Stirring timeless influences with modern pop sensibilities, 21-year-old Sonny offers something a little different in the current landscape. It’s a sound that has seen him reach 20 million streams at Spotify within just a handful of releases, including his breakthrough ‘Princess’.
While he’s currently best known for his laidback ballads, his new single ‘Place I Love’ presents a much bigger sound. That spirited, mature-beyond-his-year vocal once again stands out with its strong-armed soul. It adorns a potent pop-rock anthem with a resounding live energy and an undercurrent of contemporary country.
Here’s what Sonny had to say when we had the chance to ask him some questions.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“My key musical influences have always been soul and acoustic artists! The likes of Stevie Wonder, Etta James, James Morrison, Paolo Nutini”.
What has been your best gig?
“I got flown out to Santorini once to do a gig and that was an amazing experience, the sunset was unbelievable!”
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“I’ve just released a song called ‘Place I Love’ about my hometown South Shields. The response has been great. I’m always writing and recording so I’m looking forward to getting more music out soon”.
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“Soulful, Honest, Passionate”.
What makes your music stand out?
“That’s a really hard question! I think you all need to have a listen yourselves and tell me 😉”
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“My plans for 2020 are to make loads of class music, make sweet love to a beautiful woman and try and enjoy Christmas in lockdown. Nah in all seriousness I’m gonna work towards an EP for the rest of this year”.
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“I honestly only just worked out what I’m having for breakfast!! Maybe my amazing first serve when I’m playing tennis!”
Any gig’s coming up?
“I wish. All gigs are cancelled! I’m always doing Live-streams such as Sonny Sunday’s! You can check me out on all social media @sonnysocials”
By Siân Parker