Grammy Winner Karla Bonoff headlined the first Skaneateles Arts Council gala. Accompanying her was Kenny Edwards, a leading LA session player and record producer.
With a career spanning four decades, Bonoff has enjoyed critical acclaim, commercial success, enduring popularity and the unwavering respect of her peers. In addition to achieving chart success with her own recordings, Karla has seen her songs become hits for such stellar artists as Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd and Linda Ronstadt.
Bonoff has enjoyed a soaring career as a singer/songwriter. The late Timothy White, Editor, Billboard Magazine, in 1999 said “Bonoff is one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation, with many of her ballads having become classics of American pop songwriting in the second half of the century.” Bonoff’s hits include: “If He’s Ever Near”, “I Can’t Hold On,” “Lose Again,” “Home,” “Isn’t It Always Love,” “Baby Don’t Go,” “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me,” Personally,” “Like a Falling Star,” and “All My Life.” She has recorded over 13 albums, including recordings with the pop group Bryndle, comprised of Kenny Edwards, Andrew Gold, and Wendy Waldman. Linda Ronstadt won a GRAMMY® in1990, for Best Pop Vocal, covering Bonoff’s song “All My Life.”
Kenny Edwards teamed up with Bob Kimmel in 1965 and formed a folk group which would soon be embellished by the powerful vocals of Linda Ronstadt. The group became the Stone Ponys and secured a recording contract with Capitol Records, gaining considerable recognition by the American folk-rock mass. Their first album displayed lush harmonies provided by Edwards and Kimmel. The second album, released in 1967, contained the hit song “Different Drum,” which induced Capitol to send the band out on tour. However, just before the tour, the Stone Ponys terminated their relationship, leaving Linda Ronstadt to fulfill the final album commitment on the contract. Edwards would rejoin Ronstadt in 1974 and spend the next five years as a key force behind her successful run.
After leaving the Stone Ponys in 1968, Edwards united with Wendy Waldman, Andrew Gold, and Karla Bonoff, each of whom were prolific songwriters, accomplished musicians, and great singers. They had aspirations of launching individual careers, but enjoyed singing together so much that they decided to join forces. The quartet became Bryndle and would win a recording contract with A&M Records in 1970, but their only album remained in the can, and just the single “Woke Up This Morning” was released. The frustrating end to their dream caused Bryndle to disband, but they would re-form two decades later.
In 1974, Edwards was approached by Ronstadt to rejoin her band. He also brought along Andrew Gold. Edwards, played bass, remained the standing foundation in Ronstadt‘s band for the next five years, and with Gold, served as the spark that did ignited her career. Edwards worked with Ronstadt through her glory years, touring extensively and providing invaluable input in the studio which took full advantage of his multi-instrumental prowess, vocals, collaborative songwriting, and creative production ideas.
By the late ’70s, Edwards grew to become a talented, well-rounded, aspiring record producer whose next step would be commander of his own project. His former band mate from Bryndle, Karla Bonoff, landed a record deal with Columbia Records in 1977 and she called upon him to produce her. He produced all three albums; the first, “Karla Bonoff” was the most successful. Edwards expanded his role as a producer, as well as studio musician and vocalist, and branched out into production of feature films.
Other Edwards credits include writing and scoring films and teleplays. In the early ’90s, having enjoyed successful careers individually, Edwards, Waldman, Bonoff, and Gold re-united Bryndle . Their first CD was released on Music Masters/BMG Records. Edwards’ career has spanned four decades and he has participated in the creation of libraries full of hit songs and played an influential part in development of country-rock music and its boom during the ’70s.
The Skaneateles Area Arts Council’s special event was held at the beautiful lakeside home of Robert Kiltz, M.D. and Gina Castro, on the east side of Skaneateles lake. Matt Mulcahy, anchor, UPN 6 News, and reporter WSTM-TV, was emcee. In addition to the Bonoff concert, the event included “dinner under the stars” by the Sherwood Inn, with desserts from the Aurora Inn and Icing-on-the-Cake. Over thirty companies and individuals sponsored the event, including: Absolute Prestige Limousine, Aurora Inn, Bob and Sally Neumann, Cardiovascular Technology Resources, Clear Channel Radio, CNY Fertility, CNY Healing Arts, Context Printing Solutions, Creekside Books & Coffee, Donna and Bill Davis, Eagle Newspapers, Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Fleur de Lis Florist, Icing-on-the-Cake, Jim and Kimball Kraus, Julie and Joe Scuderi, Laurie Lillie Photographie, Linda Roche Real Estate, Michele Gardiner Design, Michael P. Falcone, Ozminkowski Lighting, Packwood House, Partners Trust Bank, Robert Kiltz, M.D. and Gina Castro, Skaneateles Properties, Syracuse.com, The Citizen, The Sherwood Inn, Thérèse Verley Strodel, University Hospital and Welch Allyn.