Bonnie Milne, the Toronto Area Music Instructor has been called an unlikely “pop star.” With the release of her latest single, “New Beginnings,” the classically trained pianist and composer has managed to crossover by reaching #60 on the UK iTunes Pop Songs chart. The single follows her previous single, “Uncertain“, and her 2021 album, Anticipation.
Bonnie’s “Classical meets Pop” brand came about by combining the sounds of the classical music greats and the popular sounds of modern pop.
“New Beginnings” is a beautifully written instrumental. It evokes strong emotions throughout. At some points, I felt a strong intensity that raised the hairs on my arms. Throughout the rest of the track, it was an exciting mix of hopefulness, happiness, and wonder about what may come.
I was born and raised in a small central northern town in Ontario and studied classical piano from a young age. Around age 11, I realized that I could create music and began playing my compositions for family and friends. I continued studying music at university and completed my teaching degree, adding vocal music as a focus. I taught both piano and vocal lessons to numerous students over the years.
In addition to managing my own business, I began teaching music in elementary schools. I am now working as the Arts Facilitator for my board and implementing a music education program in all elementary schools. Along with the music teachers on my board, our goal is to “Inspire Music for Life” for our students.
I’ve always been inspired by the greats of classical music, Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin but also drawn to more contemporary instrumental music, such as Ludovico Einaudi, David Tolk, Piano Guys, and of course, the popular sounds of Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, Taylor Swift, and more.
My music is described as flowing, melodic, deeply emotional, and even intense at times. I have my own sense of dissonance to harmony that is unique to me, moving from major to minor and back, creating an emotional journey for the listener. I enjoy performing in the outdoors, surrounded by natural beauty.
I went through a challenging time and experienced betrayal and loss. I decided that I would try to be thankful for what I had learned through this process and look forward to what may come next.
While composing, I felt excitement and gratitude, which hopefully you can hear as you listen to “New Beginnings.” I love the sound of the soulful cello with the piano and the brilliance of the flute, so I layered counter melodies and harmony with this trio.
I decided to record myself playing my pieces and posting them on my social media accounts, and my website, which was helpful in staying connected with listeners.
Also, through a connection, I was able to find MTS Management Group, and very thankful for their marketing of my music.
I’ve always loved Sarah Maclachlan and her music. I have seen her perform and am always amazed how she sounds beautifully the same each time. She has also been a significant advocate for music education for children. She has inspired me in my work for the Board of Education and in my music writing. I’m hoping that I will get to meet her and even play with her one day.
I have many more pieces ready to be recorded and shared! I am hopeful that the summer will provide the time I need to get this done.
I am also in the midst of scheduling live performances for myself and hoping to play with other musicians so my listeners experience the complete sounds of my music.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.