Jaime Antonio Bonilla Santiago better known as “Jimmy” was born Esat Chicago, Indiana and raised in Coamo, Puerto Rico, a city on the southcentral part of the Island of Puerto Rico. Here he received his primary and secondary education and became interested in music and sports. In 1977, he took part in his first concert playing flute while a teenager with the Jose I. Quinton School Band and in 1989, he made his debut as a backup singer in Germany. This all happened one day in which Mr. Bonilla was invited by previous lead singer of La Orquesta La Solucion de Puerto Rico Anthony Martinez to do background vocals with local Orchestra La Conexion Latina. Anthony just relocated to Germany and statred to sing with La Conexion Latina. This is when Jimmy Bonilla singing career stated. Once relocated back to the United States Mr. Bonilla was assigned to Carlisle Barracks, PA. While station at Carlisle Barracks, due to military obligations Mr. Bonilla did not continue his singing career.
Jimmy Bonilla relocated to Fort Campbell, KY and while attending church met with old friend Willie Crespo ex lead singer from Orquesta Costa Brava de Puerto Rico. Willie was invited to sing in Nashville with Al Delory and Mambo 98. Willie invited Mr. Bonilla to come along and play percussion and to do background vocals. Jaime Bonilla stayed with Al Delory Orchestra for a period of 6 years and recorded one album “Hot Gandinga” in which he sings the smash hits “Zum Zum Babae” and “La Pegadita.” In addition, Mr. Bonilla played all the minor percussion in the album including the bongos.
From 2003 to 2006 while station at San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Bonilla played and sang with local orchestras such as “La Predilecta” and Orquesta Shati. With these orchestras Jaime “Jimmy’ Bonilla travel to sing in South Central United States. This includes the opening for Grupo Niche in Killen, Texas and performances at TV shows with local Univision Chanel. Anthony Martines, Willie Crespo and Shati Martinez-Bonilla helped Jimmy polished his voice, by proviing him guidance and encouragement.
In 2007, retired from United States Army, Jaime returned to Nashville area and played with Al Delory, Willie Crespo y su Salsarengue, Jay Franco y su Orquesta and Orquesta Afinque. In 2010, Jaime decided to do his own band “Jimmy Bonilla Band” composed of only seven members (no horns). After playing for two years at local venues Jaime decided to put together the Orchestra “ Jimmy Bonilla.”
Since then Jaime recorded two demo songs and had performed at Nashville, TN, Louisville, KY. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN, ASACAP Awards in Nashville, TN, Special Guest to perform at Nashville Jazz Workshop for 4 consecutive years.
He is currently promoting his new CD Tribute "Inicios" in whish was released in June 2016