“…SONNET’S MUSIC ENTICES YOU INTO HER SOUL WHILE IT CONVINCES YOU TO EXPLORE YOUR OWN…”PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN, MUSIC FRIDAY
“…YOU HAVE ONE OF THOSE VOICES (SONNET) THAT IS LIKE…WHAT IS THAT…IN A GOOD WAY. IT’S LIKE SOMETHING WE’VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE…” BRAD PAISLEY (ABC RISING STAR 2014)
“…I WAS ENTRANCED BY YOU…” KESHA (ABC RISING STAR 2014)
The Short of it:
Born in Athens, Greece, Sonnet was raised in a cult up until the age of 5 when she, her sister and her mother escaped. She grew up in LA and got an opera scholarship to UCLA, where she studied both opera, jazz, and pop. Songwriting was the missing link to discovering her true voice as an artist.
Sonnet has placed songs in such campaigns as Overstock.com, Coca-Cola, Lee Jean, and more… She garnered the love of America as a top contestant on ABC’s Rising Star. She captivates her audience with her soulful, unworldly voice and clever thought provoking lyrics.
Along with her singing and songwriting, Sonnet is VP of Catch the Moon Music, a music licensing company in Los Angeles and takes great joy in helping other artists create a living doing what the love.
Most recently, Sonnet has been seen and heard singing at the Hollywood Bowl and Los Angeles Disney Concert Hall with Kamasi Washington and Miles Mosley.
Sonnet lives in LA with her husband and a baby girl on the way. 🙂
The Long of it:
Combine Gwen Stefani’s electro pop beats interwoven with Fiona Apple’s lyrical aptitude and Sara Bareilles’ piano styling, and you will start to understand the sound of Sonnet Simmons’ self-titled debut EP. Sonnet, her given name, delivers a fresh perspective of pop, illuminated with pulsating electronic beats and themes that connect across emotional lines and frame her eight-song debut EP.
Top 13 on ABC Rising Star, Sonnet won the country over with her soulful performances, vocal range, and ability to make each song her own.
This ascending singer-songwriter first captivated national audiences with her song, “You’re So Good for Me,” which was featured in a Coca-Cola/Lagoon Park campaign, hitting the Top 100 downloads list for Amazon, appearing on iTunes, and garnering over 40K downloads in its first month. In August of 2012, Overstock.com debuted the first in a series of three commercials featuring Sonnet singing the Overstock.com song, “O is the One,” which she co-wrote.
Despite her melodic and piano prowess, Sonnet wasn’t born into the music business. Born in Athens, Greece, Sonnet was raised in a cult up until the age of 5 when she, her sister and her mother escaped moving to Los Angeles. Sonnet lived a gypsy-like lifestyle with her mother and sister, travelling around Europe and Asia, changing schools five times before the end of 6th grade.
During her nomadic adventures when she was constantly moving from one place to the next, music was her solace, her rhythmical soul mate. After attending Hamilton Music Academy of Music (a performing arts high school in LA), she earned a Jazz Voice degree from UCLA. Following graduation, she subsequently moved to New York with her first love, in hopes of making her dreams come true, only to realize that she needed to find her own voice before further embarking on her musical journey. “I thought writing was out of my grasp,” she recalls, “but it was the missing link.”
Sonnet released her new self-titled EP in 2012, eight tracks that blend energetic dance anthems and compelling vocals, while incorporating traces of some of her greatest inspirations—Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ani Difranco. For this pivotal project, she enlisted a preeminent team of producers, mixers and composers who have all worked with such musical megastars as Michael Jackson, Adele, Beyonce, and Josh Groban.
Sonnet examines male and female dynamics and shares the lessons she’s learned about love, life, and relationships. Her creative doctrine, so poignantly articulated by thirteenth-century poet, Rumi, is “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”