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“Sophia Fracassi has always turned to music to ride out life’s storms. The Canadian singer-songwriter is just 18 years old, but her voice is calm and confident, indicative of someone who has dedicated her whole life to her art. Taking inspiration from icons she’s long admired, Sophia wrote about what she knew. The intensity of a first love – and the heartbreak that came with it – helped gift her the perspective she is now repurposing in her music as she broaches adulthood and chases her dreams. She is no longer a little girl craving to emulate her peers, nor a teenager helplessly in love. Sophia Fracassi wants to be fully herself, and for her music to be a vessel for the empathy and empowerment she holds so close to her heart”.
When did you know you wanted to be a professional musician?
I wanted to be a lot of things when I was younger, but what I wanted most of all was to sing. I can remember sitting on the floor in my childhood bedroom, picturing myself performing to a full audience. That desire evolved over time as I began songwriting and developing my skills, but there was truly never a time in my life that I did not want to be an artist. Music was one of my first loves.
Are you trained? How did you develop your skills?
I started classical voice training when I was five years old, and continued for eleven years after that. I absolutely loved it. I wrote my first song when I was nine, and primarily taught myself piano by-ear. I see every community theatre production, recital, competition, open mic, etc, that I threw myself into as a stepping stone to where I’m standing now. I’m thankful for it all.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I admire different artists for different reasons. The classic greats, Carole King and Joni Mitchell, for paving the industry way for female singer-songwriters. New favourites with killer production style like Taylor Swift, Maggie Rogers, and so many more. I’m also really inspired by the artists I work side by side with, not just the ones I applaud from afar.
How would you describe your sound?
I always want a track to have certain raw elements like the moment I wrote it, no matter how involved the production style is. My songs are typically piano based, as that is my main instrument and what I write on, and I put a huge focus on lyrics and storytelling. I often write with a specific idea for production in mind, whether it’s a simple, heartfelt ballad, or a fun pop anthem. I am always about how the song makes you feel.
What’s your favourite tune in your repertoire and why?
Currently I’ve been loving “I Lied”, which came out April 1st of this year. This song genuinely means so much to me. I wrote it during a really low point in my mental health last year, and couldn’t have imagined how full circle the lyrics would come until now. I Lied is about being emotionally honest with yourself. You can try to pin all of your problems on other people, events, things, but ultimately, it’s up to you to change. You have to decide when it’s time to get better, which is the choice I had to make when writing this song. I’m in a much happier place now, and I’m really excited for the future.
What can audiences expect from one of your live shows?
I’m so excited to perform more regularly. There is a certain kind of beauty that can only be found when you’re sharing your music face-to-face with the listener. We’re going to sing together, we are going to dance together, maybe we’ll cry together, we are going to feel a lot of feelings together, and it’s going to be so good.
Where can we find your music?
Available on all streaming platforms!
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