Getting To Know... Sonny Winnebago

Following on from the success of his initial singles ‘Take Me For A Ride’ and ‘She Says’, emerging singer and songwriter Sonny Winnebago has now landed a spot of the illustrious Phwoar & Peace label for his wonderfully uplifting new release 'Little Sun'.

Recorded by producer Charlie Francis (R.E.M., The High Llamas, Sweet Baboo) and featuring contributions from Davey Newington (Boy Azooga), Matt Evans (KEYS) and Steve Black (Sweet Baboo), 'Little Sun' looks to inject a much-needed dose of sunshine into our lives. With its bright and joyous overtones, this is one of those songs that you can just switch on and forget all of your troubles.

So with his new release delivering brightness to so many right now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has brought him to this point in his career.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

The flute! I picked it up in school & it's proving useful for what I'm doing now!

What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?

Life being difficult.

What kind of music did you love as a teenager?

Anything melodic & distorted! Smashing Pumpkins were a real favourite.

Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?

'Bicycle Race' by Queen.

When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?

I lay around listening to frequencies on YouTube.

How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?

3 or 4, I think. Not many. If I do, it'll be vague so that I can explore a theme.

What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?

Supporting Michael Kiwanuka in a sold out venue!

Outside of music, what is your biggest passion?

I have lots of little passions! Things like cooking, painting, meditation, origami, gardening - come to think of it, anything in my own company.

If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?

I got accepted into a carpentry course, which is hopefully something I'll be able to do once I'm more established as a musician.

And what advice would you give to other musicians looking to start a career in music?

Make the art that brings you joy & hope that others understand it!


Sonny Winnebago's new single 'Little Sun' is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to it in the player below.