A former voice student of Bernard Izzo of the Chicago Opera Company, Bonnie Eisele studied singing at the University of Illinois in Champagne. After a brief period as a public school teacher, she worked with the Free Street Theater Company, with whom she toured Europe. Traveling to Brazil in 1976, she spent a year studying the country's singing and dancing traditions. She has collaborated with the legendary drummer Les DeMerle for several decades, producing many albums and touring the world many times over. Now calling Florida's Amelia Island home. Les produces the annual Amelia Island Jazz Festival and they've been a fixture at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, where she's performed with the Dynamic Les DeMerle Orchestra Featuring Bonnie Eisele since 1991.