Burning Questions

Sonyae Elise nabbed the win for Platinum Hit. What's the songwriter up to now?

Aug 5, 20110

Bravotv.com: How did you feel when they told you won Platinum Hit?
I felt one step closer to my ultimate goal in life. I felt like I was making good progress. I was happy and grateful and surprised but kind of. . .surprised/not surprised because I was confident in myself all along. But definitely. . .I can't even describe it. It was pretty awesome.

Bravotv.com: The last challenge seemed like it was pretty tricky. You were given this open-ended idea: write the song of your life. What was it like going through that actual process?
I was actually excited because we were given everything I had hoped for in the finale -- because I don't play an instrument, a producer, time (more than four hours), so that was dope, and I was prepared to do or die. Go hard or go home. So I was just focused.

Bravotv.com: Throughout the competition, you were a little different from everyone because you didn't play an instrument. Did you feel like you had to work harder? Did you feel like people maybe underestimated you?
I definitely felt people underestimated me initially, but I worked hard, period, to gain their respect. I wasn't too worried about that. I knew there would come a time if I was given the opportunity to stay, week by week, that my competitors would see my worth, and I was glad, (finally, I don't know what happened) but they started respecting what I do. Everybody plays an instrument, but I can work Pro Tools really well, so aside from having my voice as an instrument, that was also an asset in many of the challenges.

And also, I think that everybody has strengths and weakness, and I think that because I don't play an instrument, I build a strong foundation of lyric and concepts -- and melody as well, because I sing. My lyric and concepts are what I'm known for from this show. I think that were people like Scotty and Brian who were really good at melody because they play instruments, but they kind of lacked what I was strong at, and vice-versa. So, we made a really good team. I think that after a while, people saw that. So, it's cool, you know, you could doubt me in the beginning. See what happens. [Laughter]

9 comments
LaQuida Jackson
LaQuida Jackson

Sonyae is the bomb and best! I love her and I'm proud of her! She proved and showed that she could get through the competition and she came out on top! Such a great songwriter and singer! When it comes to her lyrics and concepts she is aggressive but honest and her voice is amazing! God bless her in future endeavors and I know her music career will soar! I'm glad she won and she deserved it!:) My favorite song of her is Love Me To Life. Congrats girl!!!

ANIN
ANIN

SONYAE IS MY FAVORITE ONE ON THE SHOW. I JUST LOVED HER SONG MY RELIGION I SING IT EVERYDAY I AM READY TO BUY YOUR MUSIC NOW. HATE IT OR LOVE IT . I LOVED IT SONYAE YOU GO GIRL.

sonyae"s biggest fan
sonyae"s biggest fan

Sonyae im so glad you won well i knew you were going to win you are very talnted and inspiring cant wait to here more from you.

Dr. Bush
Dr. Bush

Sonyae, You deserved this indeed. you're not only talented but you can relate to everyone in some form and fashion

K'Lee Reeves
K'Lee Reeves

Sonyae...I'm very proud of you...you stay strong to the end...and when I heard you sing the final song..tears ran down my face I knew where you was comimng from and even, more so knew hwere you was going and I knew you had already WON! .... congrats on a job well done....now go write me a song!!! your fan to the end!! K'Lee

Devin06
Devin06

Congratulations Sonyae - you deserved to win. I hope you become an artist, in addition to being a songwriter, you are beautiful and have an exceptional voice. The music industry could use an authentic talent like yourself.

Best of luck!

Devin the Devine

BEST
BEST

Sonyae's a STAR! I'm so happy she won. She's the only person I can really see becoming a platinum hit artist and songwriter. Like the female NeYo or DReam and the next Beyonce Lauryn Hill Mary J all mixed up in one. Cant wait for her album

Sonyae Fan
Sonyae Fan

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOU, Sonyae! Your music rocked on the show and I can't wait to hear what's next.

t.weezie
t.weezie

Congrats!!! I am soooo happy that you won! I have been pulling for your from the very beginning. You were definitely my fav and Scotty was a close second. Good luck to you and I look forward to hearing your music.