Diva

Psalmist, Teacher, and Podcaster in New York

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Pastor Sonja Elise aka "Queen Diva" recently named "Anointed Voice of Change" has a song to sing and a testimony to share for 15 years she has been on an amazing ministerial journey as the Pastor/Psalmist of Divine Voices World Ministries, a music and encouragement ministry, as well as Founder/Executive Consultant of Divine Voices Media, that has led her to counsel and consult an array of clients from Miss New York Plus America Pageant, an up and coming Billboard Magazine Top 15 Gospel charting recording artist in New York City, a multi Emmy award-winning Broadcast Journalist in Houston, and a gracious Bishop in Nigeria. Her incredible "Beauty For Ashes" journey has led her from the Pacific Garden Mission's The Gospel League Home Shelter-Moody College/ Lighthouse Women's Bible Institute (Unshackled Christian Television Theater) in Chicago, IL to singing with multi platinum recording artist and producer Kurt Carr & the Kurt Carr Singers to a psych ward in Houston, TX to the Grace House Women's Shelter (Grace Church) in Austin, TX to Associate Minister at a storefront church in Brooklyn, NY. She is now 2015 Miss New York Plus America Lifetime, 2014 Integrity Beauty Woman of Excellence Lifetime Ambassador Christian Women Network, a Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Advocate. She recently did her encore performance the Off-Broadway Triad Theater to a sold out show to celebrate Phyllis Hyman's 70th Platinum Jubilee Birthday on July 6th, 2019! She debuted on Labor Day 2018 at Feinstein's/54 Below, a Broadway Supper Club, Strength of a Woman: A Phyllis Hyman Tribute Starring Queen Diva. Queen Diva was named "Anointed Voice of Change" at the Farley Productions "Lady of Change Tea" and was inducted 2017 Sigma Alpha Iota Lambda Zeta Chapter at PVAMU, 2015 Willowridge High School Wall of Honor , 2015 National Curves Day Campaign Featured Plus Model, Uplifting Entertainment's (Gospel Music Channel) Most Powerful Voice Contemporary Gospel Nominee, 2013 NYC Jazz Fans Decision Best Female Vocalist Nominee. She is a member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMY's) NY Chapter, ASCAP-Writer & Publisher, National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority Lifetime Member & Toastmasters International.

  • Work
    • Diva's Diamonds
  • Education
    • Rice University
    • Prairie View A&M University
    • Moody Institute with Pacifice Garden Mission
    • Dallas Theological Seminary School in Houston
    • Inspire Women Leadership Institute