Over many years of working in the music industry, Debra Bonner has developed great relationships and cherishes the close friends she has made. It has been a joy to work, learn, and perform with such talented, hard working, brilliant, influential celebrities and artists.
Debra continues to network, collaborate, and partner with the best in the world.
I trained Aaliyah Rose privately since she was 10 years old. She is now living out her dream and is currently one of the TOP 20 Contestants on the hit TV show, The Voice. I prepared Aaliyah for her Radio Disney Finale Performance, "Let It Go" which helped launch her career.
Madilyn Paige was a Finalist on hit television show "The Voice" Debra Bonner worked with Madilyn while she was competing on the TV show,The Voice. "I have never experienced the growth that I see take place as I undergo Debra's training." -Madilyn Paige
Debra trained Brook White since the age of 14. Brook was a successful contestant, as the 3rd runner up on American Idol, Season 7. She has a robust music career.
Grammy winner, R & B singer, and producer. At 14 years old, Ne-Yo thought that he was solely rapper, until he started working with Debra and found his true singing voice.
In 2008, Hernandez made it onto the reality competition series American Idol, landing in the top 12 before being eliminated. Debra trained David during his early twenties, which prepared him for his success on American Idol.
American Idol Contestant Season 4. Debra Bonner worked with Corey Clark in a boy band, that included Ne-Yo & her son, Mauli B.
Rev. Aldridge, Debra's childhood pastor, was pastor emeritus at Foss Avenue Baptist Church. He was former president of Wolverine State Baptist Convention and also former director general of the eight-million member National Baptist Congress. Rev. Aldridge rose to prominence in Flint during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Rev. Aldridge was Debra's mentor since she was 13 until his passing. He influenced her to be who she is today.
Vernon Wolfe is the Chairman of the Board of the International Academy of Holodynamics. He is internationally known as a therapist, and entrepreneur, and has created a system which allows an individual to find positive solutions to their problems. The system is called Holodynamics. Debra and Vernon have been friends for over 30 years. He has taught Debra this system. She has used it for the benefit of her family and students. Vernon has consented to be on her team for the transforming of Flint.
CEO Space was founded by Bernhard Dohrmann. The author of Diamond Heart, Money Magic, and Super Achievers, he is also the inventor of Super Teaching™, an accelerator learning hardware that enhances whole brain activity and supercharges a person’s ability to learn and retain information. Debra believes that because of CEOSPACE she has learned to think like millionaire. Coupled with Christ, all things are possible with the right tools, the right place, and with the right people.
Legendary Singing Coach Seth Riggs, the vocal coach for over 120 Grammy Award winners. He taught Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Tina Turner, Prince, Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Josh Groban, & Stevie Wonder...Debra trained intensely with Seth and was his close associate for over 20 years. Seth Riggs said to Debra, "I believe that the Lord sent you to me to teach this method." His technique was later named by Debra, "Speech Level Singing," which is the foundation of DebraTone.
In 2006 Richard Miller received the Voice Education Research Awareness Award from The Voice Foundation. For many years he gave teaching sessions worldwide. Richard Miller has written articles for over 120 professional journals. Top universities use his book, "The Structure of Singing" to train their students to teach voice. Debra trained with Richard and was his close associate for 9 years. Because of their friendship, he conducted several vocal seminars for Debra's teachers, a rare honor.
Michael is a prolific christian artist, writer, and composer. He has written for motion pictures and Broadway as well as several platinum albums. Debra sang in Israel for one of his works, "The Garden," and she is also featured as a soloist on that CD. Debra played Constance in his musical, "The Forgotten Carols." The Bonner family has traveled on tour with him, and performed in many of his concerts. Michael is better known to the Bonner kids as "Uncle Mike."
Debra was a guest soloist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1996 and featured on the album, "An American Heritage of Spirituals." Click on the link below to hear #7, "I Cannot Stay Here By Myself." In photo, from right to left: Gerald Ottley (choir director for the MOTAB), Debra Bonner (mezzo soprano soloist), Albert McNeil (director of the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers), Clay Christiansen (organist).
Gospel Music Legend, Iris Stevenson is the original Sister Act. Her personality was played on the big screen by actress Whoopie Goldberg, who shadowed her for the part. She is the choral teacher for Crenshaw high school, a celebrity choir. Also Director of the Church of God in Christ, (COGIC AIM). Debra was the vocal coach for Iris's choirs and performed with Iris and the choir on a tour in Korea. Debra also performed for a foreign billionaire. In attendance was Simon Cowell and Elton John.
This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Gladys's son, Jimmy Newman, was the Bonner's best friend, before he passed. He managed Gladys, as well as Debra's two children, Mauli b and Yunga at the age 13 and 14. Later, Gladys and her daughter, Kenya, managed Mauli b as part of a boys band. Debra and Gladys friendship go back a long way. Debra vocally trained two of her background singers.