16-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter SOPHIE ROSE Discusses Her Biggest Inspirations and More!
Posted On 07 Oct 2016
Sophie Rose is a 16-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer signed to a publishing joint venture between Ester Dean and Dr. Luke’s Prescription Songs.
As an aspiring recording artist, Sophie has already written over 300 songs and she describes her musical style as “edgy pop with a touch of Princess”. Singer/Songwriter Ester Dean was just featured in an online Cosmopolitan article which included a photo of Sophie Rose creating music from Ester’s Instagram.
Sophie began writing songs at age 9, deeply inspired by Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. Sophie’s song “Friends Forever” was licensed by MasterCard for their Stand Up To Cancer campaign that aired during the 2015 Major League Baseball season on ESPN. Sophie’s song “Attention” is the theme song for the new AwesomenessTV original series “Guidance”, airing on go90. Sophie is using her talents to help others by supporting charitable causes including ACT Today! Autism Care and Treatment and the American Red Cross.
Sophie recently released two new songs on her SoundCloud page, “Attention” and “Shadow.” “Attention” is available for free stream and download, and “Shadow” is available for purchase on iTunes.
Her single “Aces High” will be featured on the November 9th and November 30th episodes of NBC’s Empire this Fall, the show known for bringing us chart-topping hits.
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Learn more about Sophie in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! Now that we are entering the fall of 2016, what are some words you would use to describe this year? What have been some of the highlights for you and your music?
This year has been incredibly inspiring. I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a songwriter and artist. I attended my second SOCAN writing camp in Nova Scotia, which was definitely a highlight. I also co-wrote a song called song “Aces High” that will be featured on the upcoming season of Empire this fall.
Growing up, did you all always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
I’ve been singing since before I could talk, and I started writing songs when I was 9 years old. I don’t have a specific earliest musical memory, but for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a pop star.
I’ve read that you have already written over 300 songs! What themes do a lot of them deal with?
I like to write about universal concepts like love and empowerment, but I try to flip them in a way that is fresh and cool. One piece of advice that has always stuck with me is that the key to a great pop song is finding a new way to say “I love you.”
Do you remember the very first song you ever wrote? What was it about? How do you think you have grown as a songwriter since you first started writing them at age 9?
The first song I ever wrote was called “Good Enough,” and it was a love song. I have grown so much since then, in regard to the concepts I write about, my musical style and the overall strength and structure of my songwriting. Practice makes perfect, and I have been constantly working to become the greatest writer I can be.
Can you describe how you go about writing a song? Where do you get the inspiration for them?
Every day is different! Sometimes melodies or concepts will come to me at random times and I’ll stop what I’m doing to finish them, but usually I write in co-writing sessions or I’ll sit down and focus on finishing a song. Inspiration can come from anything. Whether it is my own experiences, things I watch on TV, or what I see scrolling through Tumblr, there are stories and ideas everywhere.
When do you hope to release a full-length album? Is that currently a goal of yours?
I have no idea! Releasing an album is absolutely a goal of mine, but I’m not really focusing on my own artistry right now as much as I am writing for other artists. The greatest thing about writing is that I’m always discovering new parts of myself musically. The more I write, the more I’m figuring out what my sound is as an artist and what I want to say.
What if anything has surprised you about the music industry? What do you think has been your biggest challenge? And what do you think has come really naturally to you?
The music industry is truly full of surprises, and I am still figuring it out! (Laughter) It is hard to single out one biggest challenge, because this business is so incredibly challenging in every way. I have faced many obstacles over the years, but it has shaped who I am today and has made every victory, big or small, mean so much more. Writing has always come naturally to me, and although I have learned a lot and am still learning, I feel like that is the purest part of my work.
Who are some of your favorite artists and what bands continue to inspire you and your music? Who would you love to work with in the future?
Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars have always been some of my favorite artists, and continue to inspire me now. Not only are they amazing artists, but they are also incredible songwriters, which I really admire. There are so many people I want to work with! Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars are definitely on the list, as well as Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Bonnie McKee and Calvin Harris.
When you aren’t performing, working in the studio, what do you like to do for fun? How do you unwind from it all?
I really love hiking, cooking and watching Netflix! I also love hanging out with my friends and playing Cards Against Humanity.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
I like to write about things that I feel and experience. If I connect with a song, I know listeners going through the same experience will connect with it as well. The most beautiful thing about pop music to me is writing a song that people can sing along and dance to that also has meaning. My biggest hope is that someday I can change the world through music. Giving back is extremely important to me, so I hope someday I will be in a position where I can make a difference through my art.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
If there is any aspiring songwriter, artist, producer, etc. reading this who loves music as much as I do, don’t be afraid to chase your dream! Nothing is impossible with hard work and dedication. This business can break your heart, but it can also make you the happiest person alive. I am living proof of that, and I am so incredibly fortunate to be able to wake up every day and do what I love.