast to Coast. After winning many competitions, showcasing her musical skills at festivals in eastern Canada and performing on numerous broadcast telethons to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, she has captured the hearts of audiences far and wide with her passion-filled and emotionally charged vocals. Based in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, Carla has performed at various festivals including the Timmins Fall Festival and featured with the original showcase literary group "Timmins Voices", where she performed and was interviewed about her song writing career. Bonnell's recently completed a tour of the Northern Ontario circuit where she has grown a fan base of loyal followers who enjoy her entertaining performances. Some of these performances have included the legendary Billy Dean on guitar (Roy Orbison).
Carla’s debut original song recordings "Distant Thunder" and "Rhapsody Of The Rain" were recorded in Nashville with world-class accomplished session players.
Carla believes in the power of music to tell a people’s story and transform the heart of a community. She is an active member of CCMA and CMAO. She will be releasing her second album, “The Liberator” recently recorded at JP Cormier’s studio in Nova Scotia. Being a team player, Carla has also joined a group of ladies from New Brunswick under the name Kindred Hearts and will be touring with these talented ladies as well as touring with her own solo career in the Maritimes.