Sonja Herholdt Biography: Age, Husband, Career, Albums & Net Worth


Sonja Herholdt (born 1 December 1952) is a South African singer-songwriter and Afrikaner actress. 

Sonja Herholdt

Sonja Herholdt Age

Herholdt was born on December 1st, 1952 in Nigel, Gauteng, South Africa. She is 71 years old as of 2023 and celebrates her birthday on December 1st every year.

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Sonja Herholdt Education

She attended the Afrikaans-medium Tini Vorster Primary and John Vorster High School where she became Head Girl in both and followed her theatrical pursuits.

She later obtained a diploma cum laude in Teaching after three years at the Johannesburg (Goudstad) College of Education.

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Sonja Herholdt Husband

She gave up teaching to pursue music after meeting her future husband, FC Hamman. The couple married in 1976 and started a family, their youngest son later developed an extreme hearing impairment in 1993.

Herholdt subsequently decided to start a school for hearing and linguistically impaired Afrikaans children, this was housed in the pre-primary section of Bryanston Primary School. This resulted in Herholdt returning to teach for a period of time.

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In 1996, Herholdt was involved in a serious car accident. She and her husband subsequently divorced after 21 years of marriage.

Sonja Herholdt Career

At the age of three made her first singing performance at the local community recreation hall, singing the Afrikaans lullaby Slaap, my Kindjie.

Her breakthrough came when she did a spot on Gwynneth Ashley Robin’s show and was soon asked to record Ek Verlang Na Jou. The single went gold in South Africa, selling over 25 000 copies.

Her subsequent albums and singles earned her similar critical and commercial success. She went on to win a total of eight Sarie awards. In the 1970s and 1980s, she was frequently the best-selling female artist in South Africa.

In 1979, she finally fulfilled her ambition to act by starring in Sing vir die Harlekyn, and winning a Rapport Oscar-Award as Best Female Newcomer.

She later enjoyed music success in Europe, she holds the distinction of being the first ever South African singer to be invited to perform in the Netherlands on their local Television. She recorded her song Oberammergau in Dutch. She also performed in Belgium, pushing Oberammergau into fifth place in the Belgian charts.

In 1989, she performed at the Religious Broadcasting Corporation in Washington, coinciding with the release of her gospel album, The Warrior is a Child.

In 1991, she received an award from the Afrikaans Chamber of Commerce for her services to Afrikaans music.

In 1995, she signed an album contract with BMG Records, enjoying success with the title track of her new BMG compilation, Skipskop. Her 1998 album Ritsel in die Rietbos did not meet critical and commercial expectations. But she rebounded with the critically acclaimed 2000 album, Reconstructing Alice.

In 2002 she developed her own record company, Son Music and released Sonjare, a nostalgic retrospective of her original hits.

Sonja Herholdt Albums

  • Sonja (1976)
  • Sonja Herholdt (1977)
  • On stage/In die kalklig (1978)
  • Waterblommetjies (1978)
  • ‘n Lied vir Kersfees (1979)
  • Harlekyn (Gold) (1979)
  • Grootste Treffers (1980)
  • Waarom Daarom (1981)
  • Reflections (1982)
  • Liefdeslig (1984)
  • Lofsang – Sonja Herholdt en Jan de Wet (1985)
  • Dis net vir jou (1987)
  • Sonja Herholdt sing die Jeugsangbundel (1987)
  • Sonja Herholdt sing die Jeugsangbundel 2 (1988)
  • Tuiskoms (1988)
  • Die Klokkespel ‘Vrede (1989)
  • The Warrior is a Child (1989)
  • ‘n Ster Vanaand (1994)
  • Tuiskoms (1995)
  • More sal die son weer skyn (1996)
  • Ritsel in die Rietbos (1998)
  • Reconstructing Alice (2000)
  • Sonjare
  • 20 Gunsteling treffers
  • Dis Kersfees
  • Sonja Herholdt Skipskop
  • Die mense wat ek liefhet*Gunsteling treffers (1992)
  • Sê die engele moet kyk na my (1994)
  • Die verhale van vrouwees
  • She
  • She The Princess
  • Liefling die movie
  • Pêrels

Sonja Herholdt Net Worth

Herholdt has an estimated net worth of $1 million.



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