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Songtrust Spotlight: Sophia Scott

Sophia Scott may originally hail from Boulder, CO, but the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist found a home in Nashville, TN by continuing a time-honored tradition of storytelling with no shortage of gusto and grit. When it comes to her music, she writes from the heart, shoots from the hip, and holds nothing back. Instead of retreating, she confronts heartbreak head-on and emboldens audiences with the kind of confidence only earned by a lifelong grind.

After a childhood immersed in music, she settled in Los Angeles for six years. She performed around town and even headlined her own residencies. Her cover of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” took off and set the stage for buzzworthy originals such as “Closure.” Breaking through, “Quit” cracked 1 million Spotify streams, while Atwood Magazine raved, “Having grown up on classic rock, R&B, and country/soul, Scott takes care in crafting both the sound and meaning of her songs – never shirking one for another.” She claimed coveted real estate on Spotify’s New Music Friday with “White Fence,” “Drink Too Much Wine,” and “She Ain’t Me.” The latter notably amassed 10.1 million Spotify streams.

Eventually, she picked up and moved to Nashville. Finding a foothold in Music City, she landed a deal with EMPIRE Nashville in 2021. She lent her voice to Iggy Azalea’s “Sex on the Beach” and opened for Jonas Brothers and Kelsea Ballerini.

Known for her soulful storytelling and powerhouse vocals, Sophia Scott is blazing a permanent trail for herself in Nashville and beyond with her newest single “One Of These Days,” available today. "One of These Days" is a deeply personal one for Sophia -- It tells the story of her parent's divorce, then her own first love and heartbreak, and finally dives into her trying to figure out her career, bills, and life as an adult. Hoping that there is resolve at some point and that all the rough things that have happened along the way start to make sense ‘one of these days.’ It becomes a mantra for her whole life essentially. After all, life is about the journey and the lessons learned along that journey.

WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO GET INTO MUSIC?

I had a nanny growing up who was a singer/artist. Her name was Skye and she had one of the most incredible voices I’ve ever heard, not to mention as a human she was just absolutely stunning (still is, we keep in touch). She would sing me “The Little Mermaid” every night before I went to bed. I remember watching her in awe and thinking that she was exactly who I wanted to be when I grew up. She had this magnetic energy about her and she showed me so much music and would talk about songs and lyrics to me like I was her friend and equal, not the little kid she was babysitting. I fell in love with musicians, like the actual people, particularly because of her.  Plus she taught me about rock’n’roll and Madonna and it was all over after that, haha. 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE? HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PHILOSOPHY AND STYLE AS AN ARTIST?

I love the soul and vocal acrobats of R&B music, so I try to channel that with a little country twang and some old-fashioned storytelling. I also love to have my rock’n’roll moments, especially on stage. Always trying to bring an ounce of sass.

WHAT DRIVES YOU TO CREATE, AND HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS FOR YOURSELF IN MUSIC?

There isn’t one thing that drives me to create. There are many factors that spark inspiration for me and keep me going. I think mostly though it’s just living this life and using music as my outlet to share my human experience. Whether it’s to cope with trauma and hardship or to celebrate love and happiness. Success to me is making music that other people can listen to and find recognition in themselves. If I can help even one person feel seen or less alone that’s winning for me.  

THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER, WHO HAS HELPED YOU THE MOST WITH DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT?

There are so many people. It really takes a village and there are so many people to thank. However, one person that I don’t mention enough is my fiancé, Barron Boedecker. He has been by my side through and through, good and bad, and is always the one to talk me out of the darkest moments. He’s never questioned my ability or reason for wanting to do this crazy career and that has been invaluable to me. So thankful for him and his support because I know it’s not always easy to be my partner. 

SOMETIMES BEING IN THIS BUSINESS CAN BE OVERWHELMING. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR MAINTAINING PERSPECTIVE AND NOT SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF? 

It’s so easy to be hard on yourself in this business. You’re constantly being compared and pinned against other people and it can quickly destroy the way you talk about and look at yourself. I would say, be kind to you and remember to pat yourself on the back every so often for what you’re doing. Not everyone has the capacity to take on this kind of career. Plus, it’s special to get to do what you love, not everyone can say that either.

HOW DO YOU THINK THE MUSIC INDUSTRY CAN DEVELOP INTO A MORE EQUITABLE AND INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR WOMEN MUSIC CREATORS? 

Play more women on the radio, add them to more playlists, put more emphasis on women supporting women, highlight new female artists, get males in the industry to vouch and speak out on behalf of women creators. There’s so much we can do.  

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG WOMEN MUSICIANS JUST STARTING THEIR CAREERS, BASED ON WHAT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED?

Know that you are going into this having to work twice as hard. Protect yourself and don’t ever do anything that feels inauthentic or uncomfortable to you. Being yourself and holding on tight to your power is the most important advice I could give. Don’t let anyone take it from you.  

FROM YOUR VIEW, WHAT OTHER KINDS OF MARGINALIZATION AND ERASURE DOES THE MUSIC INDUSTRY NEED TO ENSURE WE DON’T ENACT IN THE NAME OF GENDER EQUALITY? 

Keep progressing and moving forward. Sometimes it feels like we start to get somewhere and then move ten steps backward. If we really want to make a change, I think there are bigger strides to be taken. We can progress in the conversations we are having, and focus more on celebrating the artists in the minority for starters. 

WOMEN ARE BECOMING MORE EMPOWERED, NOT ONLY IN KNOWING THEIR VALUE BUT ALSO IN SETTING BOUNDARIES, GOING AFTER WHAT THEY WANT AND DESERVE, AND LIFTING UP OTHER WOMEN IN THE PROCESS. WHAT MOTTO, AFFIRMATION, OR QUOTE EMPOWERS YOU?  

As women, this career can be more difficult to navigate, but my advice is to go in guns blazing and never take any shit. I heard a quote recently that I love which is, “if they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair”(Shirley Chisholm). 

WHAT DO YOU HAVE COMING UP IN 2022?

I have many exciting things on the horizon. Right now, I am most thrilled about my debut EP coming soon!

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