Karla Bonoff

Karla Bonoff (born December 27, 1951)[1] is an American singer-songwriter. While Bonoff has released a number of albums, she is primarily known for her songwriting. Bonoff's songs include "Home," covered by Bonnie Raitt, "Tell Me Why" by Wynonna Judd, and "Isn't It Always Love" by Lynn Anderson.

Karla Bonoff
Karla Bonoff in 2010, after a show at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, MO
Karla Bonoff in 2010,
after a show at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, MO
Background information
Birth nameKarla Bonoff
Born (1951-12-27) December 27, 1951 (age 69)
OriginSanta Monica, California, U.S.
GenresFolk rock, soft rock, pop rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Associated actsBryndle, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt

Most notably, Linda Ronstadt recorded several Bonoff songs, including three tracks on the 1976 album Hasten Down the Wind ("Someone To Lay Down Beside Me", "Lose Again" and "If He's Ever Near"), which introduced Bonoff to a mass audience, and "All My Life", a 1989 duet with Ronstadt and Aaron Neville.

Life and careerEdit

Bonoff was born to Chester and Shirley (nee Kahane) Bonoff, and named after her paternal grandfather Karl Bonoff. Her family was Jewish. Her paternal great-grandparents and one of her maternal great-grandfathers were immigrants from the Russian Empire. One of her mother's grandmothers was born in Pennsylvania to Hungarian Jewish parents, while her mother's other grandparents were born in Austria and Germany.[2]

In her early career, Bonoff sang background vocals for 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.

Bonoff's first live album was released in September 2007. This double CD includes many of her best-known songs performed live in concert on October 24, 2004, in Santa Barbara, California (except for one song recorded on July 30, 2005, in Japan). She was backed by her touring band, which includes the late Kenny Edwards (guitar, bass, mandolin, cello, vocals) and Nina Gerber (guitar) plus long-time associate Scott Babcock (drums and vocals).

Bonoff was also a member of the group Bryndle, which included Wendy Waldman and Kenny Edwards (who also produced Bonoff's first three albums). The band also included Andrew Gold until he left in 1996. The group first formed in the late 1960s, but did not release any albums until 20 years later with two studio albums and a live album between 1995 and 2002.

Karla Bonoff also appeared on the Keiko Matsui album titled 'Sapphire'.

Bonoff continues to tour throughout the US and Japan.


Studio albumsEdit

Bonoff performing in 2010

with Bryndle

Live albumsEdit

  • Live (2007)


  • Premium Best (1988) [Japan Only]
  • The Best of Karla Bonoff (1992) [Mail Order; Japan Only]
  • All My Life: The Best of Karla Bonoff (1999)


Year Song US Hot 100 US Adult Contemporary Album
1978 "I Can't Hold On" 76 - Karla Bonoff
1979 "When You Walk in the Room" 101 - Restless Nights
1980 "Baby Don't Go" 69 35 Restless Nights
1982 "Personally" 19 3 Wild Heart of the Young
1982 "Please Be the One" 63 22 Wild Heart of the Young
1984 "Somebody's Eyes" 109 16 Footloose soundtrack
1994 "Standing Right Next to Me" - 38 8 Seconds soundtrack


  1. ^ Bryndle website Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Bonoff Family Tree". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 42. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Billboard 200, November 20, 1982". Billboard. #198. February 25, 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)

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