About Debra Bonner
Debra Bonner found school difficult until her best friend introduced her to Jesus Christ at the age of thirteen. Debra embraced her worship services and learned to read by singing from the hymnal. Her life totally changed as her mind expanded in knowledge and understanding through the Spirit. Her pastor, Avery Aldridge, choir director, James Peoples, and the Foss Avenue Baptist Church family in Flint, MI loved and nurtured Debra. They paid for her voice lessons until she graduated from high school - with honors.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance, Debra married her sweetheart, Harry. Three months later they served a Baptist mission in Liberia, West Africa for nearly two years. Prompted to return to the States, Debra became an inner-city high school choir director for nearly two years, continuing to change lives for good. She then moved west where she became close associates of two of the most celebrated vocal pedagogues of the 20th Century: Richard Miller and Seth Riggs.
Debra, along with her associates and students, had trained well over one hundred Grammy, Tony and Opera winners. Debra has sung as a guest soloist, and recorded, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She has also been featured on various gospel, jazz and classical recordings. Debra has performed around the world and has developed her own vocal technique, DebraTone.
Debra is a testament to the positive power that singing can have on youth and how a life can change with positive mentorship and a little financial support. Her dream is to transform young people's lives to give them hope, joy and self-esteem by helping them find their authentic voice while singing songs of inspiration. "I believe that the Lord sent you to me to teach this method."
Debra and Harry Bonner have taught their children from the time they could walk the importance of finding their "true voice" and each of them have gone on to find success in the music industry. Now Debra would like to introduce you to her family in this tribute - written, directed and produced by her own children.
DebraTone is a method of vocal instruction that develops the muscles inside the larynx. As muscles are coordinated and then strengthened, the voice becomes flexible, clear and connected, producing an individual's "true voice" at it's best. The tone is beautiful and natural.
Just following a systematic approach with vocal exercises the voice will improve naturally.
About United Voices International
United Voices International is a program of EquityServe Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Foundation. As a non-profit, United Voices International is taking its program into cities around the world to empower youth as they discover their "true voice," develop integrity and become the leaders of the future.