Carla Bonnell (Rickard) began her songwriting career and guitar playing at the age of 14 in the communities of Chipman and Minto, NB. Carla is influenced and inspired by many generations of musicians in her family, who have performed on the national television show Don Messer’s Jubilee and shared stages with ZZ Top and George Fox. At a young age she was welcomed to the stage to perform with the popular east coast artists; Joey Knight, Joan Kennedy and Shirley Myers.
Carla has fulfilled some of her musical dreams by performing across Canada from Coast to Coast. After winning competitions, showcasing her musical skills at festivals in eastern Canada and performing on numerous broadcast telethons to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, she has captured the hearts of audiences far and wide with her passion-filled and emotionally charged vocals. Carla has performed at various festivals including the Timmins Fall Festival and featured with the original showcase literary group “Timmins Voices”, where she performed and was interviewed about her song writing career. She recently completed a tour of the Northern Ontario circuit where she has grown a fan base of loyal followers who enjoy her entertaining performances. Some of these performances have included the legendary Billy Dean on guitar (Roy Orbison).
Carla’s debut song recordings “Distant Thunder” and “Rhapsody Of The Rain”, written by Sam Mullins, were recorded in Nashville with world-class accomplished session players. She has received airplay on various radio stations from the east coast to Northern Ontario, as well as radio in the US.
Carla believes in the power of music to tell a people’s story and transform the heart of a community. She is an active member of CCMA, CMAO, ECMA, and SOCAN. Carla will be releasing her third album “Raven’s Song” in 2017.