International singing sensation calls Cambridge “Home”

By  | February 16, 2011 | 16 Comments | Filed under: Entertainment

Cambridge resident Bonnie Casey has shared the stage with many world famous singers including The Manhattans, Derrick Morgan, Frankie Paul, Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths  and multi Platinum artist Shaggy, to name a few. She is loved by her fans for her energetic stage presence and her ability to connect with them.

She garnered attention last year with a stellar performance at the annual Jamaica Day Celebration in Toronto, Canada where she entertained thousands of screaming fans who cheered as she belted out a heartfelt rendition of the Jimmy Cliff classic ‘Many Rivers to Cross.’ She again turned heads with a smashing performance of “Willow Tree” and “Tune In” at the November 20th 2010 tribute concert for the late Gregory Isaacs at The Ranny Williams Centre in Jamaica.

Bonnie, who was raised in Mississauga, to an Irish father and a Jamaican mother, is described by those around her as vibrant, outspoken, unique, and as having a caring personality. She is a multi talented artist, an accomplished model, actress and singer who became mesmerized by music at a very young age. She began singing at 5 years old and studied voice and drama lessons at the Beckett School for the Arts in Toronto.

The former Miss World Canada Beauty pageant finalist and Bernice Adams award finalist, draws her influences from Etta James, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis and Gregory Isaacs. She sings jazz, blues and contemporary songs but is focused on lover’s rock and rock steady rhythms as she seeks to build a long term career in the reggae industry. Her fresh approach to music, along with her versatile vocal range will no doubt give listeners that ‘wow factor’ that has been missing with many young acts currently in the industry. Using music as a communication tool, she intents to write and perform songs about love and heartache – music they will be able to relate to.

Bonnie recently released her first single titled “Again.” Her debut album is set to drop in late 2011 and will feature Sly & Robbie and Dean Frazier, who are short listed as producers for the project. In December 2010, she inked a five year management contract with legendary artist manager Copeland Forbes, Managing Director at Comar Productions LTD who has guided the careers of reggae icon Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Luciano, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Marcia Griffiths, Garnett Silk and the late Gregory Isaacs.

Casey is scheduled to start her Australian Tour in April 2011 and a European Tour is scheduled for early summer.

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16 Responses to International singing sensation calls Cambridge “Home”

  1. Jerry Akesone February 17, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Great article! Maybe we will see her perform at Drayton some day!!!

  2. scot February 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    She has an awesome voice.

  3. Janine Reeves February 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    What a great story! what I really appreciate about this story, is that we are acknowledging and praising one of our own.Kudos to you Bonnie, with your beautiful voice and your physical beauty, the sky is the limit……………….you go girl!

  4. Cindy February 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    What an awesome voice! Beautiful song.Cambridge is proud of you Bonnie. Good luck on your first international tour.

  5. Cindy February 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    What a voice! Beautiful song.Cambridge is proud of you Bonnie. Good luck on your first international tour.

  6. Neha February 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I love her music, smooth and sexy! See,Cambridge ain’t all bad.

  7. john February 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    What an interesting story! How often do you come across someone who is as stunningly beautiful as Bonnie,and is as talented as she is beautiful? Let’s see, last I heard Alicia Keys might have been one of the only comparison if not the only one. Cambridge loves you Bonnie!

  8. Rose February 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    What a beautiful song; does anyone know where I can get a copy to buy? Is it in stores? Couldn’t find it on itunes. Does Bonnie have a fan club? When will she be performing in the tri-cities? Bonnie, I knew you were meant for greatness even before you won the Miss Idol in high School. You are so beautiful and talented! We love you.

  9. THB February 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Great song, great story. its good to see that The Cambridge Citizen is highlighting Cambridge residents and Cambridge issues.

  10. Jimm Hillis February 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    It is always nice to see Cambridge success story’s and thank you for the kinds words for this site. One of our aims is to promote the people and events in this city and while we are slow at yet we are trying to improve that area of the Citizen but we need the folks out there to let us know what is going on and if there is someone that we should be writing about. But we will get there.

  11. scot February 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Yeah, yesh, yeah jim. I get the hint.

  12. dj cool local radio host February 20, 2011 at 8:33 am

    This is a beautiful article about one of our own
    I have personally seen Bonnie perform and have interviewed her several times, she has what it takes .
    I will continue to enjoy her music and her presence whenever i get a chance to hear her perform again
    Bonnie we are all proud of you
    Hope to see you soon on the National scene .

  13. Terence Ferrell February 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Have not heard of her before but I will have to give a listen to her vibes. Great to see that our local talent is getting recognized though.

  14. amanda February 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    BONNIE IS THE BOMB!!!!!!!! SHE HAS THE WHOLE PACKAGE!!!! AN AMAZING SINGER..HER VOICE GIVES ME THE CHILLS!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXXOX

  15. scot February 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I requested a list of upcoming dates from her manager. As you’ll see, I wasn’t exagerating her International appeal. . Unfortunately, there’s nothing local (yet!)
    Billing is as Follows: Toots & The Maytals,Ernie Ranglin,Luciano & Jah Messenjah Band w/ Special Guests Warrior King and Bonnie Casey

    April 21 – Bluesfest Festival,Byron Bay NSW Australia
    April 22 – Bluesfest Festival,Byron Bay NSW Australia
    April 23 – Enmore Theatre,Sydney,Australia
    April 24 – The Palace,Melbourne,Australia
    April 25 – Off Day (sightseing,city tours)
    April 26 – Press (recordings by groups for local record distributors Aim International Records)
    April 27 – Fly Melbourne to LAX,arv. 7.00 AM,Drive to San Diego cross Mexican border into Tijuana.
    April 27 – La Sexta House of Music:Tijuana Mexico
    April 28 – World Beat Center,San Diego,California
    April 29 – Fly to Miami Florida drive to Coconut Grove,Off Day
    April 30 – Miami Reggae Festival,Peacock Park,Coconut Grove,Florida
    May 1 – Depart to Jamaica,rest and recording sessions,press & TV appearances

  16. Kay February 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I had the pleasure of seeing Bonnie perform live at The Boathouse in March last year, and man, was that ever a treat. She has an awesome voice and she makes you feel like she is singing to you. Does anybody know when she will be performing in the tri cities? or has she outgrown us? Just kidding.she doesnt seem the type to diss us

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