Karla Bonoff grew up in the Los Angeles area. She began playing at the Monday night hootenannies at the Troubadour Night club, where she met several other musicians. In 1969, Karla was a founding member of the folk-rock group Bryndle. The group brought Karla together with three other singer/songwriters she met at the Troubadour: Kenny Edwards (a founding member of The Stone Poneys), Andrew Gold, and Wendy Waldman.
They signed with A&M Records and the label brought in Lou Adler to produce the group. The result was a single that Karla wrote and sang lead vocals on, Woke Up This Morning. The group disbanded soon after when they were unable to get A&M to release an album. They each went on to pursue solo careers. The other three all toured or wrote songs with Linda Ronstadt. Linda also recorded several songs written by Karla, including the 1976 single Someone To Lay Down Beside Me. Karla provided background vocals for a few of Linda’s songs.
Karla recorded her first solo album in 1977, which Kenny produced. The other artists who helped her record the album included all three other members of Bryndle, Linda, Glenn Frey, and J. D. Souther. Several Country artists covered some of the songs Karla had written.
Karla’s third album included her most successful single. Jackie Moore had recorded the song Personally in 1978, but the single had missed the Hot 100 and barely reached the R&B chart. Karla’s 1982 cover version from her album peaked at #19 on the Hot 100, her only top forty single on that chart. Fortunately, the record also reached #3 on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart. She followed that with the single Please Be The One, which reached #22 on the AC chart.
The 1984 Footloose soundtrack included Karla’s song Somebody’s Eyes, which reached #19 on the AC chart.
The 8 Seconds soundtrack included Standing Right Next To Me, which only made it up to #38 on the AC chart in 1994. That was Karla’s last charting single.
Bryndle reformed in the early nineties. They finally released their first album in 1995, and a second album followed in 2002.
Karla still writes and records new music and is actively appearing in concerts. She has her homepage at https://www.karlabonoff.com/
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