|Birth name Paul Joshua Sandoval|
Name Sonny Sandoval
Also known as Sonny
Spouse Shannon Kelly (m. 1996)
Years active 1992 – present
Music group P.O.D. (Since 1991)
|Born May 16, 1974 (age 49) San Diego, California, US (1974-05-16) |
Genres Alternative metal, rap metal, nu metal, Christian metal, reggae
Occupation(s) Vocalist, rapper, singer-songwriter
Children Justice Sandoval, Marley Sandoval, Nevaeh Sandoval
Similar Noah Bernardo, Marcos Curiel, Traa Daniels
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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.
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- Early life
- The Whosoevers
- Other work
- Guest Appearances
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Sandoval was born in San Diego, California to a Hawaiian-Chamorro mother and a Mexican-Italian father. He grew up in the Otay Mesa neighborhood of South San Diego. He drank and used marijuana frequently during his teenage years. In 1992, when he was eighteen, Sandoval's mother died of leukemia at the age of 37. During her illness, Sandoval was greatly influenced by his mother's faith as a devout Christian. 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.
Sandoval is best known as co-founder and the lead vocalist of the alternative metal band P.O.D.
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.
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. He appeared on Islander's album, Violence & Destruction on the track, "Criminals".
He is currently involved with MTV EXIT concerts.
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.
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.