BONNIE LEE SANDERS
American Dream Show Guest:
BONNIE LEE SANDERS
(Composer, Lyricist, Book Writer and Performer)
BONNIE LEE SANDERS has been writing her own songs and singing them since high school with her best friend, Marian Lipps. As artists they gave themselves the name Bonnie and the Clydes and made their first public appearance at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater with Bobby Vinton in Alan Freed¹s live stage show singing their own composition Ninny Bop Bop which in 1968 made the Billboard charts.
Bonnie continued from then on......writing performing, marrying, producing two sons -- Tony, who has produced several of her songs (she says: You have to produce your own Producer to get your songs out there!) and Carl, who has directed her in some theater pieces.

She loves to collaborate and has co-written with Deodato, Bob Dorough, Gail Wynters, Michele V. Pomerantz Steve Allen (long distance), Joel Diamond, Juggy Murray and others.

The famous chanteuse, Rita Dimitri, gave Bonnie her first break in the early 70¹s and produced a show at La Chansonnette in New York City, Songs in Review, starring Bonnie and featuring her original compostions.

Bonnie has written contemporary songs for many current artists and rock groups as well as songs for Hank Williams, Jr., Dr. John, Gail Wynters, Eartha Kitt, Donna McKechnie, the American Indian group Blue Water, the legendary group Abba, Big Bird and others. Her catalog of children¹s music includes recordings for Columbia Records and Sesame Street Records, one album written specifically for Dinah Shore, entitled Dinah! I've Got A Song.

She has written theme music for the films The Black Pearl, starring Gilbert Roland, By Dawn¹s Early Light and the first rap film, Rappin¹, starring Mario Van Peebles. Recently, four songs of Bonnie¹s, two written with the infamous Bob Dorough, which she performed as well, were in the Eric Schaffer movie, Never Again, starring Jill Clayburgh, Sandy Duncan, and Jeffrey Tambor, released in the summer of 2002. She wrote the score for the HBO film, The Secret Cave, starring Carl Anderson.

Her show, Split Ends, co-written with Mark Barkan, was produced by Montauk Theater Productions at Theater East in New York City. Her musical, Come Up ŒN See Me, co-written with Ellen Scbwartz and Arthur Writ, won the Quest Fest Competition for New Musicals in Buxton, England, sponsored by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe and will be produced in the Spring of 2004. Bonnie has also had the honor of having her material performed in a musical production of A Midsummer Night¹s Dream at the Spoleto Festival. This coming Fall a new show that Bonnie is involved with, both as a writer and performer, will be presented at Guild Hall. The title is Open Call. It has had several presentations in New York City at the Neighborhood Playhouse and is being produced by Patti Watt.

Bonnie won the Back Stage Bistro Award for outstanding singer/songwriter and is a fixture on the Manhattan cabaret circuit, currently performing her show, Positive Influences. A very strong positive influence has been Jule Styne (for whom she wrote a radio pilot, Broadway Live, performed at Sardi¹s with Jule, Elaine Stritch, Leroy Reams, the vocal group, Gotham and hosted by Broadway performer, Steve Elmore). Other influences have been Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman, Peggy Lee, Cyndi Lauper, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waitts and Jim Croce -- to name a few.

She was asked by the Chelsea Mountain Boys in New York City to perform in their series of concert tributes to Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. She was featured in the syndicated television show, Rap to Rock, a show about the lives and music of artists such as herself.

Her CD, Bonnie Lee Sanders -- A Seasoned Woman, on the J.Bird Record label, is available in stores throughout the country as well as Bonnie¹s Broadway Moon Song Shoppe, a CD of her show which began at Theater East in New York. Her new CD/Video package, With A Country Heart is available in stores on the East End and features a Video of the song, Montauk, an anthem in that town that is often played at the Blessing of the Fleet.

Bonnie and her husband, Arthur Shimkin, founder of Golden Records, have acquired together with Karen Nason, the rights to the film, The Rose which starred Bette Midler, for a stage production.
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