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Meet Sonia Grace

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sonia Grace.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The first glimpse of how powerful music can be was watching Brenda Fassie perform in front of Nelson Mandela. She was not only bold enough to hand him a banana, undeterred by his bodyguards, but she was an extremely talented musician, sexy, powerful, beautiful and an all-round entertainer.

For a young girl growing up in Kenya, she was Superman and Santa Claus. I wanted to be just like her, despite the many arguments I had with my mother insisting I seek more traditional role models such as professors and lawyers. I stuck to my guns, hoping to create music that impacts people the way Ms. Fassies’s did.

I combine lyrical rap, bouncy pop melodies, and Afro-Fusion R&B to share my experiences growing up in Thika, Kenya and Iowa, United States. This kind of bicultural upbringing was key in shaping my identity and my music. And as a true Gemini, I relish in duality. Some of me like the love of cooking for my family is African, while not appreciating unannounced guests is an acquired American taste. I apply the same philosophy with my music. I write in English, Swahili, and Kikuyu, and feature a lot of drums when I produce the beats. Mastering pop and rap helps me stay connected to my American fans.

I would like to think that with my single “The Body Song ( #LoveMyBody),” I succeeded in meshing all the parts together. Writing the song helped me find the courage to share my struggle with body image, which is constantly split between two cultures. It turns out that I feel most beautiful and free when I’m on stage. I make sure to leave my heart on the floor when I sing, rap with braggadocious confidence, dance like no one is watching and play and ride my West African Djembe drum as if my life depends on it.

Besides using my music to tell my story, I also like to express my love of fashion, from outrageous costumes to glamor. I will admit that sometimes I do go overboard with the costumes, like last Halloween when I dressed up as “Instagram.” Designing a cardboard to look like an Insta page took a few hours into the night but the curious looks I got from kids were well worth it. As fun and crazy as the costumes are, I like to glam up once in a while, which I’m doing with my new single “Living My Best Life.” I wrote the anthem to celebrate all of the blessings in my life and what I’m looking forward to. I had so much fun picking out the different ensembles to wear for the video, it didn’t even feel like work. Bringing these looks live on stage turns me into a kid in Disney World. I hope when my fans hear “Living My Best Life” and “The Body Song #LoveMyBody” feel good about themselves and even better about their lives.

Has it been a smooth road?
Overcoming self-doubt and building self-confidence is perhaps the biggest struggle I’ve faced. I’ve never felt like I fit anywhere, which was made worse by me being an introvert. Working out, focusing on my art, sharing experiences with others and celebrating each win no matter how little, are some of the tools I’ve used to learn to love myself and sustain my confidence.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I hope to be remembered as a multi-talented entertainer excelling in music, acting, writing books, producing, and giving back to the community. I focus on music and acting primarily, then feed everything else from that. I recently released back to back videos for “P.U.S.S.Y.,” “The Body Song (#LoveMyBody)” and “Living My Best Life.” I was honored to appear in a Ford Escape national commercial and work with a very talented diverse team of people. Regardless of what I achieve, I will always be proud of getting my Theater Arts Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. The years were long and hard but I’m glad I pushed through and even took classes in business and journalism. I believe being a well-educated multifaceted artist with a unique dual cultural experiences and wish to help others find love within themselves sets me apart and hopefully inspires others.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes! LA is a perfect place for creatives, regardless your art. There are opportunities, support, and so many people are doing the same thing so artists never feel out of place.

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Grace Gathua

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