Friday, February 5, 2010

Sonia

Sonia (born Sonia Evans on February 13, 1971 in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, England; raised in Liverpool) is a female English pop singer, who had moderate success in the US, but was very popular in the UK.

Sonia started her singing career in 1989 when it was launched by songwriting group Stock Aitken Waterman and was signed to Chrysalis Records after badgering Pete Waterman (of Stock Aitken Waterman) to listen to her sing outside a recording studio in Liverpool. Waterman had Sonia sing on his weekly radio broadcast.
In June of 1989, Sonia released her debut single, "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You" which topped the UK Singles chart for two weeks, making it Sonia's one and only #1 hit.

In the U.S., the song was also successful on the Billboard dance charts, peaking at #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
A year later, Sonia released her debut album, "Everybody Knows" which was released in the UK and Germany.
The second single from the album, "Listen to Your Heart" peaked at #10 on the UK Singles chart, #22 on the Irish Singles chart, and #39 on the French Singles chart.
The third single from the album, "Counting Every Minute" peaked at #16 on the UK Singles chart and #18 on the Irish Singles chart.
The fourth single from the album, "Can't Forget You" peaked at #17 on the UK Singles chart, #5 on the Irish Singles chart, and #17 on the Spanish Singles chart.
The last single from the album, a cover version of Skeeter Davis' song, "End of the World" peaked at #18 on the UK Singles chart and #18 on the Irish Singles chart. Despite the album reaching the top 10 the UK, Sonia was dropped from Chrysalis Records after releasing her debut album.
In June 1990, Sonia was featured on the single, "You've Got a Friend" with English boy-band, Big Fun which peaked at #14 on the UK Singles chart and #12 on the Irish Singles chart.
In October of 1991, Sonia released her self-titled sophomore album on independent record label, IQ. A year later in 1992, the album was repackaged and re-released in the US as Sonia's debut album.
The first single from the album, "Only Fools (Never Fall in Love)" peaked at #10 on the UK Singles chart and #6 on the Irish Singles chart.
The second single from the album, "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" peaked at #22 on the UK Singles chart, #23 on the Irish Singles chart, and in the US, it peaked at #13 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
The last single from the album, "You to Me Are Everything" peaked at #13 on the UK Singles chart and #14 on the Irish Singles chart.

After the release of her second album, Sonia signed a new record deal with Arista Records when she agreed to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1992, Sonia released the single, "We've Got the Power" which didn't chart, but was in connection with the launch of the UK television series, "Gladiators."
In 1993, Sonia released her third album, "Better the Devil You Know" that May following her appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The first single from the album, a cover of Heatwave's song, "Boogie Nights" peaked at #30 on the UK Singles chart.
The second and final single, the title song peaked at #15 on the UK Singles chart and Sonia performed the song in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest as the UK's entry.
In 1994, Sonia released a cover version of Olivia Newton-John's song, "Hopelessly Devoted to You" which peaked at #61 on the UK Singles chart.
In 1995, Sonia released a cover version of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' song, "Wake Up Everybody" which flopped, peaking at #155 on the UK Singles chart.
In 1998, Sonia's third and last album, "Love Train: The Philly Album" was released as a promo due to Sonia being unhappy that the lead single from the album, "Wake Up Everybody" flopped.

In 2003, Sonia was a part of the UK reality show, "Reborn in the USA," but was voted off in the fifth week of the show. In January 2007, Sonia starred in a pantomine version of "Jack and the Beanstalk" in Horsham, West Sussex.
In June 2009, Sonia released her first single in fourteen years, "Fool for Love" on Energise Records and will be featured on a compliation album with other singers from the 80's and 90's.

To see the music video for "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUmFD8_0q9U

To see the music video for "Listen to Your Heart," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaUE-4Qc0P8

To see the music video for "Counting Every Minute," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhruxf_S9mk

To see the music video for "End of the World," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOVLE9EC5H8

To see the music video for "Only Fools (Never Fall in Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joc3K2Y0BP4

To see the music video for "Can't Forget You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOWu8G5Fyc4

To see the music video for "You To Me Are Everything," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qq4gp9lklk

To see a fan-made video for "Boogie Nights," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIHhEn3hv4c

To see a fan-made video for "Better the Devil You Know," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36CDETjS_iU

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