SONiA disappear fear Biographies


SONiA (Rutstein) disappear fear has 17 Award winning CDs including first round Grammy entries for several albums. "Her songs are a vivid celebration of the human spirit in all its infinite manifestations",  Don Kening-Chicago Daily Herald, "her music has a singular sound that makes labeling and categorizing a waste of time." 


SONiA is a world class composer and artist. She is the recipient of the Coin Of Honor from a joint coalition of United States military for her humanitarian efforts. She has received the GLAMA (Gay and Lesbian Music Awards) for Female Artist of the year and the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian American Anti Defamation) Award for Best Album to name a few. Writing songs in Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, German and Kurdish- in multiple genres from blues to middle eastern to country and folk, making music lovers around the globe.  She received the Spirit of Folk Music Award (2017) by Folk Alliance International.  SONiA’s latest double CD "LIVE at MAXiMAL" was in the first round running Grammy for Folk Album of the Year.  She is a featured artist (Hamburg 2018) for the VOICE PROJECT to free the imprisoned Nudem Durak who is jailed in Turkey for singing in Kurdish. This is also one of many projects SONiA embraces to live into the possibility that- when you disappear fear what you have is love.
From the Opera House in Sydney to the bomb shelters in the Middle East to the Kerrville Folk Festival, SONiA has shared the stages and studios with many of her heroes including Bruce Springsteen (Light of Day Benefit concert for Parkinson’s disease) Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Nickel Creek, Green Day, Emma Lou Harris, GEORGE, John Fullbright, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Lucinda Williams, Joan Jett, and many more. She is endorsed by 7 international manufacturers including the SONiA Signature Model Santa Cruz Guitar, Shubb Capos, Fishman Transducers, Audix Microphones, John Pearse Strings,and D'Adarrio. Says Rounder Records, "The honesty of her songs touches the hearts and minds of people from a wide spectrum of social and ethnic backgrounds who share a positive world vision".  She resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her partner and wife, Terry Irons and tours internationally. Currently SONiA is developing her 18th CD for release in 2019.

 SONiA disappear fear  Biography Deutschn

Vom Opernhaus in Sydney über Schutzräume in Israel bis zum Woody Guthrie Festival, überall in den Vereinigten Staaten und auf dem Globus begeistert die mehrfach in der ersten Runde Grammy nominierte Singer / Songwriterin SONiA ihr Publikum.

Durch ihre Auftritte mit ihrer SONiA Santa Cruz Gitarre, mit Piano, Mundharmonika oder mit vollständiger Band wird sie häufig als „weiblicher Dylan“ beschrieben.

Auch wenn dieser Vergleich unpassend ist, so ist viel an dieser Maid aus Baltimore, die in Hebräisch, Spanisch, Englisch und Arabisch singt.

Was  aus SONiA SONiA macht, sind ihre energiereichen Texte, verpackt in ihren einzigartigen Stil voller Passion und Hoffnung.

Sie hat die Bühne schon mit einigen ihrer Helden wie Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger und Chris Thiele geteilt. Ihre stolzesten Momente hatte sie, als sie mit Peter, Paul and Mary 2002 am Lincoln Memorial sang und 2012 während einer Deutschland-Tournee von der US Army die Ehrenmedaille für ihre humanitären Lieder erhielt.

SONiA / disappear fear hat eine wachsende Fan-Gemeinde in mehr als 20 Ländern, wo sie ihre Lieder aus Rock, Folk, Country, Latin, Blues und Reggae singt. Über eine halbe Millionen CDs hat sie verkauft. Die Ehrlichkeit ihrer Songs berührt die Herzen und Gedanken aller Zuhörer, mit einem breiten Spektrum sozialer und ethnischer Hintergründe, basierend auf der Prämisse:
„Wenn Du die Angst zwischen den Leuten verscheuchst, erhältst Du Liebe.“
("When you disappear fear between people what you have is love".)
SDF Brief Bio en Española -
Sonia de Disappear Fear, ha sido nominada seis veces al Grammy y ha vendido medio millon de copias de sus discos. Sonia esta continuamente viajando por el mundo con sus shows, su musica tiene raices en Balitmore, USA y en el medio oriente. Su musica, asi como su filosofia no saben de fronteras. Puedes encontrar su musica en, en or en itunes. Si compras su musica en su pagina electronica., 1$ para cada CD de las ventas sera donado al Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas, que colabora alimentando a ninos en paises en desarrollo.

Critics Choice
Rutstein who plays guitar and harmonica is this generation's DylanThe Advocate Magazine 

Rutstein on guitar and piano and a small circle of friends create lean yet surprisingly colorful folk-pop. - Mike Joyce, Washington Post 
SONiA of disappear fear had the audience actually holding our collective breath in awe. It was one of the most electric live ‘performances
I'd ever seen. In SONiA, I found a contemporary artist with Lennon's way with a phrase. From that night until this, she's been my favorite

singer/songwriter."   - Cliff Weimer, In the Balcony
"Quirky and smart, a poet with a guitar, SONiA is a master of crafting songs that make you want to simultaneously dance, sing,
and change the world." - Georgia Voice, USA
“....with a voice that is raspy yet pure and lyrical melodies reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Springsteen, and Joni Mitchell."  - Waiheke Jazz Festival,
New Zealand"

SONiA has returned with her best album in years, Broken Film …and it's high point is the breathtaking “The Banker”     
--Gregg Shapiro, Bay Area Reporter.
There is an exuberance and passion shining from SONiA as she warms the audience with her humanity, charm and a touch of glamour. 
--Roger Dietz, Sing Out Magazine

"I came to the concert learning she was Dylan's cousin, 2 minutes into the first song I forgot about that and was just mesmerized the entire night" Fan from Kassel, Germany 2017

"Everybody loves SONiA" --Dar Williams, performer

"One critic dubbed Rutstein, who plays guitar and harmonica, 'this generation's Dylan' ". The Advocate




photo by Lea Morales

photo by Lea Morales

photo by Lea Morales

photo by Lea Morales

This Live video was filmed for the Festival of Daniel (FOD) -2008 - to remember the great journalist, Daniel Pearl, who was murdered while working for peace in Pakistan February 2002. On October 10 (Daniel’s birthday) many musicians, composers and performers gather around the world to honor his tragically shortened life. This concert was organized by his dear friend Todd Mack. At this performance, SONiA is later accompnaied by 14 year old violin prodigy Sam Weiser, on the song Who’s So Scared that appears on disappear fear’s CD disappear fear (Rounder Records 1994) and later recorded live at Secret Sound Studio in Baltimore for Sam’s Debut CD called SaM i Am. As Daneil Pearl was an aspiring vidonist, a luthier Jonathan Cooper from New England sculpted a violin and gave it to Marc O’Connor who teaches young classical string musicians at a summer camp in Tennessee. That year the youngest recipeint was Sam Weiser. This concert was their first shared performance of many through the years.