Bonnie signed a new deal with Strangest Day Productions and is currently releasing a new CD in the winter of 2010-11 entitled “Like A Picasso.” The “Like A Picasso” the EP which includes “Like A Picasso, Eyes Don’t Lie and The Strangest Day” is now available for download worldwide on itunes, amazon, etc. The new single “The Strangest Day” was written by Robin Taylor and the video for the single was directed by music video icon Lionel C. Martin. The new CD “Like A Picasso” includes a the track “Just Cried Tear” written by June Nelson from Monte Hellman’s “Road To Nowhere” entitled “Just Cried Tear” which won the Special Lion (Career) Award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival… Read more
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 running 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 feel 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 project is “Like A Picasso” the EP. Which includes “Like A Picasso”, “Eyes Don’t Lie” and “The Strangest Day” capturing Bonnie’s rich soulful flavor.
Bonnie Pointer continues an unbroken chain of music that began in those San Francisco clubs back in 1969 and continues through today.
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 them, they renamed themselves The Pointer Sisters.
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.
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.
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 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”).
01 – Pointer Sisters – Going Down Slowly (Steppin”, 1975)
02 – Bonnie Pointer – Genius Of My Heart (Like A Picasso, 2011) Promo
03 – Bonnie Pointer – Like A Picasso (Like A Picasso, 2011) Promo
Background music during the interview:
The Pointer Sisters – Love In Them There Hills, The Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can Can, The Pointer Sisters – Black Coffee, The Pointer Sisters – Fairytale, The Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love), Bonnie Pointer – Eyes Don”t Lie (Promo), Bonnie Pointer – Ain”t Worth It (Promo), Bonnie Pointer – Answered Prayer (Promo)