Sonja Sleator

"Raw and honest songwriting" - XS Noise

Sonja Sleator has established herself as one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable singer/songwriters. Her personal and engaging songs have led to appearances on local radio, television and at festivals including Hard Working Class Heroes. Her EP, ADAMS, released in 2017, has been described as “one of the best releases of the year” by Dublin 98FM’s John Barker. Lead single, Calla, received radio play on Dublin 98FM, Near FM Sessions, Downtown Radio and Q Radio. In 2018, Sonja released Ghost, the first single off a new EP titled Violent Strawberry. It achieved airplay across three continents, while second single 'Goodbye' featured in Hotpress Magazine, XS Noise, Chordblossom and BBC Radio Ulster. The Violent Strawberry EP was released to critical acclaim and will be followed by a series of singles through 2019/2020.


Goodbye is the second single release from Sonja's Violent Strawberry EP. It was named Hotpress Magazine's Track of the Day, featured in the publication's Tracks of the Fortnight and achieved radio play on BBC Radio Ulster, 8 Radio Ireland, KCLR FM and others.

Runaway was released in June 2019 ahead of Sonja's summer festival appearances at Beanstock and the East Side Arts Festival. It was featured on Chordblossom's monthly playlist for June and achieved airplay on 8Radio, KCLR FM, Cork's 96FM, Flirt FM, The Irish Jam, Craic Radio, Galway Bay FM, Downtown Radio and Blues & Roots Radio.


Hotpress - "While her melodies are rootsy and simple, she is a great storyteller - drawing audiences in with lyrics about drunken crises and boyfriends 'who pissed off to London'."

Nialler9 – “catchy upbeat melody with narrative lyrics…”

GiggingNI – “The raw emotion throughout is hard to deny and immediately sucks you in.”

John Barker, Totally Irish 98 - "One of the best releases of the year."

XS NOIZE - "Raw, honest songwriting."

Rocking Magpie - "There’s something very special about Sonja Sleator"


  • Hard Working Class Heroes, Dublin
  • Sunflower Festival, N. Ireland
  • The Big Music Show, NVTV
  • BBC Big Weekend Fringe Festival
  • On’t Sofa Sessions, London
  • The Listening Room, Nashville
  • East Side Arts Festival
  • Support slots with Cormac Neeson (The Answer), Kaz Hawkins, Another Sky, Daniel John Paxton
  • Featured on Norm’s Rare Guitar Shop YouTube Channel


  • I.D, 2014 (EP)
  • Calla, 2017 (single)
  • Adams, 2017 (EP)
  • Pour The Vodka, 2018 (single/video)
  • Ghost, 2018 (single)
  • Goodbye, 2019 (single/video)
  • Violent Strawberry, 2019 (EP)
  • Runaway, 2019 (single/video)


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