Kingsbury musician Sonna Rele supports Eric Benét at Camden's Jazz Café
PUBLISHED: 14:29 24 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:56 24 June 2013
Singer songwriter was discovered by Ne-Yo on Facebook
A musician from Kingsbury who was discovered on a social networking website continues her meteoric rise after she was chosen as the support act for an award-winning singer.
This time last year 26-year-old Sonna Rele was uploading her own videos on her Facebook page, Music Mondays, where she performs requests for fans – every Monday of course.
But after being spotted by R&B artist Ne-Yo she was asked to perform with him in concert where he offered her a record deal with Motown live on stage in front of screaming fans.
Since then she has been jetting all over the world and has spent the last three months in Los Angeles writing and recording material for her forthcoming album which is due to be released next year.
Sonna, a former student of Fryent Primary School and Kingsbury High School, both in Kingsbury, will be on stage tonight with artist Eric Benét at the Jazz Café in Camden.
Tonight marks the end of the three-night gig by the Grammy-awarding winning singer and Sonna.
Describing the show as ‘incredible’ she told the Times: “I’m surprised my set has gone down so well the crowd have been really receptive.
“After each night I get a lot of feedback on Facebook with people saying it’s great to see British home grown talent.
Jazz Café details
Erice Benét featuring Sonna Rele will be playing at the Jazz Café in Parkway, Camden, for a final night tonight.
Tickets are still available.
For more information visit www.mamacolive.com/thejazzcafe.
Alternatively call 0844 847 2514.
“They said I am positive and motivate them but they also motivate me too.”
Despite being thrown into the limelight at such speed, Sonna has vowed to remain loyal to her Facebook fans.
“I still upload a video for Music Mondays every week,” she said.
“In fact I just uploaded one about an hour ago.
“The great thing is I now have had some guest appearances on my Music Mondays. I have had Eric Benét and Marsha Ambrosius (British singer songwriter who penned Butterflies for Michael Jackson).
“I will continue with it no matter what happens. If it wasn’t for Facebook I wouldn’t be where I am now.
“My parents are so proud of me and my mum gets tears in her eyes when she watches me perform. They will be watching me at the Jazz Café tonight.”
Sonna’s next stop is Germany where she will continue to support Eric Benet before she flies back to Los Angeles to finish her album.
“I haven’t really been homesick, but I do miss fish and chips and a decent cup of tea,” she laughed.
“I need to bring some back with me or saying that I might set up a tea company in America.
“Everything has been incredible and I will be back in London around August where I can catch up with family and friends.”
For more information about Sonna visit www.facebook.com/sonnarelemusic