? The love child of Lenny Kravitz & Ianlya Vanzant?
Artiste on Polygram, columnist in Marie Claire & agony aunt on LBC radio! The first thing you need to know about this British diva is that she is a Gemini. Faithfully exercising the prerogative of those born under the sign of the twins, to be a bonafide multi-tasker. Translated; parallel careers (songstress, astrologer & journalist) and embracing a kaleidoscope of musical genres. Citing a broad-spectrum of influences ranging through Gladys knight, Kate bush,The Isleys,Shirley Bassey,Seal,Carole King, Jeff Buckley, Jamiroquai, & Burt Bacharach! Sonya is as difficult to pigeonhole as fellow Gemini Prince. But her eclectic sound, best described as ?Flower power soul? bar the odd purist homage to retro disco; is far from schizophrenic & remains cohesive & commercial thanks to the consistency of her love for all things 70?s.
Weaned from birth on a daily diet ofTeddy Pendergrass, Millie Jackson, The Carpenters, Minnie Ripperton & Barry White; Sonya still mourns missing out on Studio 54 & flares the first time around. Her fondness for Philly strings, dramatic deep- south vocals & Hippie Chic vibes is evident from the folky-funky rock of In your Eyes to the thumping classic disco of Love Divine.
Sonya conforms to nobody?s idea of the astrologer, spiritual & emotive songwriter or the philosophy major that she is.Hip, black & ?bootilicious?, she?s is one of the most articulate personalities on the planet but also possesses one of the best soul voices to come out of the UK.
As her colourful CV attests, Sonya is a genuinely multi-talented, pint-sized powerhouse. After notching up a European dance hit ?Don?t want Ya? (Discoin, Italy) & a UK top 60, no.1 club smash ?Love Itch? (Chrysalis); Sonya (prompted by clichéd major label politics & power struggles) deftly shed her dance queen incarnation & reinvented herself as an acclaimed Psychological astrology guru. As the Managing Director of Navigators Astrology Consultants ltd. Sonya wrote pioneering columns for many top titles including - Marie Claire, Heart & Soul (US) and The Voice Newspaper. Her many TV credits include ITV1 & BBC1 & international publication features range from The Telegraph to The Daily Mirror and Women?s Health.
Meanwhile her music steadily developed under One Management and while juggling marriage, motherhood & media, she also managed to perfect an impressive catalogue of 30+ mastered, co ?writes. To date she has collaborated with over 10 producers including
Geoff Dugmore (Dido, Robbie Williams, Europeans), Tim Gordine (Robbie Robinson, Tinstar), Ron Rogers (T ?Pau), Lotown (Curiosity killed the cat, Soul II Soul).
Sonya?s Damascus road? conversion in 2002 led to a period of intensive biblical scholarship, early retirement from her astrological career & signing up to Akin & Randolph Agency in New York.
In 2003 Sonya joined independent filmmakers Buccaneer Distribution as Associate Strategic Director, promoting their cult feature ?Emotional Backgammon? internationally & reunited with music impresario Viv Broughton (Mica Paris, EMI,Island records) her long time mentor & owner of the legendary Premises Studios; to develop an international TV music show to showcase all her talents.
By 2004 they had persuaded hit making, music producer Mark Lewis (Mary J Blige, Sugarbabes, LL Cool J,) to bring his transatlantic savvy to the team & remix the best of Sonya?s collection; while She & her family emigrated from London, to Curacao (Dutch Caribbean).
2005 found Sonya renovating her villa, bringing Advanced Dynamics the Caribbean?s premier TV production house & Eddie Grant (Ice studios Barbados) into the mix; & negotiating with the region?s biggest TV, Radio & publishing networks for the original show & other entertainment projects. Phew!
This year Sonya aims to consolidate the team?s mission to see her emerge as the hottest new J-Lo style, multi media phenomena..Oh yes, and to finally finish unpacking!