SHARING TESTIMONIES THROUGH SONG
The Bonner Family is far from the contemporary, traditional family. The family of 10 has been able to keep Jesus Christ as the center of their lives as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through their faith and love for music, they have been able to incorporate music in their respective careers. Despite residing in different states, they remain the best of friends. As they share their love for Christ and music, they hope to bless and inspire all that are compelled to listen.
Meet the Family
Debra Bonner grew a passion for praising the Lord in song at the age of 13 when she began soloing in her church choir. Debra has since then taught thousands of students voice over the span of 45+ years. She has been a soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, is a featured singer in Michael McCleans “The Garden” and is currently writing a book on her critically acclaimed vocal technique. Christ, education, and love for family remains a constant theme in the Bonner home.
Harry Bonner a Cincinnati, Ohio native was no stranger to music as his Aunt Grace was one of the founders of gospel music in their area! He met Debra at the University of Michigan where Harry specialized in supervising activities in recreational centers. They were both earning their Masters degree. Their love for Jesus Christ and gospel music helped them to raise 8 amazing children who also share that love.
Nolong Bonner Bullock is the eldest of the Bonner children. She earned a B.S. degree in Psychology with a minor in Literature. After long evenings on the football fields of her two teenage boys, and helping her eldest daughter in her own artistic endeavors, she enjoys evenings with her husband in the kitchen and an occasional movie. She finds her gratification lies in teaching voice and developing rising stars.
Yunga has been performing and teaching for the last 25 years. Currently, she is the Musical Theatre Director and department head for an independent school where she is able to share her love of music every day. As a wife and mother, she enjoys spending time with her husband while cooking and singing with her daughter at home.
Clotile Yanna is the 4th born and 3rd daughter of the Bonners. She has travelled to Brazil, South Korea, the Republic of Georgia, China, Argentina, Budapest, the North, South, East, and West of the US with music reviews and a Broadway tour. Though music takes her far from home from time to time, it’s family that always brings her back centered, focused and renewed. Her favorite thing as of late is going on long walks with her husband Norbert and newborn baby Gilbert.
KUREGIY "YAHOSH" BONNER
Yahosh is the 5th born of the Bonner children. Yahosh played college basketball at the University of Northern Colorado, and graduated with his Masters degree in Professional Communication from Southern Utah University. In addition to his rising music career, he works as an athletic director, inspirational speaker and an actor. Married to Vanessa who is originally from Haiti, they have three beautiful children
Conlon Bonner is the father of 4 children and is married to his beautiful wife Rachel. Conlon received his bachelor’s degree from BYU in Communication Studies and is finishing his Masters at Southern Utah University. He served his mission in Orlando, Florida, and teaches Seminary full-time in Provo, UT. In The Bonner family, he is number six out of the eight children, and always enjoys being able to sing with his family!
Oyoyo Joi is the 7th of the 8 Bonner children.]She has studied voice since childhood, and trained vigorously to become a triple threat while in the Music, Dance Theater program at Brigham Young University. Because of her level of talent, Oyoyo was selected as a lead company singer and dancer for BYU's elite musical theater group. She toured nationally and internationally for three years, performing in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Cuba as well as throughout the USA. Oyoyo's older sibling's experiences and influence gave Oyoyo the work ethic and drive that helped her land her first Broadway role a Tony award winning show.
Aside from singing with his family, Oba (#8) lives in LA pursuing a music career. Oba stepped away from the music scene to be an LDS missionary in South Africa for two years. During this time, he kept a handheld recorder close so that he could record all of the song ideas that would run through his mind. Aside from singing with his family, Oba has worked with artists such as Brandy, Queen Latifah, and Jojo.