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Sonya Hunter

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Sonya Hunter and “Sun in Mind”
j. poet, Contributing Editor, Pulse Magazine

Sonya Hunter is a rare artist, a singer/songwriter who bravely diverges from the conventions of her chosen genre to forge her own unique vision. Hunter has been experimenting with what she calls “jazz-infused folk-rock” for quite a while, and her sound comes into fruition on her new Innerstate disc “Sun in Mind.”

“Several years ago, I started bringing in some players from the local jazz scene, and found that sax and trumpets went just fine with my more country-ish leanings,” Hunter says, explaining the process that eventually led to “Sun In Mind.” “I felt I had come into my voice, and enjoyed performing more than ever. Erik Pearson had been playing with me for a few years at this point, and that was a nourishing collaboration as well. His inventive harmonies and pretty guitar work continue to shape my sound.”

The sound is still mainly acoustic, but layered with Hunter’s cascading vocals and the work of top-notch players. Tracks like the moody, late night meditation “Dance,” and “Have You Ever Seen” that features a rippling, multi-tracked chorale of Hunters, show the singer moving into fresh territory marked by confident vocals that play around the beat and adventurous arrangements that continue her commitment to asymmetrical but appealing time signatures. It’s a great leap forward for a restless artist who has always swum against the tide and pushed her own emotional and musical boundaries with her art.

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