SHORT BIO (11/2018) SONiA (Rutstein) disappear fear releases her highly anticipated 19th CD By My Silence worldwide -January 2019. Currently, SDF has 18 award winning CDs including first round Grammy entries. “Her songs are a vivid celebration of the human spirit in all its infinite manifestations”, writes Don Kening-Chicago Daily Herald, “her music has a singular sound that makes labeling and categorizing a waste of time.”
SONiA Rutstein is a world class composer and artist. Her awards include 6 GLAMAs and one being Female Artist of the Year, GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian American Anti Defamation) Award for Best Album (previous recipient Elton John), Coin Of Honor from a joint coalition of the United States Military for her humanitarian efforts and (2017) Spirit of Folk Music Award from Folk Alliance International. SONiA’s talent of writing in a variety of genres and languages has garnered her a vast following worldwide. SONiA’s double CD “LIVE at MAXiMAL” was in the first round running Grammy for Folk Album of the Year. Looking at her touring schedule past and future one can trace decades of dedication to various humanitarian and animal rights’ causes.
From the Sydney Opera House to the Kerrville Folk Festival and a bomb shelter in the Negev, SONiA has shared stages and caves with many of her heroes; Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Nickel Creek, Green Day, Emmylou Harris, GEORGE, John Fullbright, Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen at the Light of Day Benefit concert(2014),Ani Difranco and Indigo Girls. She is honored to be endorsed by 7 international manufacturers including the SONiA Signature Model of Santa Cruz Guitar Company, ShubbCapos, Fishman Transducers, D’Addarrio, John Pearse Strings and Audix. “The honesty of her songs touches the hearts and minds of people from a wide spectrum of social and ethnic backgrounds who share a positive world vision”, says Rounder Records. SONiA has performed in 20 countries and will return to Europe in February 2019 then back to the USA and onto Australia and New Zealand in December 2019-2020.
Rutstein on guitar and piano and a small circle of friends create lean yet surprisingly colorful folk-pop. – Mike Joyce, Washington Post
SONiA of disappear fear had the audience actually holding our collective breath in awe. It was one of the most electric live ‘performances
I’d ever seen. In SONiA, I found a contemporary artist with Lennon’s way with a phrase. From that night until this, she’s been my favorite
singer/songwriter.” – Cliff Weimer, In the Balcony
“Quirky and smart, a poet with a guitar, SONiA is a master of crafting songs that make you want to simultaneously dance, sing,
and change the world.” – Georgia Voice, Atlanta USA
“….with a voice that is raspy yet pure and lyrical melodies reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Springsteen, and Joni Mitchell.” – Waiheke Jazz Festival, New Zealand”
SONiA has returned with her best album in years, Broken Film …and it’s high point is the breathtaking “The Banker”
–Gregg Shapiro, Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco/Chicago USA)
There is an exuberance and passion shining from SONiA as she warms the audience with her humanity, charm and a touch of glamour. –Roger Dietz, Sing Out Magazine (USA)
“I came to the concert learning she was Dylan’s cousin, 2 minutes into the first song I forgot about that and was just mesmerized the entire night” Fan from Kassel, Germany 2017
“Everybody loves SONiA” —Dar Williams, performer