He started his music career playing drums in the basement of his childhood home in Illinois. He was musically influenced by a variety of classic rock and R&B bands such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Elton John, and Led Zeppelin.
At age 21, while attending the University of South Carolina, Sonefeld joined his first band. Armed with what he describes as "a flashy mullet and a challenged fashion sense" he played in various cover bands around Columbia during the mid to late 80's. But, by the end of the 80's he had developed a strong urge to become a songwriter. So, in 1989 he joined up with some like-minded fellows called Hootie and the Blowfish, who were also attending the university.
The band toured regionally while honing their craft, and after signing a record deal with Atlantic Records the band released their full length debut "Cracked Rear View" in the summer of 1994. They have sold more than 25 million records since then and have toured worldwide. Sonefeld has been one of the main songwriters in the band, writing several of their early hits including "Hold my hand" and "Time". The band still plays a handful of shows yearly, which support the Hootie and the Blowfish foundation, based in South Carolina.
Sonefeld released his first solo cd "Snowman Melting" in 2008 on Aquarian Nation Records. It was a musical testimony of heartbreak, addiction, recovery, and hope. But in 2011, compelled by his growing Christian faith and more recent musical influences such as Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, and Jeremy Camp, he embarked upon his first contemporary Christian music project.
The result is his first CCM release entitled "Found", recorded in August of 2011 in Nashville with producer Stan Lynch. On the 5-song debut "Found", Sonefeld brings a cd exploding musically and lyrically with a celebration of his faith, renewal, and delivery. As he states, "I have never felt so comfortable and confident in my singing, until I started singing for God". As you might expect with his musical pedigree, a solid backbeat, strong melodies, soaring harmonies, and electric guitars provide the foundation for his new music.
The year 2012 brings Sonefeld to a new chapter in his life. A chapter that reads like a man who has learned a lot on his journey, but still realizes he is the student.
Check out his webpage to keep up with his latest doings.