English Singer / Songwriter / Guitarist
Brief Story Behind the Making of 'In The light' - 2003
Arrangements on this popular Album are by; Geoffrey M. Robertson,
who began working on this Album on 19 May 2003 (- 19 years on
from when I recorded my first Album; 'Sunshine & Rain').
Days before I turned 44 years of age, I flew to Australia to record my
vocals over a 2-week period; & to give further input into various
arrangement ideas. It was exciting to be back in a pro-studio setting.
For the Album cover I decided to use an old '97 photo which I
thought matched well with the title. (I recall how I felt very inspired
that moment in Castel Gandolfo, Italy when I looked sunward & the
photo was taken on 1st Sep. '97; the day after Princess Diana died).
Final mastering was completed by Geoffrey on 4 Sept. 2003 & the
finished, duplicated CDs, were delivered to my home the evening of
26 Nov. 2003. I was very thankful to God for the album & for having
had a great Aussie experience down under!
Brief Story Behind the Making of 'A Time For Everything' -
in Oct. '90, I received a letter from Robert Bertuzzi stating that he
had a friend who was offering me free use of his home studio in
Edmonton, Canada "from 29 March to April 5 , 1991." So plans were
made & I asked talented sound engineer & musician Tom Crabb to
help me out.
I met with Robert & others at dinner in Edmonton on 30 March '91. In
the end It didn't actually work out at that home studio so I booked a
professional studio instead.
On 22 April 1991 I signed a contract at that pro-studio - and that
happened to be exactly 14 years on from when I wrote my first song
'Blue Skie's in 1977. That song appears on my first1984 album.
Now, when some studio equipment broke down on Mon. 13 May
'Woodbend' studio owner 'Mo Marshall' told me to again visit the
studio on 14th May to begin recording my vocals. And, interestingly,
that was the SAME date when 'Sunshine & Rain' was recorded (&
Tom had been my sound engineer then, also).
One thing different with this album is that I involved a group of
people from a local church in Edmonton to form a small choir' (-
photo left) to record along with me in some songs. That was my first
attempt at doing something choristic.
And choristic arrangements are very much evident in my new,
exciting album; 'Vision of Truth' - now released! (Read more below).
Brief Story Behind the Making of 'A New World' - 1988
For this project I asked for the help of drummer; Tony De Sarzec as
I was still very inexperienced in recording, when this album was
recorded 30 Nov. to 3 Dec. 1987. In total I then had only about six
recording hours (in a studio) under my belt. And please know that I
am NOT a professional. Songwriting / singing and playing guitar are
just hobbies of mine. I just try to do the best I can.
Instrumentation on the album includes saxophone playing by
Tony's friend, the late Dick Morrissey, many synthesized sounds and
also powerful rock-style drumming by Tony De Sarzec (photo).
This album is different in that it is more intense and
much more sobering that the others.
This Album was the one I've learned the most from
(i.e. what to do - what not to do) should it be that
God gave me further recording opportunities in the
then-future. And, as you can see here, on my
website), He did! Only 2 CDs remain for sale via
Brief Story Behind the Making of 'Sunshine & Rain' - 1984
Now, with a $133 second-hand classical guitar bought in California,
USA, on 4 Jan. 1984, my songwriting seemed to 'take off'
like never before. On 14 Jan. 1984, I wrote "Give Ear O Heavens"
(based on Deut. 32) and then, in February, for the very first time,
wrote 3 songs in one day! Now, up till that point in time, It had been
usual for me to write just - ONE song a YEAR - so things seemed
different somehow and I was feeling very inspired.
Now almost 7 years after I had prayed to God in the recording booth,
(whilst recording my first song 'Blue Skies' on 12 June, '77; asking
Him to inspire me with more songs & also give me opportunities to
record them, in the then-future) I was in a California recording studio
the evening of - 14 May 1984 - (along with other College student
musicians) recording my first album 'live'. That prayer answered!
The Album cover photo was taken on 4 March. The finished Album
was in my hands on 17 July '84, the very day I was leaving the USA
after 6 years of work / study! What timing! 30 YEARS later I would
be in process of producing my NEW ALBUM "Vision of Truth."
Brief Story Behind the Making of 'Vision of Truth' - 2015
In 2014 something wondrous happened! After I opened (on 7
March) a Music Programme installed on my new computer (bought
13 Feb.) God inspired me to compose many NEW SONGS; -14 of
which - comprise my NEW Album!
My own arrangements which happened to be released exactly one
year later - 13 Feb. 2015.. First time recording everything myself.
|Copyright (Music & Lyrics) Sonia King. All Images Copyright 2013 Sonia King. All Rights Reserved
"I wanted to thank you for your music I know God inspired.
A friend sent me 'In The Light' at a time I was going
through a terrible trial & I know the songs, together with
prayers, got me through... I would listen to the CD every day
& every night falling asleep to it playing. The words were so
comforting... My sister bought your 4 Albums as a gift for my
mother... & when she heard one of the songs... she just cried
because it was so beautiful, meaningful & comforting...You
have a beautiful gift to be able to sing & I have no doubt your
music has encouraged & comforted & uplifted so many of
God's peopl ... I just wanted to let you know how much you
have helped in tough times through your music..." //