Sonny Sandoval

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Sonny Sandoval
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Sandoval performing at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California on May 17, 2011.
Background information
Birth name Paul Joshua Sandoval
Also known as Sonny
Born (1974-05-16) May 16, 1974 (age 44)
San Diego, California, United States
  • Vocalist
  • rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992 – present
Associated acts P.O.D.

Paul Joshua "Sonny" Sandoval (born May 16, 1974) is an American singer and rapper. He is best known as co-founder and the lead vocalist of the alternative metal band P.O.D.


Sandoval was born in San Diego, California.[citation needed] He grew up in the Otay Mesa neighborhood of South San Diego.[citation needed] He drank and used marijuana frequently during his teenage years.[citation needed] In 1992, when he was eighteen, Sandoval's mother died of leukemia at the age of 47.[citation needed] During her illness, Sandoval was greatly influenced by his mother's faith as a devout Christian.[1] He pursued a career as an MC and later joined the band Enoch, a group started by Wuv Bernardo, Gabe Portillo and Marcos Curiel, which, with the addition of Sandoval, later became P.O.D. (acronym for "Payable On Death"). Sandoval states his musical roots as reggae, rock, and rap, all of which are apparent in P.O.D.[citation needed]



Sandoval is best known as co-founder and the lead vocalist of the alternative metal band P.O.D.

The Whosoevers

Since 2008, Sandoval has been part of an outreach group, The Whosoevers, with Ryan Ries, Lacey Sturm, formerly of Flyleaf, and Brian Welch, guitarist for the nu metal band Korn.

Other work

Sandoval appeared in Project 86's self-titled album in the song "Six Sirens". In 2004, he contributed to two tracks on Anastacia's self titled album, "Seasons Change" and "I Do". He has been named number 63 in Hit Parader's Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time in 2006.

In 2009, Sandoval appeared on Tribal Seeds' new album The Harvest, in the song "Warning". In 2010, Sandoval appeared on War of Ages' fourth album release Eternal, in the song "Eternal". In 2010, Sandoval appeared on Lecrae's fourth album release Rehab, in the song "Children of the Light". In 2011, Sandoval appeared on Dominic Balli's single, "American Dream". In 2012, Sandoval appeared on For Today's fourth album release Immortal, in the song "The Only Name". Also in 2013, Sandoval appeared on the track "Something Better" released on Flyleaf's EP Who We Are.[citation needed] He appeared on Islander's album, Violence & Destruction on the track, "Criminals".

He is currently involved with MTV EXIT concerts.

Personal life


He and his wife Shannon married in 1996, and have two daughters, Nevaeh and Marley, and a son, Justice. Sandoval is widely credited with the sudden popularity of the name Nevaeh, which, as he revealed on MTV Cribs, is "heaven" spelled backwards.[2][3]


For most of P.O.D.'s career, Sandoval was well known for his dreadlocks (which, by the release of the video for "Going in Blind", had reached the length of his waist), but since the release of P.O.D.'s seventh studio album, When Angels & Serpents Dance, he has cut them off.[4]



Guest Appearances


  1. ^ Smith, Debra (Spring 2011). Price, Tom, ed. "The Whosoevers - Bringing Youth to Christ (Sonny's Testimony)". Calvary Chapel Magazine. Calvary Chapel Magazine. 47: 36–43. 
  2. ^ Harris, Dan (May 18, 2006). "Rock Star's Baby Name Rockets up Charts for Kids". ABC News. Retrieved 2006-05-30. 
  3. ^ Lee, Jennifer 8. (May 18, 2006). "And if It's a Boy, Will It Be Lleh?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-05-30. 
  4. ^ Sonny explains why he cut his dreads. February 28, 2008. 
  5. ^ "New Song Featuring JAMEY JASTA Available For Free Download". April 4, 2012. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 

External links

  • The Whosoevers Official Website
  • Official website
  • The Warriors Tour Official Site
  • P.O.D. Promotions Crew: Official Street Team
  • MTV EXIT Concerts
  • Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Xbox Live VNR
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