Originally from Skewen in Wales, Bonnie Tyler is a two-time Brit Award winner with four Platinum selling albums to her name, including “Faster Than the Speed of Night”, “Bitterblue”, “Angel Heart” and “Silhouette in Red”.After signing with RCA Records in 1975, Bonnie Tyler’s career kick started with the recording of a single called “My! My! Honeycomb”, which landed local airplay on a Swansea radio. RCA added more promotion to her second single entitled “Lost in France” from the album, “The World Starts Tonight” by arranging for a handful of journalists to see Tyler in France. Initially the single didn’t gain success, but it gradually climbed up the charts and eventually made it to the top 50, peaking at number 9. It was around this time that Tyler adopted a vocal rasp in her tone, due to nodules on her vocal chords. On the bright side due to the singles chart success she was nominated for her first Brit Award for ‘Best British Newcomer’ in 1977. It was her single “It’s a Heartache” from the album, “Natural Force” that earned Tyler international chart success, making it to number 4 in the UK Singles chart. It would go on to earn Platinum status in France.
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Unfortunately, Tyler’s sequential two albums didn’t quite match the success of “Natural Force”. Her contract expired with RCA Records, but fortunately signed to Columbia Records in 1982. Tyler approached Jim Steinman, to collaborate with her as her new producer. He offered the songs “Goin’ Through the Motions” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” and then a month after, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. The latter became an international hit making it to the number one spot, in five different countries, with sales of more than 9 million. It paved the way for the album “Faster Than the Speed of Night”, released on April 8th 1983. The album would go on to earn Tyler two Grammy Award Nominations for ‘Best Pop Solo Female Vocal Performance’ and ‘Best Rock Solo Female Vocal Performance’.
Tyler released her sixth studio album entitled “Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire” on May 3rd 1986. It was led by the single “Holding Out For A Hero”, which was released two years prior to the album and featured on the soundtrack of the film Footloose. On it’s initial release it didn’t quite land the chart success that was anticipated, so it was re-released in 1985, and made it to number 2 in the UK. The album had moderate success, not quite comparing to the previous album, but it was still a moderate success internationally. On November 11th 1991, the album “Bitterblue” saw a departure from Columbia, with Tyler signing with Hansa Records. The album went four times Platinum in Norway alone and Platinum in Austria. The title track’s highest chart position was at number 2 in Norway. Her following two albums, “Angel Heart” and “Silhouette in Red” were both certified Platinum in Norway.
On her 50th birthday, Bonnie Tyler released a “Greatest Hits” album, which charted in four European countries, earning a Platinum certification in Norway and Silver in the UK.
Tyler competed in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, representing the UK performing “Believe in Me” May 18th 2013. She came 19th. In November, Tyler announced that she would be working with Jim Steinman again, on her seventeenth album.