At a young age, Sonny Thurnall began his music career performing for his class. He learned to play the drums in 7th grade and went on to represent his high school in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA). ISSMA offered performance opportunities for students where Sonny helped his high school earn 36 medals, 12 plaques and 13 trophies.
After graduation, Sonny became a backup drummer for Johnny Paycheck and The Roadhouse Band in Mississippi. Much later he returned back to his hometown of Danville, Indiana where he started performing as a vocal artist to full houses at local venues in the Indianapolis area. In 2015, Sonny took 2nd place performing at a Showcase Indy contest.