Sonny Southon is a singer/songwriter from New Zealand of Samoan/Scottish heritage. Whilst living in the UK she worked as a backing singer for Sir Bob Geldof, Duran Duran and Matt Bianco.
Sonny signed to Warner Chappel Music Publishing UK Ltd and went on to release her first self-penned album ‘Falling Through a Cloud’ selling 80,000 copies worldwide and achieving critical acclaim in the UK. The album was produced by David Kershanbaum (Tracy Chapman/Sheryl Crow) in LA and named Best Top 100 albums in the UK’s ‘Q’ magazine. Her second album ‘All the Colours’ followed and was produced by Jazz musician, Jeff Lorber.
During her time away from New Zealand, Sonny has enjoyed many great experiences including; Joni Mitchell joining her on stage in LA for a very unexpected jam session; being hired to sing at Jack Nicholson’s birthday party; dinner at Bryan Ferry’s castle (baked beans followed by bread and butter pudding) and the legendary Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour playing harmonica while she played one of her songs at the piano at an impromptu jam during an after-show party, to name only a few.
Sonny love all genres of music and her love of the human voice has led her to accidentally singing Opera in Italy, learning the guttural style of singing with the Gypsy Kings in the South of France, studying Mongolian ‘over-toning’, chanting in India to exploring musical therapy using the voice as a possible means to healing.
Sonny now lives in Wellington, NZ continuing to write songs, record, perform whilst creating opportunities for New Zealand’s new musical talent.
SONGWRITING, RECORDING AND PRODUCING
Sonny is currently working on a third album which will be released in 2019 and producing young talent who are about to embark on their own musical journeys. Follow her story on Facebook
VOCAL COACH AND MENTOR
She also works as a vocal coach and mentor helping and finding New Zealand’s talent with a couple of exciting projects in the pipeline. Email Sonny