We had the good fortune of connecting with Sunni Sanders and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sunni, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I grew up in Detroit, Michigan and have lived in Atlanta for 10 years. I have grown up around music, starting with church. Everything from choir rehearsals, solos and mentorship from older musicians molded me into the artist I am today. My parents played everything from gospel to R&B to jazz and all of those genres rolled into one would perfectly describe my sound.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is a direct reflection of me and my environment. Often I’m inspired by my own personal experiences or things I’ve observed. I like to think that my music is pure R&B, very nostalgic of the 90’s/early 2000’s era. I’m most excited about my upcoming EP, so my audience can get a real sense of who I am as an artist. I’m not exactly where I want to be just yet, but some opportunities have come up recently that will be great for me. This journey has been tough mentally and creatively. Sometimes you can get burnt out and unmotivated, but I always find solace in the fact that tomorrow is always another opportunity to be better. I want my brand and artistry to be relatable to the world in some way. I want to be someone that other young aspiring artists can look up to and say ‘”if she can do it, so can I”.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m pretty simple when it comes to going out for fun. Good food and drinks is usually at the core of a good time for me. I would take them to the High Museum of Art for starters. Some drink/food spots I would definitely take them to are Kaleidoscope, Bar Vegan, Cypress Street Pint & Plate and of course Waffle House (because why not?). I’d definitely also take them to Piedmont Park to get some fresh air and nice scenery. For the night-life (pre-Covid), I’d take them to the Buckhead bars so we could hop around from place-to-place easily.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would first like to shoutout my parents for their unwavering support and love. Without their encouragement, I’m not sure I would still be pursuing music if were not for them. Secondly, I’d like to show recognition to my former dance teacher Rita Mosley of Fem Fatale Dance Studio. She pushed me and taught me great work ethic and endurance. I’ve been able to use those tools with my music career.
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