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Sondra Levine is a Connecticut based singer-songwriter whose music and lyrics find themselves steeped in the traditions of Folk, Motown R&B, Rock, Pop and Jazz while adhering to the classic vocal and lyrical purity reminiscent of pioneering, female singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Sarah McLachlan and Sheryl Crow. Her current album, Walking on Water, is a full production, ten track record produced by Eric Lichter at Dirt Floor Studios that attributes to the inspirations of her roots without compromising the distinction of her own eclectic brand.  With emphasis on vocals, harmonies and arrangement, the instrumentation in Walking On Water gives rise to the brawny sound of a full, six piece band while reaching into the soul with melodies that stick and lyrics that seep slowly into the heart.  Sondra is also a designer by trade and loves to use wood, fabric and other ephemera to build, repurpose and re-create.  Sondra spends her musical time writing and performing and is currently looking forward to another southern tour.  Book:  sondralevinemusic@yahoo.com

Credits:
Sondra has shared the stage with national acts such as Nashville's Zac Brown BandCharlie AllenCarleansYarn, Say Darling, Kerri Powers as well as local and regional outfits, The Hoolios, Vince ThompsonAnna May, Roy Dunn MacLean, Josi Davis, Plywood Cowboy and many others, and played keys and harmony vocals in The Charlie Allen Band and Jay Dempsy and Highway Call.  Sondra continued to expand her chops performing her songs in back to back duo projects with Dan Ravenelle of Village Jammers and songwriter Bruce Thorndike of ODNT before pairing down to the minimalism of live solo acoustic.  She has written commercially with Charlie Allen, Kris Bergnes and Steve Pasch of SB21 Studios Nashville, Chris and Teeb Manhattan, Steve Allen Nashville and Tony Stampley of Nashville NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International.)


Press:  "You'll want a copy of this record, and you'll want to play it loud!!" 

"The musicianship on the album is top-notch and features precision, expert production.  Levine's pleasing vocals remind me of Karen Carpenter with shades of Joan Baez.  The harmony laden songs are chock full of clever and intellectual lyrics. . . with songwriting reminiscent of Jackson Browne. . .looks back on an entire lifetime and is filled with imagery. . . haunting, alluring and speakeasy type. . .in a brilliant and beautiful way. . .vulnerable . . .alluring. . .gritty."  

- Sue Menhart, Sound Waves Magazine  


"I'm four songs in to WOW and WOWEEE. This record is ridiculously great. You aren't kidding when you say, 'Turn it up,'  because the sounds are stellar. You chose a great start song. The ending on track three is so interesting and very cool. Overlay of your vocals come through exact and beautiful. And of course the violin! Wow. the background music on track 4 is just phenomenal. Totally digging this record. I hear a lot of new music. We get tons every week at WCNI, and that's what I play for my three hours. This is going to be one of my favorites. Cannot wait for official release. So good Sondra. That Eric is a knock out."
- Pam Strollo  WCNI  90.9 FM New London, CT

"I haven't found a bad cut on your CD.  I can honestly tell you that a lot of CDs. . .if you get one or two good songs that's a pretty good CD, three or four good songs, wow!  But I like your whole CD.  It's a great CD!  I play it all the time on my show."
-Dorothy Ames WCNI 90.9 FM New London, CT and Gramma's Attic Music Revue CTPA TV


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    Bio:
Sondra delivers a bare bones, acoustic version of her dancey, rockin' record, Walking On Water which was produced at Dirt Floor Studios in full six piece format.  Her songs weave a fluid and colorful tapestry threaded by the trials of life and love while maintaining a wry sense of humor and overall well-being. With lyrics profound in their simplicity and melodies steeped in harmonies and tinted by the influences and range of California's Laurel Canyon, early Motown, sixties and seventies folk, blues and pop, this project emerges as her unique brand while maintaining the classic integrity of the artists whose impact rained deep into her own creative well.  Sondra has been compared to Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt and Karen Carpenter with the lyrical sensibilities of Jackson Browne.  She has toured both north and south along the Eastern Seaboard carrying several years of music festivals, songwriter rounds, the Wolf Den - Mohegan Sun as well as various regional cafes, inns, galleries and the Connecticut winery circuit under her guitar strap.  With her recently released, ten track record and several radio and TV appearances, Sondra continues to push the boundaries of writing while taking her solo performance live on the road.  Stay tuned for a brand new batch of songs to be recorded soon!


    Credits:
    Sondra has shared the stage with national acts such as Nashville's Zac Brown BandCharlie AllenThe Hoolios, Yarn as well as local and regional outfits, Vince ThompsonAnna Mae Thompson, Roy Dunn MacLean, Josi Davis and many others, and played keys and harmony vocals in The Charlie Allen Band and Jay Dempsy and Highway Call.  Sondra continued to expand her chops performing her songs in back to back duo projects with Dan Ravenelle and fellow songwriter Bruce Thorndike before pairing down to the minimalism of live solo acoustic.  She has written commercially with Charlie Allen, Kris Bergnes and Steve Pasch of SB21 Studios Nashville, Chris and Teeb Manhattan, Steve Allen Nashville and Tony Stampley of Nashville NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International.)

    Press:
    "I'm four songs in to WOW and WOWEEE. This record is ridiculously great. You aren't kidding when you say, 'Turn it up,' because the sounds are stellar. You chose a great start song. The ending on track three is so interesting and very cool.  Overlay of your vocals come through exact and beautiful. And of course the violin! Wow. the background music on track 4 is  just phenomenal. Totally digging this record. I hear a lot of new music. We get tons every week at WCNI, and that's what I play for my three hours. This is going to be one of my favorites. Cannot wait for official release. So good Sondra. That Eric is a knock out."
 - Pam Strollo  WCNI  90.9 FM New London, CT

    "I haven't found a bad cut on your CD.  I can honestly tell you that a lot of CDs. . .if you get one or two good songs that's a pretty good CD, three or four good songs, wow!  But I like your whole CD.  It's a great CD!  I play it all the time on my show."
    - Dorothy Ames WCNI 90.9 FM New London, CT and Gramma's Attic Music Revue CTPA TV