Sonna Rele is a talented artist hailing from the UK. She clearly inherited the musical gene from her parents who are professional musicians. It was R&B star Ne-Yo that discovered the singer on Facebook and signed her to his label after witnessing her skill in performing cover songs on her Music Monday series. She is a gifted singer that has a beautiful voice that is mesmerizing. Couple that with the fact she is a gifted musician and has plans for a new EP and is regularly touring it won’t be long before aspiring musicians are covering her material. Check out the interview below:
What are your earliest musical memories?
My earliest musical memories include myself learning the violin. Also after watching Cinderella and wanting to sing and play music. A lot of the disney films inspired me to sing.
What inspires you to be an artist?
I feel being able to express my perspective in a creative way through music inspires me to share with others. If it is a feeling, idea or situation that listeners can relate to, I feel like I have done my job as an artist.
Who are your musical influences?
My mom and dad, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson… just to name a few.
What career would you be pursuing if it wasn’t music?
Psychology is something I like to learn about in my spare time, so probably something in that field.
What is something that people don’t know about Sonna Rele?
I am addicted to chocolate
What were some of the obstacles you faced in having a music career and how did you overcome them?
Not having time for a personal life has been one of the hardest challenges. I try to find a balance in everything I do, but it is still something I am working on.
Another obstacle I have faced is not being able to switch off. Where some have a 9-5, being in music can be 24/7 a lot of times.
What is one thing you wish you knew about the music business that you know now?
There is a lot more business than music than I anticipated!
What was your most embarrassing moment?
One of my most embarrassing moments is when I greeted the wrong city on tour. Instead of saying, “What’s up Birmingham,” I said “What’s up Brixton!”
People started booing!
What was it like working with Neyo?
It doesn’t feel like work at all, it has been a lot of fun! Neyo is really sweet, funny and knows how to make people feel good. He is a talented writer and singer.
What’s next for Sonna Rele?
I will be going on a U.K. tour with Neyo in the fall and will be releasing my own EP and some more surprises in my social media platform…Stay tuned!!!
Check out more of Sonna Rele: http://sonnarele.com