Artist Facts

  • Born November 12, 1960, in Oxford, MS
  • Parents: Marguerite Bonner-Pinson and the late Rev. Cassie Bonner, Sr.
  • Named after prophetess and judge Deborah in the Holy Bible. Deborah means Queen Bee and beholder of beauty
  • Father was the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Falkner, MS; Gospel Singer, Evangelist, and Dean of MI College
  • Seven Siblings: four (4) brothers (one serves as a minister); two (2) sisters; one (1) half brother
  • First Single “I Got Shoes" recorded at age 16 in 1975 at Rust College
  • Education: Graduate of Oxford High School; Attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College (Major: Child Development in Early Education) and Santa Fe Community College (Major: Early Childhood Education)
  • Married Rev. Roy Prather in 1979
  • Relocated to metro Atlanta mid-1980s
  • Three (3) children: Tiffany, Roy D., Marquel and four (4) grandchildren
  • Singing Groups: The Bonner Family with her brothers Debra served as lead singer; Bonner
  • Singers with three of her cousins who formed the group in the 1970s Debra served as lead singer; and The Bonner Sisters singing three-part harmony with both sisters