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Interview with Sofia Evangelina

Sofia Evangelina is a budding pop singer-songwriter from Canada. With an abundance of confidence, astonishing natural talent, and a ‘powerhouse’ voice, Sofia exceeds all expectations of such a young artist. From the melodic Castle on the Cloud (Les Misérables ) to emerging Hanna Montana, Sofia started to sing to everything music and her first singing teacher made notice of her “distinctively jazzy voice”. She won several National talent competition awards ever since, such as Canada’s National “Overall Talent Awards”  at Talent INC 2014, Canada TeenFest, The Mics, and many others and has appeared at various festivals. Now the aspiring pop princess is on course to releasing her magical debut album produced by Bryant Olender of COM Studio, Vancouver BC, who worked with Michael Bublė. Interweaving elements of R&B, soul, gospel, and pop, her forthcoming releases are a collection of covers and originals showcasing her vocal ranges and newly found passion for songwriting.

1. For the people who might not know you, could you introduce yourself?

Hello World! My name is Sofia Evangelina! I am a Canadian young teen award winning RnB/Pop singer-songwriter. I’m on my journey towards changing the world with my music and with what I stand up for as an artist.

2. When did you know you wanted to become a musician?

It was definitely no secret to anyone in my family that I was born to be an entertainer and performer, “I have fallen for music since day one. I can just remember hearing and seeing music everywhere as if it followed me. No matter where I went, I felt rhythm and a beat”. I began singing at age 5 when I took classes along with acting and modeling, but no one had thought anything of it just yet, I sang cutely but as every little girl did.  No one would think I would become a musician. At that time I actually put my focus on – believe or not – on my competitive sporting (that’s another story, another interview 😉 And the singing was a hobby. After my new vocal lessons at 7, my teacher told my parents that
I had a “jazzy” voice, which at the time I was very argumentative about, I just wanted to be a pop star, duh! My mom introduced me to The Phantom of the Opera, taking me to Vegas to see the show. I was mesmerized so I went through a little opera phase. But my music evolution was only getting started, next my mom introduced me to the greatest of blues and jazz and next Motown, and boy I fell in love, the old school divas had me shook. But the big bang to my music soul, what truly sparked the flame to my core, was when my mom got us the movie Burlesque. Once Christina started singing that was it. Game over. I knew that whatever it was that she was doing was electrifying me, and I wanted to do that, I wanted to sing with such expression and emotion and passion. I knew that that was what I wanted and I wanted to do it for the rest of my life.

3. What does music mean to you?

 Music is simply my world. No matter how many times I try, I can’t find the words to describe what music does to me. When I was very little, I used to say, music paralyzes me (for the lack of a better word at 4) Now can say, it inspires me, it uplifts me when I’m down, it heals every wound when I feel broken, it makes me feel absolutely crazy in love, sometimes all I want to do is dance like crazy and move my body and sometimes it makes me feel passionate or rebellious, and the list goes on. I don’t know what to call all of that. Magic? And I feel honored to realize that I am capable to let people feel those things too, with my music.

4. Where do you draw inspiration from?

I know I’m young, but it always freaks me out (in an amazing way) to think about what a crazy big life I have already lived. My past is filled with so many experiences, people, successes, joys, tears, hardships and discoveries and what’s more crazy is that I’m only getting started and every day excites to live and experience the life in all spectrum even more. The passion and experiences are now coming out through my songwriting. I am a lover of life and I am so inspired by the world around me. In times of hardship I draw inspiration from my mom who is my best friend, she is so strong and stoic and she mesmerizes me. I feel so blessed to have her be with me and guide me and teach me, and sometimes give me a good kick in ‘the tush’ when I need it.

5. What are some of your favorite songs or albums?

This is gonna be darn hard, I love so many songs. I really love Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor”, “Independent Women” and “Say My Name” (“Writing On The Wall” was a freaking amazing album too). I love Christina Aguilera’s “Stripped” album, with one of my fave performance songs “Walk Away” which is the most stunning, emotional song, yet it is so underrated. I basically love all of Christina’s songs, but another fave must be “Fighter”. I really love old school hip hop, really hits my spot! I love NWA’s Straight Outta Compton” and “Express Yourself” Dre’s “2001” album was insane, such a vibe, and I really love old Eminem, especially “Lose Yourself” hands down my fave. Hey! I’ve been bopping to “Old Time Road” who hasn’t dude! I am really been into Post Malone, I especially like “Better Now” and “Rockstar” and Khaled and so many others are dropping fire too. I feel like I could go on forever, but let’s save part 2 for next time

6. Who are some people that you admire and why do you admire them?

I admire my mom every day, for countless reasons, look up to in so many ways, astoundingly so because she is so strong, truly my lioness. I love Christina Aguilera she is my idol. I admire her dynamite vocals and big powerful personality that exudes such empowerment to girls and women globally. My new admiration is Diane Warren, whom I’ve only recently discovered. She is a legendary songwriter that I look up to and dream to collaborate with. That woman mesmerizes me, such an authentic, down to the earth, true to the core artist. For who she is, she is so darn humble and real. And she “comes with” an uber special cat that is hard not to admire too.

7. What is your biggest accomplishment to this day?

I am very humbled and honored to be a winner of multiple awards but the most prominent accomplishment to date was my recent winning at the 2019 Young Artist Awards, in the “Best Album” category. I am beyond grateful to the Academy members for voting for me, and to be amongst so many other talented youths, other Academy members. The win was a magnificent catapult into the next level of success I feel more responsible for.

8. Who would you love to do a song with?

Wow, it’s such a cool world in the music scene right now, there are so many artists that I would love to collab with, hope they are ready for me! 🙂 It would be rad to collab with Post Malone, Khaled, Mark Ronson, Future, A$AP Rocky and J. Cole. To name a few…

9. What do you hope to achieve through your music?

Since I was very little I knew that I wanted to change the world, as I grew it began to feel less like a fantasy but more profoundly like a responsibility, a mission that I felt dedicated to. I aimed to impact the lives of others and aspire to inspire them to live their dreams and speak their truth. Ever since I discovered what music was, I’ve believed that it is the strongest form of art that impacts each and every human on this planet. Sometimes it feels like music is magic, and I feel I am developing my superpower to contribute to that magic.

10. What is the best thing about being a musician?

The best part of being a musician I think is to be able to use your truest, most vulnerable and electric emotions and out of it, create art that speaks its universal language to the hearts of others.

11. What are some causes that are dear to your heart and why?

Since I was little I dreamed of having my own two different charities. And that dream is actually beginning to come to fruition. What are they?

1) I really adore animals. Traveling the world, I came across the issues of endangerment of more and more species. As well as the life-threatening effect humans are creating upon many different ecosystems. I felt compelled to look out for those vulnerable live beings that hold such a special and important place in the world, yet don’t have the voice to speak for themselves, and I hope I can do something to make changes.
2) I stand for youth and specifically female empowerment. I wish to inspire more self-love and self-confidence. I want people to know that they are so special to this world, so
deserving and I want them to know that they can harness all the power to live the life of their dreams. I know self-esteem is a topic sometimes hard to talk about but that’s why it’s so important, especially in the world that we live in today. We all face hard times and moments of weakness or self-doubt, I surely know that I have too, and I probably wrote some songs about it and then grew from it. I want to guide my audience through that exciting journey and organize campaign events for youth to learn how to overcome doubts, self-hatred and live life on their own terms.

12.  Do you have anything to say to your supporters?

To my mom, my dad, and truly my whole family, you mean the world to me, your belief in me gives me wings. I’m also so grateful for my friends, my professional support team and my fans who believed in me from day one and have never looked back since it means so much. And thanks to you for the interview!

Thank you so much to Sofia for the lovely interview. You can find out more about her and her work on:

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