CHRONICLELIVE.CO.UK REPORTS – The redhead with the huge voice thinks the tragic Orlando shootings will make the gay community stronger during Pride season. She’s performed at the event before and flame haired Scouse songstress Sonia is ready to hit the Newcastle Pride stage once again next weekend. The Liverpool legend, who soared to the top of the charts in the late 1980s with Stock Aitken and Waterman classic You’ll Never Stop Me From Loving You, is one of the star attraction at the Town Moor on Sunday, July 17, alongside Heather Small and Boulevard’s Danni Dee and the Broadway Dancers.
Sonia was last in the Toon in the not too distant past for a nostalgia event at SR44 nightclub and she’s looking forward to another trip to Tyneside. “I can’t wait to get back to Newcastle,” she told What’s On. “I was last up here to do a Cheer Up Pop Party with Sybil and the atmosphere was electric. “I played Newcastle Pride a few years ago and to be told that last year there were nearly 70,000 people there last year is amazing. I don’t really get nervous though; I just can’t wait to get out there again.”
The UK Eurovision entrant for 1993 has got a huge gay following, which makes her busy summer, which will see her perform at events all over Europe, all the more of a pleasure. “Pride is such a wonderful thing,” she continued. “It’s all about everyone coming together to party and enjoy themselves and have a great time. “I’ve been fortunate to have a really supportive gay fanbase from day one really. They’ve always been so, so supportive ever since the days of You’ll Never Stop Me From Loving You. “I think the Stock, Aitken and Waterman music plays a massive part in that. The sound and style is all very fun and the lyrics I sang back when when I was a teenager myself were about things that other youngsters could relate to.”
Like so many others across the world, Sonia was deeply saddened by the tragic events in Orlando but thinks if anything the shocking massacre in Pulse nightclub will make the gay community stronger. “My gay fans are such lovely, lovely people and the awful events in Orlando really got to me. “I couldn’t believe it. It’s absolutely awful in this day and age that someone could do such a thing. We all live in this world together; I just wish we could all get along. All over the world more and more things seem to be going pear-shaped. “I was watching breakfast TV a few weeks ago and heard Sinitta talking about London Pride and how she thinks the events in America will make the event even more of a big deal. I have no doubt that the gay community will grow even stronger now.”
I couldn’t talk to Sonia and not mention this year’s Eurovision with its added voting twist which saw UK entrants Joe & Jake slump to a dismal position on the leaderboard. “May was a busy month for me, with it being Eurovision. Every time that time of year comes around I’m massively busy with gigs and appearances at clubs, at Pride events and even on cruise ships! “Getting to represent the UK back in 1993 was a huge deal for me and my entry – Better the Devil You Know – is still one of the songs everyone wants me to perform. “I got to cover this year’s contest for Rylan’s Channel 5 chat show. I interviewed a lot of the acts, including UK entrants Joe & Jake. They were such lovely lads, great performers and had a really catchy song. It deserved to do so much better but the whole thing is so political now.”
To end on a more positive note, Sonia said that anyone who hasn’t seen her perform can expect a real Pride party. “Anyone who’s never seen me before can expect a bubbly performance, a belting voice and lots of fun. I’ll be doing my classics as well as a few surprising covers, including a really big anthem at the end of the set. “We haven’t had much of a summer so far. It would be great to have loads of sunshine for Newcastle Pride but even if it rains we’ll still have a fabulous time”