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Karla Bonoff

8502 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
8502 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 281-5874

  • Date(s): November 7, 2019 to November 7, 2019
  • Event Time(s): 7:30 PM
  • Price: $35.00
  • Location: Open Chord Music

Karla Bonoff has been described as one of the finest singer/songwriters of her generation. She will appear with special guest Nina Gerber (of Bryndle) at THE OPEN CHORD, (8502 KINGSTON PIKE, KNOXVILLE, TN) on Thursday November 7, performing 2 sets beginning at 7:30pm. The OPEN CHORD is known as one of the finest listening rooms in East Tennessee and is proud to host this unique offering by MASSKUS Productions.

Karla’s parents, Chester and Shirley (nee Kahane) Bonoff named her after her paternal grandfather Karl Bonoff. Born and raised in Southern California with many early 60’s Laurel Canyon musical influences, she was a songwriter by the age of fifteen. She and her sister Lisa were writing songs and playing as a duo titled "The Daughters of Chester P" named after their father, Dr. Chester Paul Bonoff. She had already fallen in love with the guitar and studied with Frank Hamilton of the famous folk group, The Weavers. By 16, Karla and her sister, Lisa auditioned for Elektra Records. An 11-song demo [recorded by Doors' engineer Bruce Botnick] was recorded but no deal came of this first effort.

In her early career, Bonoff sang background vocals for Linda Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman before releasing her debut album in 1977, titled Karla Bonoff. Her other albums include Restless Nights (1979), Wild Heart of the Young (1982), New World (1988) and All My Life (a greatest-hits collection) in 1999. Bonoff is best known as a songwriter, but she is also noted for her hit recording of "Personally", which became a No. 19 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the middle of 1982. She also recorded "Somebody's Eyes" for the Footloose (1984) soundtrack and "Standing Right Next To Me" on the 8 Seconds (1994) soundtrack.


Karla Bonoff