Bonnie is an active singer/songwriter and visual artist who has released 14 albums during a career that spanning four decades. She was recently described by a reviewer as "perhaps the greatest living vocalist that you probably never heard of."
Her latest (2012) CD is "Bonnie Koloc - Rediscovered" which is composed of selections from her early albums rerecorded and rearranged. Bonnie's own songs on this CD are Two Black Guitars, Sunday Morning Movies, Children's Blues, Elis and Kentucky Dream. Other songs are Lie Down By Me (Paula Lockheart), In The Dark (Lil Green), Colors Of The Sun (Jackson Browne), Wind On The Water and John Prine's classic Angel From Montgomery. Chris Siebold created the new arrangements and led the accompanying musicians including John Rice, Larry Kohut, Howard Levy, Steve Eisen and Don Stille.
Her prior release (2010) is the CD “Beginnings” which was her thirteenth album but chronologically her first. Rich Warren recorded her in 1969 at the legendary Chicago folk club The Earl Of Old Town and at the University of Illinois, soon after Bonnie came to Chicago. She had quickly become the queen of the hot Chicago folk music scene with her clear powerful voice and her passionate performing style resulting in sold-out shows on a nightly basis, often several shows a night drawing crowds that stood around the block. For over a decade Bonnie was a pivotal act at the Earl Of Old Town and over time her folk-oriented style merged with jazz and blues which took her to new venues and festivals. She received the Governors Award for Best Singer in 1973.
“Beginnings” celebrates the forty-plus years of music of Bonnie's career to date with a selection of songs from those early recordings. The songs range from Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Steve Goodman and Eddie Holstein to Beatles, Gershwin and Billie Holliday, Bonnie’s own song Rainy Day Lady, the rousing blues You’ve Been A Good Old Wagon and her version of Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight.
Other recent releases are “Here To Sing”, a 2006 studio recording, “Timeless”, a 2004 double CD of selections from performances between 1970 and 1995, and, in 2005, “A Bestiary”, an art book and accompanying CD of block prints and poems about farm animals set to music. All are available at cdbaby.com.
Bonnie is also an actor and a visual artist. She appeared in the Public Theater’s production of The Human Comedy, earning the Theater World Bronze Award for Outstanding New Talent on Broadway and a Drama Critics Award nomination for Best Actress In a Musical. She also created and performed a one-woman musical comedy, Trashmania, writing music and lyrics as well as designing and building sets and creating costumes. Trashmania was commissioned by, and performed at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL near Chicago. She continues to be an active painter and print-maker as well as a book illustrator for Free River Press.