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Bonnie Tyler

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Skewen, Wales, United Kingdom

Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins on 8 June 1951- Skewen, Wales, United Kingdom) is a Welsh singer, songwriter and businesswoman.

Beginning as a local singer in Swansea, Tyler came to prominence with the release of her 1976 album The World Starts Tonight and its singles Lost In France and More Than A Lover. Her 1978 single It’s a Heartache was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number one in several European countries and breaking the American charts. After winning the 10th World Popular Song Festival with 1979 single Sitting On The Edge Of The Ocean, Tyler converted from country music to rock music. Her career peaked in the 1980s with her Jim Steinman collaboration, releasing international hits Total Eclipse of the Heart, Holding Out for a Hero, If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man) and Here She Comes.

Tyler’s shift from rock to soft pop in the 1990s led to further success in continental Europe with singles Bitterblue and Fools Lullaby. With German producer Dieter Bohlen, Tyler had continued success with three albums before releasing in the UK and America again, and her 1995 single Making Love (Out Of Nothing At All) narrowly missed the UK Top 40.

Making a comeback in 2004, Tyler released Si Demain… (Turn Around) with Kareen Antonn, which was a number one in France for ten weeks, selling over 700,000 copies. In recent years Tyler has appeared on several UK TV shows, making a cameo appearance on Hollyoaks Later, toured with Robin Gibb in 2010 and Status Quo in 2012. Her latest album Rocks & Honey (released by her own record label, Celtic Swan Recordings) has had modest success in Europe, with her latest single Believe in Me being used as the UK’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

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