Friday, June 23, 2017

Sonia & Disappear Fear Brings ‘Eigth Wonder of the World’ to Baltimore

Written by  Frankie Kujawa
Sonia Sonia photo: Lea Morales

The soulful music of Sonia & Disappear Fear is set to captivate audiences at Baldwin’s Station this Pride month. Performing in the historic town of Sykesville, Sonia’s music will enchant listeners on Thursday, June 22nd at 8 p.m. “Audiences will be able to really celebrate June Pride at this performance” explained Sonia Rutstein, who performs under the moniker Sonia Disappear Fear. The Baltimore born and raised singer/songwriter has been making music for nearly 30 years. She has toured the world with 18 award-winning albums delivering powerful songs that challenge injustice, while performing with passion and hope. She’s gained a devoted and growing fan base in over 20 countries.

“I call the kind of music I do ‘Global Americana.’ I’m singing Americana from my perspective and the issues that affect my culture. However, I have a lot of different means to get there. I sing a lot of different genres from pure rock, pure blues into Reggae, Latin, Middle Eastern, or even Country music. I go to a variety of styles in which to write.”

Even though she circles the globe with her music, Sonia still calls Baltimore home. “Besides being born and raised here, we started Disappear Fear in Baltimore. Baltimore was such a geographically desirable location because we are within 300 miles of 80% of the population of the U.S. This is where a lot of people are. That’s just smart business, but even beyond that this city really feels like home to me.”

Sonia notes that her roots run deep in Baltimore. “My closest Disappear Fear family are here, and I love Baltimore traditions. I love beer and crabs and the quirkiness of Baltimore. It’s a weird place which is great, because I feel that we’re all a little weird here, and it’s a good thing. My deepest roots are here. My name Rutstein means ‘root stone’ – and I have my deepest roots here. I’m connected to the Jewish and gay communities here, as well.” Sonia added that the mix of people is what gives Baltimore it’s flavor. “Culturally, we grab on to each other and we’ve been able to maintain some really good traditions that may be lost by assimilation of living in another place. We have really maintained that and there are so many ethnic groups here.”

Sonia & Disappear Fear’s performance at Baldwin Station will be a celebration of Pride. “I’ve been out in my music for my entire career. I was out before Melissa [Etheridge] came out, and before Indigo came out. Before my colleagues came out, I came out. That was over 20 years ago and that’s old news. But I guess my thing is that Disappear Fear – the name of my band – is something that represents me. I’ve done a lot of work to make it okay for people who are discovering themselves to be proud of themselves and not be ashamed of who they are. The LGBT community has always been embracing of my music.”

To Sonia’s, music is transcendent among all people “Music is a special gift that can transform any situation and we’re blessed to have it. It’s the eighth wonder of the world.”

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