Sonia Rao a recent finalist on "The Voice" has released her debut album , "Calm Her". This project is the culmination of Sonia's amazing performances on The Voice and a voracious fundraising campaign on Indigogo. Sonia is a rising star that will change the way pop music is perceived in this country and beyond! Get to know Sonia Rao!!
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Artist Sonia Rao combines her soulful voice with piano, singing her original songs. Some are haunting, some are joyful, some are gritty and raw, but all feature Sonia's incredible voice and honest lyrics. Fans are struck by how deeply personal her songs are; in listening to her lyrics, one feels they are hearing her innermost thoughts and feelings. These intimate stories, combined with Sonia's striking voice, draw listeners to her music. Following her recent appearance on NBC's The Voice, Sonia released her debut album, 'Calm Her' in August 2011.
Growing up in New Jersey with first-generation immigrant parents, Sonia says that her parents have challenged her decision to pursue music every step of the way, a process that has helped her clarify and articulate why playing music is so important to her. Since childhood, Sonia searched for a way to express herself that "felt like enough". From painting to dancing to acting out, nothing felt like a deep enough expression of her emotions until she wrote her first song in the spring of 2010. Sonia says, "Once I wrote that first song, I spent the rest of that year in San Francisco writing in my little multicolored room, drinking insane amounts of coffee, introducing my classical violin to the blues and country, and collaborating with as many musicians as I could."
'Calm Her' was the result of an amazing fundraising effort in which fans, friends, and fellow artists from The Voice, raised thousands of dollars to help Sonia create her album. When asked about the inspiration for the album title, Sonia says, "I wrote the title track, 'Calm Her', about society's attempt to stifle the intuitive, creative, and sexual energy of women. What I am trying to say with this song, with this album, and with my own actions is that society will never be able to suppress something as enormous as the feminine, and thus, it is impossible to 'Calm Her'.
As she sings about in the delightful track "Here, Now," Sonia is grateful for all of the support in her life and feels incredibly lucky to be living her passion. You can hear her music on iTunes and find her performing in San Francisco and Los Angeles at venues such as The Hotel Café, The Viper Room, and Yoshi's.