New Jersey born R&B singer Sonyae Elise was one of the ReverbNation artists chosen to perform at the “I Love S.O.B.’s” music festival on April 30th.
On its 30-year anniversary, the famous Manhattan live music venue S.O.B’s decided to follow up their insane showing at this year’s SXSW festival, which included performances by Miguel, Machine Gun Kelly, Slaughterhouse, and 2 Chainz (who brought out Kanye West for a surprise set) with the month long “I Love S.O.B.’s” music festival. And in addition to a killer line-up, S.O.B.’s wanted to showcase a couple of independent artists and that’s when we came in offering the opportunity to our wide roster of amazing artists. Sonyae saw the opportunity and grabbed it.
Curious to learn more about her? So were we. Keep reading to find out how she first heard about the opportunity to play at the festival, what drove her to apply for it and what she has in store for her fans this year.
Having worked in theatre since the third grade, Sonyae quickly gravitated towards on and off Broadway stage performances for acclaimed shows such as Lion King, Le Miserable, Little Shop of Horrors and Rag Time. Sonyae’s musical influences range from 2 Pac to Prince, Linda Jones to Ella Fitzgerald and Phyllis Hyman to Barbara Streisand.
“My intentions are to provoke the very emotion in people that made me fall in love with this art form,” Sonyae says. “Essentially, I create to keep from going insane… the fact that others can relate, laugh, cry and possibly find their own peace of mind through my music is a plus.”
Sonyae has been extremely busy preparing for her time to shine and is now the winner of the new Bravo television series ‘Platinum Hit’.
How did you hear about the S.O.B.’s opportunity? Have you applied to other ReverbNation opportunities before?
I heard about the S.O.B.’s opportunity via ReverbNation and it was actually my first time ever hearing about and landing an opportunity of this magnitude thru ReverbNation.
Have you played S.O.B’s before? What attracted you to this opportunity?
I have performed at S.O.B.’s before but alongside other featured artist. This will be my first time performing at S.O.B.’s as a featured artist with an entire set. I’m excited!
What are you looking forward to with this show? Tell us a little about the music you have planned.
Most of the music I’m performing is unreleased so I’m looking forward to sharing new music with my #Rebs! I’m anxious to see/feel the response. The music is emotional and raw so people can expect a real live soul session! I’ll be singing, rapping and talking my shyt so be prepared for a good time.
What are your other touring plans for the summer? This year?
Touring plans for this summer are TBA. This year I’ll be working on my first studio album as well as doing a bunch of writing and collaborating with other artist.
Listen to Sonyae’s music here.