A native of Chicago suburb Naperville, IL, vocalist and recording artist Bonnie Eisele began her career singing in community theater productions. She continued her studies of music and voice at the University of Illinois, Champaign, where she starred in musical plays in the University Theatre while majoring in speech/speech therapy. After graduation she toured the United States and Europe with The Chicago Free Street Theater, an original musical theater and dance group. Returning to Chicago Bonnie became vice president and sales representative of a jingle company and also sang on many local and national television commercials including spots for United Airlines, KFC, and Hallmark Greeting Cards.
Wife of Les DeMerle, Bonnie is the featured vocalist with the Dynamic Les DeMerle Band. She has appeared with the band at many popular jazz clubs, including Somerset’s in Singapore; City Jazz in Orlando; The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head; and Arturo Sandoval’s in Miami. She also has toured the U.S. and Europe with the Chicago Free Street Theater, an original musical theater and dance group. Bonnie’s diverse performing experience includes singing at the Chicago Playboy Club, Chicago Fest, Drury Lane Theater and Miami’s Fontainebleau Resort. She studied music and dance in Brazil on a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship.
Bonnie has recorded thirteen studio and live CDs as featured vocalist for the Dynamic Les DeMerle Band. She is admirably comfortable with a wide range of material–her extensive and tasteful repertoire transcends all forms of jazz artistry, from Swing to Latin. No matter the type of song, Bonnie injects a distinctive and soulful style into its performance.
“Extraordinary best defines the talents of Bonnie Eisele who just illuminates with her powerful voice, which in some ways is reminiscent of Keely Smith with a faint touch of Billie Holiday.”