P.O.D. Vocalist Celebrated with ‘Sonny Sandoval Day’ in San Diego


Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. performing live at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. is being honored with “Sonny Sandoval Day” – Story by Charles Ken, photo by Anne Erickson

Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. has his own official day, “Sonny Sandoval Day,” in his hometown of San Diego

P.O.D. vocalist Sonny Sandoval is being is honored with his own special day of the year by his hometown. San Diego, California, has officially declared June 23, 2023, as Sonny Sandoval Day. The move is to honor the artist’s 50 years of work in music and philanthropy. Officials announced the day during a city council meeting last week.

A city council representative described Sandoval as “a musician, songwriter, philanthropist, who has never forgotten his roots as a south San Diego native” in a statement. The member added, “His first major label hit was titled ‘Southtown,’ proudly proclaiming his love for the 92154 region. His love for the region didn’t stop there, as he shot the music video showcasing the community of 92154. This ended up becoming an MTV #1 hit.”

Regarding the honor, Sandoval said in a statement, “The possibility of having a Sonny Sandoval Day never crossed my mind, nor did I even think it was possible. I still don’t know how it happened, but I’ll take it! This is probably one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me. I’m overwhelmed by this acknowledgment from the County of San Diego, but more so by the good people that make up this great city.”

As it turns out, June 23 is a special day for Sandoval, even outside of this honor. “The best part about being honored and recognized on the day of June 23? It’s my mother’s birthday,” he said. “I know it means just as much to her as it does to me. Happy birthday, mom!”

Sandoval’s long list of philanthropic work includes co-founding the Whosoevers Movement, an organization dedicated helping to deliver the message of the gospel to young people. He also works with the Youth of the Nation Foundation, which donates to vulnerable young adults. Check out Audio Ink Radio’s video interview with Sandoval, where he talks about the 20th anniversary of P.O.D.’s “Satellite” album, here.

Charles Ken
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