Jim Sonefeld, or Soni, as he's known by many, is the drummer for Hootie & the Blowfish and a Christian solo artist. He started his music career playing drums in the basement of his childhood home in Illinois. He was musically influenced by a variety of classic rock and R&B bands such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Elton John, and Led Zeppelin. At age twenty-one, while attending the University of South Carolina, Sonefeld joined his first band. Armed with what he describes as "a flashy mullet and a challenged fashion sense," he played in various cover bands around Columbia during the mid to late 80s. In1989, he joined up with some like-minded fellows called Hootie and the Blowfish, who were also attending the university.
The band toured regionally while honing their craft. After signing a record deal with Atlantic Records, the band released their full-length debut album Cracked Rear View in the summer of 1994. They have sold more than 25 million records since then and have toured worldwide. Sonefeld has been one of the main songwriters in the band, writing several of their early hits, including Hold my hand and Time. The band still plays a handful of shows yearly, which support the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation, based in South Carolina.
In 2011, compelled by his growing Christian faith and more recent musical influences such as Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, and Jeremy Camp, he embarked upon his first contemporary Christian music project.
The result is his first CCM release entitled Found, recorded in August of 2011 in Nashville with producer Stan Lynch. On the five-song debut, Sonefeld brings a CD exploding musically and lyrically with a celebration of his faith, renewal, and delivery. His newest project is called Love. It is a celebration of faith with an urgent reminder of making the relationship with God a daily surrender.
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