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We’ve done a series of focus features to find out more about some of BBC Music Introducing In The North-East‘s top tips for 2020. This time it’s the turn of singer-songwriter Sophia

Who are you?
Hello! I’m Sophia.

What is it you do? 
I’m a singer-songwriter!

How long have you been doing it?
 It feels like I have been singing for as long as I can remember, all I ever wanted to do was sing. I started writing poems and stories when I was about 9, I had a bit of a wild imagination growing up! Then I began combining the two and putting my own songs together as I got a bit older. After college I was lucky enough to go to drama school for 3 years in London which I found so tough but it gave me a thick skin. It definitely helped me find out who I was as a person which massively shaped my songwriting. And now I’m here! 

What inspires you?
My inspiration started from my love of music when I was growing up and the artists I played on repeat. I look up to them and still do! I used to put my headphones in and listen to music feeling like certain songs were about my life, it helped me loads and I knew I wanted to do that too. Then I started going to see live music with my friends, it was so much fun, and watching and being in the atmosphere was so inspiring. I have always wanted to be on the stage in one way or another!

Tell us about your music
I would like to think my music centre’s around storytelling and setting a scene through music. Especially recently in my writing I find myself doing this a lot more. I want to make music that listeners can relate to and can help evoke emotions or memories; good, bad, happy, sad and everything in-between! I love lots of layers and harmonies with a melodic pop sound with hints of folk pop too. I’m influenced by so many artists, some being Taylor swift, King Princess, Grace Carter, Maisie Peters, and most recently Novo Amor – his album and the production is literally amazing! 

What have you got coming up in the future?
Lots more music!! There are a number of songs that I can’t wait to get out there, so I have lots to keep busy with. I have just released my most recent single SKIN which I wrote with Alfie Cattell. We have a follow up track that we worked on together too so hopefully that will be out in the world soon! I am working on an EP that I hope to release later this year which I am so excited about, I have met some really amazing creatives along the way that I am so happy to be working with at the moment and they have and will be a massive part of that! I would love nothing more than to do some live shows this year, fingers crossed! If not possible I am sure with the world we live in today there will be some way to do this virtually at some point! 

Where can people find out more about you?
You can find me on instagram Facebook & twitter all under the tag @sophiamusicukk so come say hello and follow me, I would love to have you!

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