Bonnie Tyler is a popular UK singer, who was nominated for a Grammy Award three times. Her real name is Gaynor Hopkins. The artist was born on 8 June 1951 in South Wales. She spent her childhood in a small town with three sisters and four brothers.
Gaynor’s family listened to different music. Hopkins showed her talent when she was very young. The first song she performed for her family was a religious anthem. The young girl attended the church choir but thought it was boring. At home, she listened to blues and rock-and-roll.
When Gaynor graduated from high school, she got a job at a nearby store. The young woman honed her talent by performing at a local nightclub. At 18, Hopkins participated in a singing contest. It was arranged for local amateurs in her hometown. Gaynor came in second. That small victory helped the artist decide to devote her life to music.
Hopkin’s next achievement was a victory in another contest. She performed a popular song, “Those Were the Days”. Gaynor was chosen by the judges out of several hundred teenagers. The victory helped her become a part of a band, Bobby Wayne and the Dixies. After some time, the singer formed her own group, Mumbles, the name of which was later changed to Imagination. The band performed in bars and nightclubs. At that time, Gaynor decided to take a pseudonym, Bonnie Tyler, with which she eventually became a famous singer.