Love That Makes You Cry
This is what the critics are saying: 'Bonnie Lee Sanders is a jazzy, sophisticated, inventive cabaret singer & writer.' Bonnie Lee Sanders's lyrics are smooth, sophisticated and witty and tell of a modern woman confronting love and life. I heard her at Opia, an attractive low-key cabaret on East 57th Street in New York, where she sang her own songs and a few by favorites such as Peggy Lee, Cole Porter and Piaf. The trade has honored Bonnie's work: in recent years, she has won a Back Stage Bistro Award for outstanding singer/songwriter and two MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) tributes: an award and a nomination for Song of the Year. Two of the songs she performed at Opia were "Positive Influences," the MAC nominee, which she co-wrote with jazz guitarist Ken Hatfield, and 'Friends (Laisse Moi T'aimer),' the MAC winner, co-authored with Joel Diamond and Mila. Bonnie has an appealing, upbeat, jazzy delivery and an inventive eclectic style. Among my favorites at Opia were "Broadway Moon" the show-tune prayer of a Broadway hopeful, and "Montauk" a poetic musing done as a tongue-in-cheek homage to "country and western." I loved it's images. In addition to being a lyricist and performer, Bonnie is a musical book writer and a composer. She has scored music for films and has written songs for artists such as Hank Williams, Jr., Abba, Gail Wynters, Bob Dorough and Eartha Kitt. Top cabaret performer Michael Feinstein was at the Opia opening. He told me that people in the business appreciate her ideas and craft. It's easy to see why. Lucy Komisar, Critic and Author "Bonnie Lee Sanders is sure to delight you with her natural sense of showmanship and her pure vocal delivery. The original material provides a wealth of insight and humor, and she tastefully serves them up on the wings of lovely melodies." Bob Dorough, Blue Note Recording Artist "Imaginative and tasteful...she put a smile on my face." Robert Altman, Director.