Sophie Simonds (presented by 7 Star Arts)
Entry Requirements: Under 18s to be accompanied by an appropriate adult
Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Sophie Simonds has been a performer since a young age. Now 23 years old she can be found performing her blues - rock inspired original music around the UK, live on stage with her saxophone in tow! “I always say, if you want to know what kind of music I’m trying to make, imagine Pink, Freddie Mercury, Amy Winehouse, Gregory Porter and Elvis Presley, all had a baby together, that love child is my music”. Sophie performs at major venues across London and the UK, playing her original songs with her incredible backing band. Sophie draws inspiration from the likes of Gregory Porter, Pink, Amy Winehouse and Bishop Briggs, with a backing of old school jazz influences like Muddy Waters and Miles Davis, and artists like Otis Redding and Tracy Chapman. Sophie writes mostly Blues, Rock and Neo-Soul, but being a saxophonist at heart, Sophie always finds a way to fit in a Blues riff, and a saxophone solo or two! Tickets £11 in advance & £14 on the door
Sophie Simonds has been a musician all her life, playing seven instruments by the time she applied to senior school, she attended Latymer Upper School with a full music scholarship. While studying for GCSE’s, Sophie achieved Grade 8 Jazz Saxophone and Grade 8 Violin, within weeks of each other, and went on to start working as a session saxophonist at the age of 18. Since leaving school, Sophie went on to sign a development contract with The Foundry Studio, Sheffield, under Soundbytes Media. Here, she wrote her album, for which final edits are being recorded now. Sophie can now be found most weeks, performing across London and the UK, with her incredible backing band, playing her original songs, in such incredible venues as The Fiddlers Elbow, The Half Moon, Putney, and The Bedford.