|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2009)|
|Also known as||Sonia & Disappear Fear,
Disappear Fear Orchestra,
|Origin||Baltimore, MD, USA|
|Genres||Indie Folk, Indie Pop, Americana, Latin American, Blues, World|
|Labels||Disappear Records, Rounder/Philo Records|
|Associated acts||Indigo Girls, The Czars, The E Street Band, Black Light Burns, Charlie Surf Academy, Susan Souza, Commonbond, Chris Chandler, Mama's Black Sheep, Sam Weiser|
|Members||Sonia Rutstein (SONiA)
Cindy Frank (CiNDY)
|Past members||Michael Bowie
Disappear Fear (stylized as disappear fear) is an American indie pop/indie folk band formed in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1987. Even though the band has gone through different incarnations, they still make music for audiences around the world.
The original band consisted of sisters Sonia Rutstein a.k.a. (stylized as) SONiA and Cindy Frank a.k.a. (stylized as) CiNDY and expanded the following year to include guitarist Howard Markman. Their lyrics often addressed love, life, Baltimore, LGBT rights, and progressive political issues. The pair have released five albums as a duo. (According to the band's official website bio, more than a half million copies of Disappear Fear records have been sold through 2009.) In 1994, after self-releasing their music via their own Disappear Records label, the band was signed to Rounder/Philo Records. Two years later, Cindy stopped performing regularly with the band in order to focus on her growing family. Occasionally, she still provides harmony vocals for the group, and of late, Cindy's teen son Dylan Visvikis has shared his talents on vocals and piano. From about 1996 through 2004, Sonia Rutstein started a solo career that took her across the nation and around the globe. She released four well-received LPs under her own name and established herself as a compelling, captivating and popular attraction in the world of LGBT, Lilith Fair, and alt-folk artists, thanks to her passion for her subjects, the honesty of her lyrics, and her warm, positive, and eclectic blend of folk, pop, rock, blues, global sounds, and Americana. Among the major events Rutstein has graced either alone or with the band are the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation and the Concert for Peace at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC with Peter, Paul and Mary (March 2003). Her performing destinations have taken her as far away as Jerusalem (where she toured bomb shelters), Fiji, and Australia's Sydney Opera House. The newest Disappear Fear recording is 2011's Get Your Phil, an album steeped in folk and Americana sounds. Playing on the album are Sonia (songwriter, lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, piano), Cindy (vocals) and Tony Correlli (piano). It is a tribute/cover album of the late folk singer/songwriter Phil Ochs's music.
Awards and Nominations
Rutstein is an award-winning artist: She was presented with the award  for Best Female Artist of the Year in 1999 for Almost Chocolate and her Me, Too won for Best Acoustic Album in 2001. The band's eponymous album won the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Award for Best Album in 1994. Both No Bomb Is Smart and Tango garnered multiple Grammy Award nominations for Rutstein in the pop and folk categories. Sonia's songs are featured in the teen movie Frog and Wombat and in the independent film Wave Babes. Sonia also scored the entire soundtrack for Dave Marshall's documentary film Autumn's Harvest. In 2002, the Santa Cruz Guitar Company created its "SONiA" model guitar in Rutstein's honor.
- Echo My Call (1988)
- Deep Soul Diver (1990)
- Disappear Fear (1994)
- Live at the Bottom Line (1994)
- Seed in the Sahara (1996)
- Get Your Phil (2011)
- "Broken Film" (2013)
- Almost Chocolate (1998)
- Me, Too (1999)
- Live at the Down Home (2001)
- No Bomb Is Smart (2004)
Sonia & Disappear Fear
- Disappear Fear
- Sonia Rutstein (SONiA) - lead vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica (1987–present)
- Don Conoscenti -Lead Guitar
- Laran Snyder -vocal harmonies
- Katie Marie -drums and percussion
- Additional musicians
- Tony Correlli - piano, engineer (2010–present)
- Helen Hausmann- Violin (2004–present)
- Laura Cerulli-drums and percussion (2005–present)
- Michael Bowie - upright bass (2010)
- Laura Cerulli - percussion, vocals (2005–2010)
- John Grant -
- Helen Hausmann - violin, backing vocals (2007–2010)
- Seth Kibel - tenor sax, baritone sax, clarinet, flute (2010)
- Marc Lawrence -
- Howard Markman - lead guitar, vocals (1988–2010)
- Christopher Sellman -
- Dominic Vigliotti - bass
- Dylan Visvikis - piano, backing vocals (2010)
- Glenn Workman -
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