“I want to make an impact, I want to make a difference,” Jessica Sonner sings on the title track of her first album, All We Need. At this point in her young career as a singer-songwriter, Sonner is a little bit of everything. And on All We Need, all the goods are on display, and with good reason. Sonner excels at everything she flashes her listeners, whether it be the strong pop rock of the title track and “Be With Me,” the country rock happiness of “Forget You,” or the tender acoustic “Just You.” And with a voice that echoes the best of Sheryl Crow, Fiona Apple, and Over the Rhine’s Karin Bergquist, she seems to have it all.
But let’s be honest, Sonner does find herself in a field flooded with many talents, and will face the challenge of building a bigger audience. The good news is that All We Need is up to the task, very capable of establishing Sonner as a gifted songwriter, having the potential to catapult her into larger venues across the nation. For a burgeoning talent like Jessica Sonner, let’s hope her voice doesn’t fade away anytime soon.