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About Sonique

Sonia Clarke, better known by her stage name Sonique, is a versatile British artist celebrated for her roles as a singer, musician, and DJ. Her career took off in the 1980s as the lead vocalist of the electronic dance group S'Express, where she contributed to several Top 40 hits. This exposure paved the way for a solo career marked by exceptional achievements.

In 2001, Sonique's talents were officially recognised when she won the Best British Female award at the Brit Awards, an honour for which she was nominated alongside artists like Dido, PJ Harvey, and Sade. That same year, her breakout single "It Feels So Good," from her chart-topping album "Hear My Cry," was named International Hit of the Year at the 46th Ivor Novello Awards. The album, which also featured hits like "I Put A Spell on You" and "Sky," solidified her status in the music industry.

Sonique began her musical journey with the reggae band Fari, which honed her singing and songwriting skills. As a teenager, she released "Let Me Hold You," which soared to the top 25 on the UK dance charts without any promotional efforts. Her subsequent collaboration with Mark Moore's S'Express catapulted her into the spotlight, showcasing her talents on tracks such as "Nothing To Lose" and "Find 'em, Fool 'em, Forget 'em."

Reflecting on her time with S'Express, Sonique said, "Joining S'Express for the 'Intercourse' album helped me develop my unique style and identity. It was transformative, teaching me to command the stage and refine my songwriting." After S'Express, she ventured into a solo path, inspired by Moore, who gifted her her first set of turntables and a mixer. "That was when I took control of my destiny," she recalls. "Seeing Mark DJ inspired me to pursue it myself."

Pioneering the blend of singing and DJ'ing, particularly as a female artist, was revolutionary. Sonique trained for three years before debuting her DJ skills publicly, eventually becoming a resident DJ in notable clubs like Cream and Manumission in Ibiza and performing worldwide.

Her track "It Feels So Good" reached the US Top 10 and topped the UK charts in May 2000, spurred by a Florida club DJ's support. This success led to a contract with Republic Records and the release of her debut album, "Hear My Cry." The album sold over one million copies in the UK and included another hit, "Sky," which debuted at #2 on the UK charts.

In March 2024, Sonique performed a sold-out headline show at London’s prestigious Royal Festival Hall. Accompanied by a full live band, a string quartet, and a choir, the show was a critical success, receiving an excellent review from The Times. This event underscored her enduring appeal and artistic versatility.

Sonique has continued to make her mark, holding the record as the first female solo artist to top the UK charts for three consecutive weeks since Kate Bush in 1978. With multiple accolades, including a Brit Award and an Ivor Novello Award, and with promising new music on the horizon, Sonique remains a dynamic force in the music industry.

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