Sonny Southon is Samoan/Scottish, and after singing with her Samoan father in local bands left her homeland Aotearoa, New Zealand at 17, with one dream – to become a singer-songwriter and travel the world.
It was a leap of faith that would see her find her way to London and sing with luminaries as varied as Bob Geldof, Duran Duran, Bryan Ferry and Matt Bianco. She has travelled solo to all four corners of the globe setting up homes in London, Los Angeles, Milan and Sydney.
She has performed to audiences at Wembley Arena, Knebworth, Glastonbury, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Cafe, Montraeux Jazz Festival, UK’s Top of the Pops, numerous festivals and many, many more.
She has met many musicians along the way and some of her favourite memories during this time are; Joni Mitchell joining her on stage in LA for a very unexpected jam session, being hired to sing at Jack Nicholson’s birthday party, recording and hanging out at Bryan Ferry’s castle, playing piano alongside David Gilmour playing harmonica at a Pink Floyd after-show party – to name just a few.
Sonny signed her songs to Warner Chappell Publishing UK, and recorded her first album ‘Falling Through A Cloud’ with producer David Kershanbaum (Tracy Chapman/Sheryl Crow) . Her second album ‘All the Colors’ was produced by Jeff Lorber.
After a hiatus, she is now releasing her first self-produced album in 2024, with the first single ‘Always Be Love’ out 8 December 2023. Pre Save Here
She is an artist drawing from a life of unique authenticity, both in and out of the studio. She loves to write songs, engineer and produce music, and helping other musicians. She recently launched her initiative The Music Seeds which offers Mindset and Wellbeing Coaching to Musicians and Artist Development to emerging musicians. Sonny is also an Advanced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500 YACEP) – her other passion.