Sonja Perenda has released her debut album,”Time Has Come.” The album now is available for purchase on iTunes and includes three bonus tracks. It is a blend of big vocal lines, catchy melodies, heavy guitars and classical influences. The album already has received amazing reviews from several magazines, including Skope Mag and Ravenheart Magazine, and has received regular airplay on radio stations all over the globe.
Genre blending is nothing new to the music industry. But some genres appear completely mutually exclusive, seemingly defying the prospect of blending and so diametrically opposed in styles that one would never imagine a marriage of the two. Innovative types tend to see similarities where most of us see only exclusivity. Such is the case with Austrian singer Sonja Perenda, whose blend of classic vocal technique with contemporary rock, has led some to label it “operatic rock.”
With six years of working and writing behind her, what has emerged is a collection of Sonja’s emotive lyrical matter melded with heavy rock and metal riffs. Think one part English opera and one part metal instrumentation, with an almost Trans-Siberian Orchestra-like backing. Sonja Perenda has had the chance to tour through Europe and the Middle East, playing shows in places such as Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Kosovo. She has been performing in front of the UN-soldiers at the camps in Kosovo and Syria and has been performing at major festivals in Austria and Germany.
Aside from her musical activities, Sonja Perenda also is a law school graduate, which was prompted by her heart always beating for the people on the shadow side of life. She currently is a practicing attorney in Austria. At age 16, Perenda started her special charity concerts: Shows in front of the homeless people and in jails all over Austria and Germany. “Thanks to my second profession, I definitely know that there is no clear border between ‘good and evil’. No black and white here, but a million shades of grey. In this spirit: Let’s rock the jail!” Perenda said.