Jim Sonefeld

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There is a refreshing sense of reality in Sonefeld’s deliberate delivery—think Rich Mullins’ “Awesome God”—which will resonate with CCM fans across the board.

CCM Magazine

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 wrote and 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.

During this era, Sonefeld’s lines of truth became blurred and his addictions began to take over his life as he relied heavily on drugs and alcohol to cope with the emptiness growing inside of him. In 2004 Sonefeld finally accepted that he was powerless over drugs and alcohol and that his life had become entirely unmanageable. In sobriety Sonefeld discovered there were parts of his life that had incurred damages beyond repair, but that God would heal him if he turned his life over to His care.

Since then, a full spiritual awakening lead to a complete lifestyle change and has inspired Sonefeld 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. His solo albums celebrate an overflow of gratitude for the new life he has received through God, which is clearly reflected in his faith-inspired lyrics.