Indie Artist Spotlight: Sonya McGuire
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Sonya McGuire, a woman of extraordinary talent and an inspirational artist is back with the release of a new single “The Next Chapter” due out July 2012, and her sophomore album “The Next Chapter” due Spring 2013. But until then you can catch her on air as a radio personality for FreeDem Radio (an internet gospel radio station at www.FreeDemRadio.com)
Sonya, the daughter of a preacher, learned to sing, act, and appreciate music at a very early age. Music played a prominent role in her growing up, so she had no other choice but to follow the unofficial “family business” of being involved in music ministry. At first, Sonya initially chose to play drums, but as time passed she developed a love for singing and directing, and she was the clear choice for becoming musical director at her father’s church.
With her unique ministry and style of praise and worship, she has electrified audiences with an original praise and worship experience. With a vocal ability that is compared to none and marveled by many, Sonya has incorporated thought provoking lyrics with unmistakable jazz overtones into her music. Her songwriting ability lends to the blending of soul, traditional gospel, jazz, funk and praise/worship.
Her amazing gift has afforded her the opportunity to share the stage with some of gospel’s greatest from Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribett, Donnie McClurkin, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Fred Hammond, Kim Burrell, Marvin Sapp, Natalie Wilson and S.O.P., Israel Houghton, Karen Clark –Sheard, Rizen, Youthful Praise, Mary Mary, , and the Georgia Mass Choir. She also has had the privilege to share the stage with Mariah Carey as well.
In 2005, Sonya took her music ministry internationally, as she was set to deliver several concerts during a twenty-one day European Tour. God’s presence had become so prevalent that the tour became more than just concerts — it evolved into a worship and praise experience. Besides the European tour she also has ministered in 18 cities in Asia (from Japan to Malaysia). As a result of her overseas ministry, Sonya has toured annually and has released a European Christmas DVD of her ministry overseas. All of her work shows the passion Sonya has for music and the mission to win souls for Christ (which is the heart of her ministry — and it transcends racial, cultural, and even language barriers).
Sonya has received numerous awards and nominations throughout her career including Best New Female Artist at the 2008 YGEA Awards, Best New Artist at the 2008 Gospel Choice Awards and 2009 Stellar Awards, Best Female Singer for the 2010 and 2011 Gospel Choice Awards.
With all her accomplishments, McGuire is still yet a faithful servant in her community. She is the founder of three nonprofit organizations: Sister, Soul & Psalms (an organization that empowers women of the arts); Psalms of Thanks (which serves as a vehicle that provides food, and clothes to those individuals that are less fortunate), and The Think Project (an adolescent and teen empowerment movement).
Not only is Sonya McGuire a powerful Psalmist and an anointed woman of God, she has also made herself available to share her gifts in conducting choir workshops, conference and praise/music seminars throughout the United States –including worship symposiums that include power teachings on “The Principles of Plowing.”
Sonya has experienced monumental success of her chart toping first album My Journey, and she is now gearing up for her follow-up album The Next Chapter slated to be released in Spring 2013.
Please join me in supporting Sonya as she brings the forth the gospel not only through her song, with a style her own, but as she continues to serve the needs of those most within the community.
Author: Kay Ann (@KayAnn_G), social media strategist, blogger, lover of gospel music