Pastor Sonja Elise

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“Anointed Voice of Change”

“The amazing melodic, soulful songbird. When she sings her voice causes you to reflect on the greatest memories. Her voice will make you remember the times!” ~Ron Cummings, Choir Director for Hezekiah Walker’s Love Fellowship Choir

Pastor Sonja Elise named “Anointed Voice of Change” is a Doctor of Divinity, Divine Voices Music Group Recording Artist, Master Voice Teacher, Off-Broadway Producer and Star of the only one-woman musical  tribute of the Legendary Phyllis Hyman that is approved and supported by the Hyman Family and Friends called “Strength of a Woman: A Phyllis Hyman Tribute.”

She studied Vocal Performance at Prairie View A&M University, a part of the Texas A&M University system, and had the wonderful opportunity to perform while there with Terry Ellis of En Vogue and Rikki Valentino Lafontaine formerly of The Richard Smallwood Singers. Over the years she has ministered in song along side Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers, Nakitta Clegg-Foxx, The Fountain of Praise Church Mass Choir, Sherrie Moffett-Jones, Jonathan Nelson, Melonie Daniels, James Fortune & Fiya, Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Sounds of Blackness featuring Ann Nesby, Gary Mayes of Gary Mayes and Nu Era, and Kathy Taylor & Favor.

She is an award-winning lyricist and wrote the school song for Thurgood Marshall High School in Missouri City, TX which led her to join ASCAP as a Songwriter and Publisher. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity-NY Chapter, The Recording Academy-NY & TX Chapters, Texas Christian Songwriters Association,  Music Educators National Conference, NABFEME-National Association of Black Female Executive and Music and Entertainment Houston, MAC-Manhattan Association of Cabarets, Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society, NY Blues and Jazz Society and National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

She has lent her vocals as a background vocalist for Top 15 Billboard Gospel Charting EARS Music Group Gospel Recording Artist Tonya Lewis Taylor and featured in the song “Great I Am” as a Lead Vocalist on her debut “Delayed But Not Denied” album and singing Background Vocals on her EP and recent single “I Am More Than A Conqueror!”

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Her 1st Gospel single “This Day (An Accapella Prayer)” which was written by the Late Dr. Edwin Hawkins and produced by Pastor Sonja Elise in 2003 yet she did not release it until 2018. It debuted at #3 on the Gospel Chart in New York, NY in 2018 and was on the Top 10 chart in 2020. Reentered on the Gospel Chart in Houston, Texas in 2023 and is at #3 two weeks on the chart in February 2023!  It is sold on Apple Music,, and other music outlets worldwide.

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She is also a contributing author to MizCEO Finale Book “Ain’t No Plan B: 17 Women Share Their Stories of Perseverance, Hope and Triumph” where I shared about my years when I gave up singing. It is a very powerful testimony of music, serving, and obedience. This book was released on her birthday October 10, 2019, in conjunction with the MizCEO Ain’t No Plan B Conference in Indiana. To book Pastor Sonja Elise or order your copy email