|Birth name||Sonia Evans|
|Born||13 February 1971|
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Sonia (born Sonia Evans; 13 February 1971) is an English pop singer from Liverpool. She is perhaps best known for her 1989 UK number one hit "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You" and for representing the United Kingdom in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest, where she finished second with the song "Better the Devil You Know". Between 1989 and 1993, she had 11 UK Top 30 hits, including "Listen to Your Heart" (1989), "Counting Every Minute" (1990) and "Only Fools (Never Fall in Love)" (1991). In 1994, she starred as Sandy in a West End revival of the musical Grease, while on television she appeared as Bunty in the 1998 BBC comedy series The Lily Savage Show.
Sonia was signed to Chrysalis Records after badgering Pete Waterman to listen to her sing outside his recording studio in Liverpool. Waterman called her bluff and asked her to sing live on his weekly radio show. Sonia's debut single, "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You", composed and produced by the songwriting and music production trio Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman (Stock Aitken Waterman) was released in June 1989. "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You" peaked at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks the following month. At 18, Sonia became one of the youngest female British singers to achieve this feat. The single also topped the Irish chart and reached the Top 10 of the US dance chart.
Sonia's debut album, Everybody Knows, was released in April 1990. The album peaked at number 7 in the UK, and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. All five singles released from the album became top 20 hits in the UK, making Sonia the first British solo female artist to achieve this. Sonia achieved a sixth top 20 hit in the UK in 1990 with "You've Got A Friend", recorded with the group Big Fun, and released as a charity single for Childline.
After tensions developed with Stock Aitken Waterman, Sonia left her record label and released her second, self-titled album in 1991, produced by Nigel Wright. The first single released from it, "Only Fools (Never Fall in Love)" became Sonia's third UK top 10 hit, although the album was less successful than her debut.
In 1993, Sonia represented the United Kingdom in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest, singing the Dean Collinson and Brian Teasdale composition "Better the Devil You Know". She was placed second in the contest. Her third album, also titled Better the Devil You Know was released that year and reached number 32 in the UK.
In 1994, Sonia replaced singer Debbie Gibson as Sandy in the West End musical Grease. A cover of "Hopelessly Devoted To You" was released as a tie-in single, but it only peaked at number 61 in the UK.
In 1995, Sonia released a cover of "Wake Up Everybody", which did not enter the UK Top 100. It was to be the lead single of her fourth album, the soul covers album Love Train - The Philly Album, but Sonia was unhappy with it and it only received a promotional release.
Late 2007 saw the release of Sonia's Greatest Hits album. However, this compilation only featured recordings from Sonia's two albums released from 1991-1993 BMG
In 2007, prior to Sonia's "Greatest Hits" release, she recorded two Motown-influenced songs, "Dancing In the Driver's Seat" and "Your Heart Or Mine", both of which were written by Barry Upton and U.S. songwriter Gordon Pogoda. However, her record label decided to include no new songs on "Greatest Hits" so both tracks remained unreleased until 2018.
On 1 June 2009, Sonia released her first single for 14 years, "Fool for Love".
In October 2010, the "Everybody Knows" album was remastered and re-issued in expanded form, containing two additional tracks, extended versions of her first four singles, and a demo version of "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You." Also in 2010, Sonia's cover version of "You've Got a Friend", a duet with Big Fun, was released on a reissue of the group's debut album.
On 21 December 2012, Sonia performed at the Stock Aitken Waterman "Hit Factory Live" reunion concert at London's The O2, along with many other former SAW acts, Dead Or Alive, Kylie Minogue,Sinitta, Rick Astley, Jason Donovan and many others.
Sonia took part in the Hit Ch5 programme "Celebrity 5 Go Caravanning"
In 2018, in conjunction with her appearance in the hit CH5 show "Celebrity 5 Go Caravanning" Sonia released 3 songs: "Dancing In The Driver's Seat" was released on Friday July 13, 2018 and hit #1 on the UK iTunes Vocal Chart-- "Your Heart Or Mine" was released on Monday August 13, 2018 and went to #2 iTunes Vocal Chart-- "If You Come Back To Me" 7th September went to #1 on the iTunes Vocal Chart
Acting career and television work
Prior to her music career, around 1988, Evans appeared as an extra in Channel 4's soap opera Brookside, and also appeared in an episode of the BBC1 situation comedy Bread, where she played Ellia, a short-term girlfriend of Adrian Boswell, in episode 11 of series 4.
In 1990, Sonia co-hosted children's game show The Wetter The Better as a scoreboard person with main quizmaster Ross King, which was part of the Saturday morning children's magazine show 8:15 from Manchester.
In 1993, Sonia made her theatre debut in the musical Slice Of Saturday Night, alongside Dennis Waterman. The following year she replaced singer Debbie Gibson as Sandy in a West End revival of Grease, where she stayed for a year. In 1997 she returned to the stage on the musical What A Feeling!, which also included fellow 1980s stars Luke Goss and Sinitta. An accompanying soundtrack album was released.
She has also played alongside Lily Savage as her wayward daughter Bunty Savage, both on the BBC series The Lily Savage Show and live shows.
In 2000 Sonia hosted a couple of episode of "Karaoke Challenge" on Sky Living
In 2003, Sonia appeared in the ITV1 reality show Reborn in the USA, where former pop stars including Leee John from the band Imagination, Michelle Gayle, Gina G, Elkie Brooks and pop duo Dollar performed American hits. The show saw the artists touring America and each week one artist was eliminated from the show. Sonia came sixth out of the nine participants, and her participation was notable for her clashes with Dollar members Thereza Bazar and especially David Van Day.
In January 2007, she starred in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, as Jack in Horsham, West Sussex, alongside Mark Curry. Sonia also starred in the pantomime Cinderella in December 2010 / January 2011 as the Wicked Queen Edwina at the Stiwt Theatre in Wrexham, North Wales, alongside Big Brother star Dale Howard.
In 2018, Sonia appeared alongside Todd Carty, Tony Blackburn, Colin Baker and Sherrie Hewson in Channel 5's Celebrity 5 Go Camping. In 2018, in conjunction with her appearance in the hit CH5 show "Celebrity 5 Go Caravanning" Sonia released 3 songs: "Dancing In The Driver's Seat" was released on Friday July 13, 2018 and hit #1 on the UK iTunes Vocal Chart-- "Your Heart Or Mine" was released on Monday August 13, 2018 and went to #2 iTunes Vocal Chart-- "If You Come Back To Me" 7th September went to #1 on the iTunes Vocal Chart
Sonia married Mark Moses in 1998 and the couple have a daughter, Gracie Rose, who was born in 2010.
|Album||Peak chart positions|
|Better the Devil You Know
|Love Train – The Philly Album
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1989||"You'll Never Stop Me Loving You"||1||29||18||29||20||1||26||10||43||21||10||Everybody Knows|
|"Can't Forget You"||17||98||47||—||—||5||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Listen to Your Heart"||10||119||—||39||72||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|1990||"Counting Every Minute"||16||118||—||—||—||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|"You've Got a Friend" (with Big Fun)||14||157||—||—||—||12||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album Single|
|"End of the World"||18||153||—||—||—||18||—||—||—||—||—||Everybody Knows|
|1991||"Only Fools (Never Fall in Love)"||10||—||—||—||51||6||—||—||—||—||—||Sonia|
|"Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy"||22||—||—||—||—||23||—||—||—||—||—|
|"You to Me Are Everything"||13||—||—||—||—||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992||"Boogie Nights"||30||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Better the Devil You Know|
|1993||"Better the Devil You Know"||15||—||46||—||59||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|"We’ve Got the Power" (Gladiators featuring Sonia)||90||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album Single|
|1994||"Hopelessly Devoted to You"||61||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album Single|
|1995||"Wake Up Everybody"||155||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Love Train - The Philly Album|
|2009||"Fool for Love"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album Single|
|2018||"Dancin'in the Driver's Seat" #1 iTunes Vocal Chart||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album Single|
|"Your Heart Or Mine" #2 on iTunes Vocal Chart||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album Single|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.||