There is nothing as risky as love ; love took her
to Almería where she lives with her family
when she is not working. Sonia Miranda, a
girl from Isla Mayor, Sevilla, 31 years old; her
name sounds intensively in the most famous flamenco
She spent her childhood by the banks of the guadalquivir,
in the marsh, it left an unforgettable mark in this
woman who grew up with a special trend to music. Her
own character, extremely shy, set her appart from flamenco
at the beginning. She felt such a worship for this music
that she was not sure she could sing it with the dignity
She did not know that this humble attitude, her urge
to improve, her enormous desire for learning and her
dignity when she did something, will take her where
she is now.
It is not easy in flamenco music to be humble without
making words sound false and high-pitched, neither to
mix tradition, schools and influences with a personal
impression and,nevertheless, be proud of it.
In Sonia we can appreciate the influence of artists
from different times and types, from La Niña
de los Peines or Chacón to others who are still
working such as Carmen Linares, Maite Martín
o José "el de la Tomasa", Juan Varea,
Caracol o Niño de Barbate. Definitely,an ideal
culture medium who has helped her to develop her own
personality far from any given archetipe.
She has got many important awards, among the most outstanding
we could mention:
-Melón de plata, national competition, Lo Ferro
-Silla de plata,"silla de oro" competition,
Leganés, Madrid 2000
-Award to the most-rounded singer (cantaor), young flamenco
singer competition, Calasparra 2001
-First prize in Santa Lucia competition (songs from
Granada and Malaga), Cartagena 2000
-Special prize, "Bajo guia competition (songs from
Sanlucar), Sanlucar de Barrameda 2000
-Finalist in the prestigious national competition of
Cordoba, "Camarón de la Isla" and "Niña
de los peines" categories, Cordoba 2001-2004.
Sonia considers more important for her vocational training
and her own development as an artist the different colaborations
she has done with artists of such stature as Manuel
Soler, Miguel Angel Cortés and Rafael Campallo;
experiences she had with those colleagues who shared
and are still sharing her main interests, training and
those who have taken with her the first steps towards
the world of art.
Her own experience has made her feels as a privilleged
because she can dedicate herself to her biggest passion.
She has also learnt that the way is not bed of roses
but, as the poet said, there is no way or it is a neverended
way or even worst, the same way do not take everyone
where they think they should go; what really matter
is to be in the way, enjoy it and go through it quietly,
with austerity and giving the best of oneself.
We really think she is reaching her way, Sonia is not
keen on the idea of doing easy;s he is a whole singer
with a repertoire where you can find from the most well-known
songs (cantes) to those which are not much used anymore;
that is what makes her so special and we expect her
to give to flamenco music real and beautiful things.
Sonia gets her influence from the Sevilla school, her
interpretations of malagueñas, granainas, tangos,
solea por bulerias and cantiñas are really fantastic.
Belmonte used to say: "you sing the way you are",
he was right because Sonia represents a fine display
of sweetness, sensibility; her songs are humble, intimate,
thrilling, with a beautiful voice plenty of subtle differences.
We are in front of a singer who goes step by step, with
an eye in tradition and the other in her own future.
Her artistic present
is already a brilliant reality.
We expect great things from her.
Marcos Escánez Carrillo