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Hootie drummer returns to share recovery story in Sumter

BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com
Posted 1/11/20

As the calendar turns, many people try to start January with New Year's resolutions to improve certain aspects of life, and a local 12-step recovery group thinks a former pop-rocker's story could inspire many.

Hootie & the Blowfish drummer Jim …

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Hootie drummer returns to share recovery story in Sumter

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As the calendar turns, many people try to start January with New Year's resolutions to improve certain aspects of life, and a local 12-step recovery group thinks a former pop-rocker's story could inspire many.

Hootie & the Blowfish drummer Jim Sonefeld will share his Christian testimony and music on Friday during a visit to a faith-based Celebrate Recovery group's weekly meeting, according to the ministry program leader.

John Sellar has been a part of the Celebrate Recovery chapter associated with Salt and Light Church, 360 Miller Road, for about a decade and spoke recently on Sonefeld's upcoming visit.

Fame and fortune led to alcohol and drug addiction for the hit band's drummer in the early 2000s. In an interview last year with Cornerstone of Recovery, Sonefeld said he stopped drinking in 2005 but didn't find effective healing until a few years later with a Celebrate Recovery group. It was there, Sonefeld said, he began to grasp there was a spiritual aspect to true recovery.

"Life wasn't like that before, and I couldn't [previously] accept that things might not work out the way I wanted," he told Cornerstone. "Today, I can accept that things might not work out, and I just didn't think that way before. Recovery shows me and allows me to accept that I'm human."

The musician speaks regularly across the state at chapter meetings and usually visits Salt and Light each December, Sellar said, but the band released a new album in 2019 and had its first official tour in 12 years. The tour delayed Sonefeld's visit until now.

Sonefeld says the 44-city tour went very well, according to Sellar. The two have become friends through the years.

At the meetings, Sonefeld shares his testimony and music, often singing Christian songs, Sellar added.

"He writes Christian rock, really, and he does that," Sellar said. "He will throw in a Hootie song or two, as well."

Sonefeld will talk and sing from 7 to 8 p.m. at the church. The chapter has dinner at 6:15 p.m., and it will be at no charge to anyone in attendance that night, Sellar said.

In his visits, Sonefeld typically stays afterward if people want to buy a CD, take a picture, or get a signature, Sellar added.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: Celebrate Recovery meeting featuring Jim Sonefeld

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.; Dinner at 6:15 p.m. (no charge)

WHERE: Salt and Light Church, 360 Miller Road