'This is songwriting like it should be! Awsome. The singer is as good as her musicians, the whole performance is very strong. Markowski is a complete singer/songwriter. Everything is on a high level. The combination of the songs, the performance and her strong personality make it very special.' (jury comment Grand Prize South Holland) What happens if a singer/songwriter from the inspiring town Berlin (Germany) moves to Holland and loses her heart to Americana? Right...she starts writing her own rootsy popsongs about wicked things in life that grown up people are supposed to understand, but actually don't. Sonja Markowski whispers softly, sings with the strong, expressive voice of a rock chick. She touches your heart, effortless. Her honest lyrics paint pictures you will definitely remember. Her songs sound too rootsy to fit in the pop section, too young to be traditional folk, too soft to be rock'n'roll and too wicked to be countrymusic. Actually, it's all of this, but still different. Eleven years ago she met her musical soulmate Jan van Bijnen. He's got exactly what her songs need: the edgy singing of a dobro, a crispy guitar, a dreamy pedal steel, a tender mandolin and the lonely sound of a banjo. He adds some country flavor to the songs, without going too much 'yeehaw'.
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