Sonta has been busy building a buzz over the last few years.
And now she's back to capitalize on it. With the release of her new single, "Favorite Girl," the 22-year-old singer proves that she is not just some passing fad. She is already being compared to the greats. MTV midwest correspondent and member of the Grammy's regional board, Andrew Barber, has repeatedly referred to Sonta as Chicago's Mary J. Blige. Sonta's melodic sensibilities and thematic material have also been compared to Toni Braxton. In a review of her previous single, "Type of Way," the Soul Train award-winning publication, Soul Bounce, said "She [Sonta] takes her man to task for playing with her emotions, at one point even interpolating a bit of Toni Braxton's "Just Be A Man About It" to get her point across."
On "Favorite Girl," however, Sonta smoothly croons on the hook and comfortably lounges on the verses over a '90's-inspired R&B beat with a certain grace and understated confidence that is more than a little reminiscent of Aaliyah. But that is not to say that Sonta is merely the sum of the legends who inspired her. Her voice is still nobody's but her own, identifiable by its unique flourishes and vocal runs. There's a certain characteristic warmth and buoyancy to her voice that allows her to float effortlessly over the beat as she, in the case of "Favorite Girl," puts the moves on a man she's had her eye on.
If you've never heard of Sonta before, now is the time to change that. Check out "Favorite Girl" below, and get ready to bump this in your car all Summer long.
Dustin DiPaulo is a writer and musician from Rochester, New York. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University and can most likely be found at a local concert, dive bar, or comedy club (if he's not getting lost somewhere in the woods).
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