Full biography of Sonika Vaid.
Sonika Vaid was born on August 4, 1995 to parents of Indian origin. “They started from having nothing in America after migration from India,” remarked Sonika, “They have always nurtured the American dream in their minds.” The family migrated to Weston, Massachusetts when Sonika was a child. As Sonika Vaid grew, the family decided to relocate to Martha’s Vineyard. In America’s beloved wine country, Sonika honed her talent for singing. By the age of three, she’d cemented her love of performing. She soon after learned to play the piano. By high school, Sonika was performing at a local park near her home during special events. After graduating from Weston High School in 2013, Sonika decided to pursue a college education, majoring in biology.
Sonika Vaid auditioned for American Idol in Denver, Colorado. The biology student with a knack for singing was an underdog in the race for the golden ticket. Despite her inexperience and unfortunate performance on The Voice, Sonika’s luck was changing. She blew the judges away with a dulcet rendition of “Look At Me” by Carrie Underwood. Jennifer Lopez loved it. “That’s a pure, god-given voice,” praised Harry Connick Jr., “you’re so going to Hollywood.”
Sonika’s otherworldly voice won her a golden ticket to Hollywood and the tearful joy of her parents. Sonika’s mother was present at the audition and contacted her father via Skype. “I knew you had talent,” he exclaimed. Sonika’s parents are crucial to her success. “I owe my ticket to Hollywood to my mom who has always supported me. She is my number one fan,” claimed Sonika.
The farewell season of American Idol is a testament to the willpower and determination of the contestants. Many of the aspiring performers have tested their mettle in similar talent competitions to varying success. Singer Sonika Vaid is one of them; on the fourth season of rival talent competition The Voice, Sonika was thoroughly rejected. Not a single one of the show’s judges lauded her performance. Despite her prior failure, Sonika has clung to her dream of becoming a professional musician. She’s taken the fifteenth and final season of American Idol by storm. With her raw determination and skillfully honed talent, Sonika Vaid has proven herself a formidable opponent for the other contestants on the show.
The Indo-American songstress was primed for the Hollywood rounds of American Idol. Despite her mounting anxiety over the challenge, Sonika pulled off a crowd-pleasing rendition of “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift. “My heart was racing and so many emotions were running through my mind,” she commented, “Talking to the judges made me feel like I was in a dream, but holding that golden ticket in my hand made everything so real. I couldn’t be more thrilled about making it through.” Sonika was an early favorite for the audience. The judges, due to their discerning nature, weren’t quite as impressed. Jennifer Lopez commented that there was “something missing” in Sonika’s voice. Tensions were growing in the judgement room as Sonika braced herself for dismissal. Yet, despite that missing puzzle piece, Sonika was invited to a spot in the top twenty-four.
To earn herself a position in the top fourteen contestants, Sonika Vaid performed a deeply emotional rendition of “I Surrender” by Celine Dion. This was a repeat performance; she previously sang the solo during her progression to the top twenty-four. Although her original performance was deemed lackluster, her second attempt was vastly improved. She tapped into the emotional power of the song and belted the chorus without hesitation. She swayed the crowd and judges with a beautifully extended final note. “That was crazy,” praised judge Jennifer Lopez, “you have a full-package voice.”
Sonika isn’t limited to lyrics about love affairs, however. To hallmark her progression into the top ten contestants, Sonika belted an emotive classic: “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence. Accompanied by a slew of background singers, Sonika belted every note. She once again channeled her emotions into a heartfelt performance. She was awarded unyielding applause. “Baby, you’re dangerous,” shouted Jennifer Lopez, “you can start coming into your own and believing in yourself.” Guest judge Kelly Clarkson praised Sonika’s flawless pitch. Sonika easily won herself a shot in the top ten.
To earn her position in the top eight, Sonika Vaid temporarily transformed into a contemporary pop starlet. Clad in glitzy gold and ripped skinny jeans, Sonika emerged on stage to sing a rendition of “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. “You’re going to see a side of Sonika that’s kind of an angry girlfriend,” Vaid stated prior to her performance, “I’ve never had a boyfriend — but I’m going to be an angry girlfriend.”
Sonika engaged the crowd throughout her rendition; for the first time, she was demonstrating desirable showmanship that complemented her powerful vocals. The majority of criticism from the judges was directed towards Sonika’s presentation and composition rather than her voice. “The band could’ve provided a big ‘boom’ before the hook,” said one judge. Another, Jennifer Lopez, constructively criticised her investment in her character. “You have to get lost in the character,” she said, “there were times when you were happy and smiling, and that’s when I really felt it.”
Sonika Vaid possesses a powerful and versatile voice that renders her a fearsome opponent for the other contestants. Unfortunately for her, she also has her share of drawbacks. While Sonika has mastered her voice and routinely produces excellent vocals, her performances lack the “je ne sais quoi” commonly referred to in the business as “star quality”. She can’t carry a performance on her voice alone; she needs to gesticulate and project the lyrics of her songs. The judges said as much in her top eight verdict — Sonika’s voice is superb, but her showmanship could use work. She steadily improved, however, throughout the competition.