Swimming with the Blowfish: Hootie, Healing, and One Hell of a Ride

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About the Author

Hootie & the Blowfish drummer Jim "Soni" Sonefeld dreamt more of being a professional soccer player than a successful musician. But with the unsuspected success of the band's 1994 debut release, Cracked Rear View, he and his bandmates found themselves traveling the world to support what would become the 16th best-selling album of all time in the United States. The band would record four more studio albums and receive numerous awards, among them, two Grammys. During this era, Sonefeld's lines of truth became blurred, and his addictions began to take over his life as he relied heavily on drugs and alcohol to cope with the emptiness growing inside of him. In 2004 Sonefeld finally accepted that he was powerless over drugs and alcohol and that his life had become entirely unmanageable. In sobriety Sonefeld discovered that God would heal him if he turned his life over to His care.

Since then, a full spiritual awakening led to a complete lifestyle change and inspired Sonefeld to follow a new path of clarity, and nothing was clearer to him than God's calling to recreate himself as a Contemporary Christian artist. He also helps others in recovery by sharing his story and his music with Celebrate Recovery groups around the United States.

Darius Rucker is a three-time GRAMMY award-winning American singer, guitarist and songwriter. He first achieved multi-platinum status as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, selling more than 25 million albums worldwide, including their Double-Diamond-certified debut cracked rear view, which remains among the top 10 best selling studio albums of all time. Since the release of his first Country album in 2008 via Capitol Records Nashville, Rucker has earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on Billboard's Country chart plus 10 No. 1 singles at Country radio including Diamond-certified hit "Wagon Wheel," one of the top 10 Country songs of all time. Annually, Rucker lends his time and voice to St. Jude Children's Hospital, MUSC, the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation and others to raise money for charitable causes close to his heart.


"We loved, fought, cried, laughed a lot, and did whatever it took to play the music that we knew was very distinctly ours. . .Jim Soni Sonefeld has lived a life that is rife with fun and pain, light and darkness, but always with an amazing amount of love. The way he sees the world is one of a kind and his story is one for the ages.--from the Foreword by Darius Rucker

"I've truly relished hanging out with the fun-loving, mischievous Soni through the years, but this book exposes a more deeply-rooted, impassioned side he didn't always show. He captures the spirit of the surreal and sometimes unsettling life behind the scenes of one of my favorite bands, sincerely revealing that he is as fragile as the rest of us. It's an eloquent yet humbling example of a lesson we can all learn from--that no degree of fame or fortune leaves us immune to experiencing pain, powerlessness, and regret."

--Dan Patrick, broadcaster and host of The Dan Patrick Show

Sonefeld details his rollercoaster ride through rock and roll, addiction and sobriety with searing honesty and grace.

--Radney Foster, singer-songwriter of Foster & Lloyd and author of For You To See The Stars

From the moment we crossed paths it was clear to me that Jim is more than the drums, more than the band, and more than the music. Highs and lows, good and bad, pretty and ugly . . . he's gone through it all. This is a great peek into an amazing trip through a rock 'n' roll life--and beyond. Like a good snare drum, it's crisp, memorable, and it packs a punch."

--Alexi Lalas, journalist, retired professional soccer player, singer/songwriter

"It's easy to forget how many lives one person can live. I've known Soni for close to thirty years and it's a great gift to have this window into the details and inner world of his unique journey."

--Glen Phillips, lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket