Self-described as a‘corner shop girl singing of freedom’, Soni is preparing for two single releases due May 15 and June 19, 2020, as well as a 3-song EP on July 24 via London’s Buttercuts Records.
Born in the UK and raised stateside, Soul/Pop/R&B artist SONI has overcome the blues with soulful sounds and lyrics of optimism. She writes of immigration issues, loss of loved ones and how the love of friends and family make life worth it all.
Her love for music starts with disco and old skool hip hop and she started singing in a gospel choir in her teens, challenging the brown girl stereotype. At the age of 18 she sang in a small choir with Lurine Cato(winner of 2013 Mobo) in a local church. SONI also worked with DJ Phoenix on East Side Records on a Garage tune called Sunshine released in 2001. SONI had received a Prince’s Trust Award and worked with London Arts and City Showcase before leaving for the USA to care for her father who sadly passed and was not able to come back to UK for many years.
Her musical family brought her back to the UK to finish recording this EP Rebel Star. Influenced by the sights and sounds around her, this EP features 3 tracks merging the sounds of dance, hip hop and pop.
“Happy to serve” reminds of the angst of being the shopkeepers daughter.
“Yeah I’m that girl from around the way, the one pops tried to hide.. Cuz he didn’t want me to get into trouble”.