Last year Ne-Yo accepted the Senior Vice President of Artist & Repertoire (A&R) position at Universal Motown Records, this week he signed his first international artist, Sonna Rele to the label. “There is a quality about Sonna’s voice that lingers in your ears after she performs a song. Her musicianship, which caught my attention via her 'Music Monday' videos on Facebook, is refreshing and undeniably authentic” Ne-Yo stated.
Ne-Yo surprised Sonna on stage in London to announce that she joined Motown’s artist roster. A jubilant Sonna spoke about her new opportunity stating, “I’m very humbled that a global superstar like Ne-Yo supports my music wholeheartedly enough to present me with a recording contract with Universal Motown Records. I’ve been working hard for this moment and I’m truly grateful for this opportunity. It’s going to be an amazing journey ahead.”
The London based singer/songwriter was raised by parents who were professional musicians. She classifies her sound as “stripped back acoustic-based songs merged with the subtle sound and pulse of a club mix underneath it."
Sonna joins Motown’s new talents B.J. the Chicago Kid, Stacy Barthe, MPrynt along with Chrisette Michele as the record label rebuilds.