Enrolling in drama school at the age of eight, set SONIA on the path to becoming a professional singer and actress where she gained a LAMDA gold medal with honours. Her determination paid off, and shortly after leaving school she made appearances in the popular sitcom Bread as well as the soap opera Brookside.
She was only sixteen when she first entered the music business. Whilst playing the Liverpool club circuit, she was spotted by record producer Pete Waterman and an impromptu audition secured a recording contract with Simon Cowell at BMG.
SONIA’S debut single You’ll Never Stop Me from Loving You was released in 1989 and shot to number one in the UK selling a staggering 350,000 copies. Numerous television appearances revealed her bubbly personality and natural enthusiasm endearing her to a large audience. Everybody Knows, her debut album sold half million copies and included a string of top singles such as Can’t Forget You, Listen To Your Heart and Counting Every Minute.
In 1991 SONIA was able to develop her song writing talents and released the album Sonia. Further hits followed including Only Fools and Be Young, Be Foolish and a tour of Europe, The Far East and North and South America strengthened her already substantial following. She also presented “Wetter the Better”, a Saturday morning children’s TV show.
Her next step clearly displayed her versatile voice and genuine love of performing as SONIA was invited by the BBC to be the UK representative in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest. She came second to the Irish entry and her single Better The Devil You Know hit the UK charts at number 9 and her album, of the same name, entered the album charts at number 20.
SONIA then entered the world of theatre receiving excellent reviews as she performed with Dennis Waterman in Slice of Saturday Night in London’s West End. On meeting the producers of GREASE, Sonia was once again signed on the spot for the lead role of ‘Sandy’. For twelve months, she performed to a full house and critical acclaim alongside Craig McLachlan and Shane Richie.
After the success of GREASE, Sonia appeared as one of the major stars in the What A Feeling tour with Irene Cara, singing songs from the hit movies and musicals and travelling throughout the UK for four months. This proved to be so successful that a second UK tour was arranged plus an overseas tour.
In 2007, Sonia starred as Molly, to rave reviews, in Good Golly Miss Molly, at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool.
Sonia is a veteran pantomime performer in roles ranging from principal boy to ‘Wicked Queen’. Her credits over the years have included Dick Whittington, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and Jack and the Beanstalk.
For the 1996 Summer Season SONIA appeared in Blackpool in The Lily Savage Show which again proved to be so successful she was singing to a full house every night. This led to Sonia playing ‘Bunty’, the daughter of Lily Savage in BBC’s Lily Savage Show.
During summer 2000, Sonia starred in Jon Conway/AMG Ltd’s, 80s musical Eternal Flame. In 2001 she recorded some exciting new tracks for Hit Sound records and spent time recording an album in Nashville with producer Stuart Coleman.
In 2003, Sonia took part in Granada’s major ITV1 Saturday night project, Reborn in the USA.
Sonia’s television credits include Trisha, The Eurovision Song Contest, the Top Ten series (C4), Celebrities Under Pressure, Jane and Jury, The Salon, Greasemania, 100 Worst Pop Songs, 100 Greatest TV Treats, Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up, The Lyrics Board, The Weakest Link, Liquid Assets, Hell’s Kitchen, This Morning, The Paul O’Grady Show, Greatest TV Moments, Friday Night Project, An Audience with Joe Pasquale, Making Your Mind Up, Julian Clary’s Hissy Fits, Greased Lightnin’ and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway among many others.
In 2010, Sonia recorded a track for the No.1 Project and a new single, ‘Fool for Love’, through Energise Records.
Sonia regularly performs around the UK (and the world!). For details on gigs, festivals and Pride appearances, please visit our website or Sonia’s fan site for details.