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"Sofia J- I Love This Girl's Voice!"

Sofia J – I Love This Girl’s Voice!
by Joi on October 29, 2008

Have you ever seen Made on MTV? The girl who sings the title song, Sofia J, has a new cd out (as well as songs to download).
Her music has also been featured on Gossip Girl. How cool’s that?

Click HERE to read a review of Sofia J and to listen to a video. Her voice and her songs are absolutely amazing. - Strike A Chord-Music Blog


"eSpot Feature Music Artist of the Week"

Sofia J – eSpot Feature Music Artist of the Week
5 Questions with Sofia J
By Shelia M. Goss
How would you categorize your music?
I would categorize my music as Positive, Peppy, Pop.
Describe yourself in 3 words or less.
Friendly, Spunky and Italian!
If your life was a reality show, what would be the title of it and why?
My reality show would be called “Music Buisiness 101?, because I am trying to promote my positive music, and mainstream it into the pop music world!
What was the last good movie you saw?
The last good movie I saw would be Juno.
Pick three songs from your CD and tell me about them.
“A Taste (The La La Song)”- This is a song about being in love, it’s fun, infectious, and has been featured on shows like “Gossip Girl and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” You won’t be able to get the hook out of your head!
“Happy To Be Me”- I wrote this song because there are so many women who have issues with themselves, including myself- and this song gives you the message that you should be happy to be you, and happy with what you have, as opposed to what you don’t have.
“Back in Time”- This song was written while my friend was going through a divorce. It shows the heartache within a broken relationship, and the aftermath of losing love. This is something that lots a people can relate to, whether its a breakup, or even a divorce- so I wrote this song with those emotions in mind.
Sofia J’s positive, peppy pop can be heard on MTV’S MADE theme song, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill & The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Be sure to visit Sofia J online and check out her music:
www.sofiaj.com
www.myspace.com/sofiajmusic
Interview by Shelia M. Goss – entertainment writer and national best-selling author of Double Platinum, My Invisible Husband, Roses are thorns, Paige’s Web and His Invisible Wife. For more info, visit www.sheliagoss.com. - espot. wordress


"Queens Roots Show in Sofia J's Music"

Queens Roots Show In Sofia J's Music

New York native singersongwriter Sofia J.
A native of Queens has returned to the borough where she was born and spent the first 15 years of her life, and is filling the air with song. Born in Brooklyn, Sofia J grew up in Middle Village, Glendale and Maspeth, attended P.S. 91, Glendale, the Louis Armstrong J.H.S. 22 and Christ the King H.S. Her second-story apartment window was her impromptu stage. With a karaoke machine and a microphone she performed renditions of Aretha Franklin, Madonna and Mariah Carey to passersby. She left the borough to attend college in Nashville, Tennessee, but returned to Queens two years ago, where she lived in Sunnyside for a year.

She recently released a new CD entitled "Happy To Be Me". Her song ""Do You Believe In Me Now" is the theme for MTV's MADE and her music has been featured n the CW's "Gossip Girl" and "One Tree Hill". Six of her songs were placed in the first several episodes of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" on the ABC Family channel. She has performed for audiences that now add up to hundreds of thousands of people in 35 states. She received an extremely rare standing ovation for her performance of the National Anthem in Madison Square Garden. She is a songwriter as well as a singer and is a recipient of the SESAC Abe Oleman scholarship for excellence in songwriting. She also has an international Gold Record to her credit.

Sofia J's Queens roots have influenced her positive, peppy pop style aimed mainly at the 18-to-35 female demographic, but with appeal to men and women of all ages, in a number of different ways. Her father was a postal worker and her mother a physical therapist. When the family was forced to apply for Food Stamps at one point, "It lit a fire in me," she said. "People say 'Wow, you're from New York' and it's nice," she said. "But when people know you grew up in New York it can make things a little tougher, too."

One thing that makes things a little tougher, she said, is the artificial aspect of some products of the music industry. "I love music, but I hate the music business," she said. "The unreal aspect of the industry takes over some times. But I find that people still want something real. I want to give them that something real."

Sofia J will demonstrate that "something real" when she performs at the Lupus Foundation Walk at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan on October 11. For a sample, visit www.myspace.com/sofiajmusi c or www.sofiaj.com. - Queens Gazette Newspaper


"La La La...Meet Sofia J"

la la la ... meet sofia j
Posted Tue, 09/23/2008 The Secret Life...

If you're a fan of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," you definitely know Sofia J's music. Now you can get to know Sofia herself. We loved her song on "Secret Life" so much, we were stoked when we got a chance to ask her some questions. Here's what she told us ... .

ABC Family: Your music has been featured on many TV shows, including, of course, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." How do you think this TV exposure has affected your fan base or your success?

Sofia J: Since "Secret Life" is such a huge hit, I’ve gotten a lot of exposure and a lot of new fans! It's also energized my existing fan base as well. This is especially true since my music played for the last several minutes of Episode 1, including Ben and Amy’s first dance to my song “A Taste (The La-La Song)." I was really happy my song was chosen for their first special moment!

ABC Family: When you're writing, do you ever think about where the song might end up -- TV, commercials, movies?

Sofia J: Not really, I just try to write great songs with themes that regular people can relate to -- and thankfully, my music has found its way into the top shows on TV. Now that you mention it, I actually have been thinking of writing a special song for "The Secret Life" season 2, so you never know ... .

ABC Family: You were born in New York, but moved to Nashville to pursue your singing career. Was that a big change for you? Why did you decide to return to NYC?

Sofia J: I loved living in the South. The Southern hospitality really meant a lot to me, because I'm extremely hospitable myself. So even though I’m a NYC girl all the way -- I fit in very well down there. As far as moving back to NYC, I just felt it was time. I signed a big record deal in Nashville and had success there, but it wasn’t home. I love the energy in NYC, and I’m a big city girl all the way. Also, being around different cultures is something I truly missed, especially the different kinds of foods -- I’m a “foodie.”

ABC Family: Your songs are wonderfully upbeat. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Sofia J: I went through a rough patch of depression recently. So I forced myself to start listening to positive music, positive sermons, read self-help books, and exercise daily. Basically anything “happy” I could get my hands on, I was into it! So actually I wrote the songs to encourage myself, and I’m glad that they are now encouraging many others. I also made it my rule that I listen to one song off my own CD each day to remind myself to be “Happy to Be Me”! This helps to remind me to be positive and peppy -- just like my music!

ABC Family: You just released your album “Happy to Be Me” this fall. Any new projects in the works?

Sofia J: Actually, I've had requests from Italy to record some of my songs in Italian -- especially “A Taste (The La La Song)." And since I’m half-Italian and I speak Italian, I’m going to do it -- I’m really excited about it. I also have some TV projects in the works where I’m appearing on shows, so that will be fun too.

ABC Family: Besides collaborating with producer Jay Napoleon Lyons, is there anybody else you'd like to work with or are excited about working with?

Sofia J: Two producers I love are Ne-Yo and will.i.am. I'm also super excited about a growing professional relationship with Bryan-Michael Cox, who's written and produced top hits for Usher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and Chris Brown.

ABC Family: Which other artist would you like to collaborate with?

Sofia J: I'd love to do duets with Michael Buble, Dean Martin (via hologram), and Maroon 5.

ABC Family: How do you see your music evolving or changing in the future?

Sofia J: I tend to write autobiographical songs, so all the songs have personal meanings to my life. So it’s hard to say what I'll write about next, because I don’t know what will happen next in my life! But I’ve always wanted to write a song about food -- I really love food. I think I already said that, but that’s okay, 'cause it’s worth repeating
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Discography

Happy To Be Me-2008
You Gotta Know Me -March 2006

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Sofia's music is refreshingly upbeat, playful yet soulful.
She is a crowd pleaser and her charismatic, warm persona plays well with many different audiences!

SOFIA J is happy to be releasing her first solo pop project with some help from some talented friends in the industry..Dan Muckala-, (Jordin Sparks, Backstreet Boys) Jay "Napoleon" Lyons-(MTV's MADE)
Jrock- (Lauren Hill), con?one.. ( G-Unit)

Sofia J is a former member of the
group "foreverafter" on Word/Epic records