SONI writes about the obstacles she has encountered with equal parts toughness and optimism. Her new track, “Happy to Serve” pulls from the angst she felt as the shopkeeper’s daughter, kept out of sight but knowing who she is.
SONI is American, British and Indian — a refugee with many homes who now lives in Orange County LA. After losing her brother and her father, she found the power to move on and continue creating. “Happy to Serve” comes off her upcoming EP Rebel Star, which will be released on July 24th, 2020.
The song is all groove. Horns and layered vocals bring high energy and SONI sings of unbreakability and sweetness. There is a disco sense in the transitions and passion here, brought into a casual space by the hip-hop breakdown. A flow of stress and mess is underscored by strings that touch into a darker reality before SONI’s grand optimism returns. She is fighting and surviving and evoking the listener to do the same.