The life of singer Sonia of Brookside and Eurovision runner-up to a reality TV show

Pop Sensation Sonia first became famous as a teenager in the 1980s and has enjoyed success on stage and screen ever since.

Born in 1971, Sonia Evans – known by her first name Sonia – was educated in Walton and is known for her top hits and for representing the UK in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest. Skelmersdalewas a well-known talent from a young age.

Shortly after leaving school, she made appearances on some of television’s biggest shows, before launching her music career. She had previously told the ECO: “I went to Elliot Clarke school when I was eight and by the time I was 16 I had the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) gold medal, and I went on from there to get small parts in Bread and Brookside. “

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But while the teenage singer was playing the Liverpool club circuit, she was spotted by record producer Pete Waterman and an impromptu audition secured her a recording contract with Simon Cowell at BMG. In 1989, the then 18-year-old Liverpool singer hit the charts with his debut single – You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You – which climbed up the UK charts to reach number one spot.

Her debut album Everybody Knows sold 500,000 copies in 1990 and she became the first female UK artist to reach five top 20 hits from one album. Here, we take a a brief look back at the star’s career and what she has done since her first appearance on our screens.

English pop star Sonia Evans performs in a sheer jacket at the Smash Hits Awards, held at Limelight Club in London.  October 29, 1989
Pop star Sonia Evans performs in a sequin jacket at the Smash Hits Awards, held at London’s Limelight Club. October 29, 1989

The same year her debut album was released, Sonia also starred in a new version of the 1984 charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas? , as part of the charity supergroup Band Aid II, along with the likes of Bananarama, Chris Rea, Cliff Richard, Jason. Donovan, Kylie Minogue and Wet Wet Wet. Sonia had many hits in the 80’s and 90’s, including songs Listen To Your Heart, Counting Every Minute. and I Can’t Forget You.

But many will remember when the singer represented Britain in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest, hosted in Millstreet, Ireland. Entering with her version of the song, Better the Devil You Know, Sonia was stung to the title by Ireland, finishing second with 164 points.

Eurovision 1994 was almost celebrated in Liverpool. One of the conditions that Sonia gave to the BBC on behalf of the city before signing as our 1993 act was that we hosted if she won.

In later years, Sonia said she would not hesitate to repeat the experience and that competing in Eurovision was one of the best moments of her life. She had previously said: “I had a wonderful time at Eurovision. I was so sad when we came so close. We were all heartbroken, probably because we were convinced we would win.

“We were just silent when the results were read out. Voting was the most stressful time of my life. I feel proud to have participated and I would do it again but on my own terms.”

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British Contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest, Sonia, Cork, 1993
British Contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest, Sonia, 1993

The already established pop star had a few more years on and off the charts before moving on to a musical. Along with Dennis Waterman, Sonia made her theatrical debut in the musical Slice of Saturday Night, before facing a 1994 Sandy in the West End revival of Grease.

In the 1990’s, she also starred in the musical What a Feeling! and played the role of Lily Savage’s daughter, Bunty Savage, both at the BBC The Lily Wild Show and live shows.

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But outside the spotlight, the star later founded a family. In 1998, she married partner Mark Moses and the couple have a daughter together who was born in 2010.

Singer Sonia in 1989
Singer Sonia, 1989

Among her later roles, Sonia starred in Good Golly Miss Molly at the Royal Court Theater in Liverpool and has since appeared on our screens in Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, The Weakest Link, Hell’s Kitchen and This Morning. In addition to her roles in Pantomime, Sonia has also had roles in reality TV shows.

In 2003, she appeared on ITV’s Reborn in the USA, which saw British musicians transported to Statesside to revive their careers. In more recent years, she has appeared on Channel 5’s Celebrity 5 Go Caravanning.

But the singer continued to perform around the UK and in 2014 Liverpool Pride debut said it was always a “privilege” to perform in the city.

At the time she said, “For me, being in front of a home crowd makes such a difference, completely. I’ve been playing at the Empire and at the Epstein quite recently and it’s nice to watch and see all the Scousers, it’s always a privilege to perform at home.”

Liverpool Pride 2014 launch at the Malmaison Hotel Liverpool.  The Glam fairytale lunch was hosted by Dave Kelly and Leanne Campbell of Radio City.  Singer Sonia pictured lending her full support to the event
Liverpool Pride 2014 launch at the Malmaison Hotel Liverpool. In the picture, singer Sonia

In 2019, Sonia announced that she has signed with a new label and more music is on the way. She tweeted: “I’m really happy to announce that I’ve signed with Energize Records and will be recording new music. There will be a single in the summer and a new album follows. Very exciting x”

In 2020, the star celebrated its 50th birthday and continues to perform across the country. Ahead of the upcoming Bank Holiday, Sonia stands out Blackpool Sea as part of the resort’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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