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Presence and sublime peace; Sonny provides that oh-so-open sentiment that

transmits into the hearts of his listeners,


emanating a raw and powerful,
gentle and true; fascinating aura of mystery,
For all beings.
From concert halls, outdoor music festivals, living rooms, yoga studios,
pyramids and meditative healing ceremonies; I have had the blessed
opportunity to share myself and the music that brings me such joy and deep
peace in a group-unifying experience I call Prayerformance. I love to
collaborate and co-create with others and enter these venues in order to bring
light and love through the healing and inspiring power of psychic music.
For more booking information please email sonnyandchair@gmail.com or
visit www.sonnymusic.net


Bio

A lover of music and a student of rhythm since birth, Sonny's rhythmic and harmonic explorations
have stretched over many styles and genres over his 36 year career primarily performing as tapper,
slapper, banger and player of all things drum-able in his youth, including such surfaces as table tops,
pots, pans, garbage cans, back of the car head rest and heads of siblings.

Later, he went on to refine his approach as percussionist and drummer for a variety of rock, soul,
blues, jazz, folk, funk and freestyle; world-beat fusion, rhumba flamenco, african roots, dance, trance;
orchestral and marching band ensembles. Studying piano and percussion with a variety of teachers
and masters for over 15 years. whilst performing, competing and facilitating in numerous festivals
and world championships. Not to mention his love for vocal percussion (Beatboxing) which he loves
to teach and performs wherever he goes. Today, Sonny enjoys drumming, travelling, writing,
speaking publicly, all things consciousness, inner and outer space and singing with his guitar offering
a beautifully enchanted blend of spirit and soul, performing in both English and Spanish as well as
chanting in the ancient Sanskrit language from India.

Sonny shares the songs life has passed down through him in a healing heart-centered experience of
psychic/mystic folk and musical prayer.
Sonny Davis was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada to parents of Irish and German decent. At age five,
shortly before his parents separated, he was diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy
known as CMT or Charcot Marie Tooth disease. Aside from experiencing this degenerative nerve and
muscle disorder; greatly effecting his arms and legs; with the help of certain aids such as braces,
canes walkers and wheelchairs, Sonnys youth was chalked full of belief bending and mind altering
events that would contradict the opinions of his family, doctors and peers, including himself and his
mother, who was determined to get him involved in as many activities as possible growing up, such
as sea scouts, marching band, athletics and wheelchair racing.

Sonny claims doctors told him at an early age that the type of MD he had was life threatening, and
that he wouldnt live to see age 30. This would later be proven wrong. Yet his condition would remain
degenerative in nature, which in disabled athletics, time and again fell into an ambiguously gray area
when it came to classifying him as an athlete in wheelchair racing.

In a heroic effort to overcome the fears that accompanied this finite belief; leading up to his 30th
birthday and shortly after having been revoked of the athlete card he needed to race for team Canada
in the 2008 Beijing Paralymics; Sonny began to consider his life and what he felt was his deepest
purpose for living. Drawing from such a deep well of inspiration over a 30 year period, Sonny wanted
to give back in a way he thought would inspire and honour not only his body but his family,
friends and his childhood heroes.

And just in case his doctors were right, he decided he needed to go on a long trip



He swiftly organized a small humble pit crew and began rolling wheels off Canadas west coast across
the country in a support campaign to raise money, awareness and above all - inspiration for Muscular
Dystrophy. After a demanding start from Mile zero in Victoria BC, and many a stop to continue his
fund raising efforts, as well as the sudden passing of his father along route, Sonny and chair called
journeys end half way in Thunder Bay Ontario after three months and nine days of pushing his
hand cycle wheelchair on the shoulder of Canadas #1 highway. His dream was to go coast to coast,
but with the few set backs experienced he was forced to recalibrate the end location and arrival time.

Soon after, Sonny was asked to join the Man in Motion - Rick Hansen on his 25th Anniversary relay
celebrating 25 years of spinal cord injury research and the original Man in Motion odyssey. On this
25th Anniversary, it was 7000 difference makers from across Canada participating in a coast to coast
relay AND Rick needed athletes. Endurance athletes to be exact.

What that meant was Sonny had been given another chance to fulfill his trans-Canada dream, only
this time he would be travelling in the opposite direction from the east coast, west towards Thunder
Bay. Sonny shares his tale with an inspiring talk about overcoming fears and how he came to develop
his own personal power and whatever it takes attitude in the midst of any so called limitation.

Sonny, right from his early years, has always been a source of inspiration. By sharing his story
imbued with courage, hope and bravery, Sonny trusts others will be inspired and motivated to do
whatever it takes to realize their full potential of self love and mastery. To Sonny, this is involution.

For overcoming adversity, at the age of 13, he received one of the highest awards in Canada that a
scout can receive presented to him by the Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn. He was the Alberta
Junior Champion for 800m, 400m and 200m in wheelchair racing. He joined and competed and
travelled all over North America for 7 years with a Marching Brass Ensemble playing percussion
instruments in their pit section.

"I don't know why I have this disease but I know I can do more with it than without it."

Sonny has definitely lived up to that remark.

Sourced from the book Inch by Inch Growing in Life