After finding his sobriety, Jim had a full spiritual awakening lead to a complete lifestyle change that has inspired him to follow a new path of clarity, and nothing was clearer to him than God’s calling to recreate himself as a Contemporary Christian artist. With his third solo release, Love, he celebrates an overflow of gratitude for the new life he has received through God, which is clearly reflected in his faith-inspired lyrics. From the opening song “Not waiting on Sunday” Sonefeld shares that God is “a gift that I [he] can barely wait to open every morning.”
His first two solo releases, Found and In, produced by Stan Lynch/Billy Chapin were the fruits of his spiritual awakening. But the third and final part of this trilogy, Love, is a launch in confidence and in carrying out His message. Hoping to experiment with some new sounds for Love, Sonefeld sought out South Carolina producers Matt Houston/Sanchez Fair (The Advice) and Les Hall (Crossfade).
Hootie & The Blowfish
Hootie & the Blowfish drummer, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld dreamt more of being a professional soccer player than a successful musician. However with the unsuspected success of the band’s 1994 debut release, Cracked Rear View on Atlantic Records, he and his bandmates found themselves traveling the world to support what would become the 16th best-selling album of all time in the United States.
The first single, “Hold My Hand,” a tune Sonefeld brought to the band early on, helped to springboard Hootie & the Blowfish into its great success, and likewise showcases his songwriting ability. In the years to follow, the band would record four more studio albums and receive numerous awards, among them, two Grammys.
Though my unique gift is ministering to alcoholics and drug addicts seeking recovery, a program called Celebrate Recovery brings hope to an even broader group by offering solutions through Christ for general hurts, hang-ups and habits.
The more I listen and witness, the more I see people lifted from hopelessness to new life. I also get to share in the joy of worship music at Celebrate Recovery, bringing my original music and story to others. I love that part of the celebration! Using my God-given voice to sing HIS praises.”
– Jim Sonefel