Sonya Heller. A native New Yorker raised on vodka infused poetry and Slavic doom with equal parts American sass and a first generation zealousness for free speech.
She cut her teeth at NYC’s iconic Bitter End, The Living Room and the Knitting Factory in the footsteps of Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro and Leonard Cohen, whose poetic genius sparked her very early on.
17 West is Sonya's third studio album. An American songbook. Romantic. Introspective. Her mountain style fingerpicking shaped by her misshapen right arm creates a backdrop for the ordinary and the profound.
A Billboard Honoree and winner of the Indiegrrl Songwriters of the year Contest for her song "Justine." Soundtrack for the award winning documentary "Sisters in Resistance" (PBS, Avignon and Human Rights Watch film festivals)
Rolling Stone Mag.- "Sonya Heller is very much her own artist and comes alive onstage"
Rootstime Mag- "...a singing and songwriting Joan of Arc, with a guitar in her hand and her voice as a weapon!"
Crossroads Mag.-"Listening to her, we settle down without further ado and let ourselves be carried away into the “atmospheric” universe of her voice."
She's graced many stages. Here are just a few:
Rockwood Music Hall-NYC
The Bitter End-NYC
The Beach Institute-Savannah, Ga.
Fete de la Musique-Provence
Les Mots de Minuit-France 2
Les Femmes du Monde - Paris
Cafe Podium-Ghent, Belgium
Songs auf dem Boot-Berlin
Divafest - Russian River, Cal.
Columbia University - NYC
Redwood College - Cal.
Five Towns College - NY
Great American Musicfest -Harrisburg Pa.
Equinox - Radio France
Club Sunside - Paris
Vashon Earth Fair - Vashon, Wa.
Norcal Womensfest - Laytonville, Ca.
Sacred World Music fest - Los Angeles, Ca.
Full Circle Fair - Blue Hill, Me.
Hickory Fest - Hickory, N.C.
Concert on the Square - Jonesboro, Tenn.
Great American Weekend - Goshen, N.Y.