Sonia Rao

Sonia Rao

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

FACTS ABOUT SONIA RAO:

1. 2013 NBC's The Voice (Finalist)
2. BMI's Spotlight Indie Artist
3. Songs featured on MTV, VH1, ABC, and E! Network on such shows as Catfish, The Jersey Shore, The Vineyard, and several others.
4. Classically trained on the piano and violin
5. UC Berkley Grad

Biography

FACTS ABOUT SONIA RAO:

1. 2013 NBC's The Voice (Finalist)
2. BMI's Spotlight Indie Artist
3. Songs featured on MTV, VH1, ABC, and E! Network on such shows as Catfish, The Jersey Shore, The Vineyard, and several others.
4. Classically trained on the piano and violin
5. UC Berkley Grad
6. Plays covers as well as acoustic guitar & piano!

There’s something charming about Sonia Rao, the Los Angeles based indie pop singer/songwriter who’s received praise from CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera on the purity and soulfulness of her voice. She didn’t grow up with dreams of becoming a pop star nor a TV star, and unlike many of her peers, she didn’t go to college to pursue music. As the daughter of Indian American immigrants, Sonia was classically trained on violin at age five and piano at age seven, but encouraged to seek a career outside of music. She went to UC Berkeley to study Psychology and didn’t write a single song until after graduating.

Sonia’s college boyfriend unexpectedly passed away and to process his death she found herself writing song after song. These songs would later become her debut full-length album, Calm Her, released independently in 2011. Sonia wrote the songs to her forthcoming five-song EP, Los Angeles Part 1, alone on guitar or piano. She then brought the songs to Evan Hillhouse, who added drums, guitar, bass and keyboard. All songs were produced, engineered and mastered by Josh Doyle at 3 Theory Productions in Van Nuys, CA, except for “Los Angeles,” which was engineered by Kurt Piar at Proving Ground Studios in LA. Sonia’s sophomore album, Los Angeles Part 1, will independently release on September 17, 2013.

Los Angeles Part I is an album for anyone in transition, be it between loves, cities, careers, homes, or even those on the verge of truly knowing themselves. The EP was written over the last two years, during Rao’s self-proclaimed “epitome of new beginnings and transition.” She moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, challenged her Indian American family’s expectations for a career in medicine or law, fell in love, fell into LA’s tumultuous love-hate cycle, and was tossed into the reality TV experience with an appearance on Season 1 of NBC’s The Voice. In that time Rao has also performed duets with some of her favorite artists growing up, including Daniel Bedingfield and Elliott Yamin, and VH1, ABC, MTV and E! featured her music on their TV shows including Jersey Shore, The Vineyard, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Underemployed, Married to a…, and Married to Jonas. BMI also featured Sonia in their “Indie Spotlight” in July.

Suffice to say, since the 2011 release of Calm Her, Sonia Rao has had plenty of time and experiences to approach her piano with a fresh mind and hands.

Lyrics

You Say I

Written By: Sonia Rao

You say I don't speak the truth
You say I don't care for you
You say I don't know myself like you

You say I am too afraid
To live by the words I say
That I am more ideals than action

You say I talk too loud
That I'm hiding behind sound
That the thoughts I call my own are from without

So what if it's true
So what if it's true

You called me ugly I believed you
You made me feel like I was beneath you
You broke me down till I was nothing but air

You say I can write my songs
I can sing them all night long
Till my face turns blue this earth still burns

You remind me of its pain
Of my indifference you're ashamed
How I can write my silly songs and still
Look you in the eye

So what if they're true
So what if they're true

You called me ugly I believed you
You made me feel like I was beneath you
You broke me down till I was nothing but air

You called me empty I believed you
You made me crawl out from underneath you
You broke me down till I was nothing but air

And though I know flawed as I may be
I know it's you, you who are unhappy
This morning while the coffee brewed
I made plans to leave you
And all at once, I felt lighter than air

Baby it's true
Baby it's true

You called me ugly I believed you
You made me feel like I was beneath you
You broke me down till I was nothing but air

You called me empty I believed you
You made me crawl out from underneath you
You broke me down till I was nothing but air
You broke me down till I was nothing but air
Now I feel like I am walking on air

Little Blue Room

Written By: Sonia Rao

Don't come too close
Don't say a word
Nothing you say
Will get through to this girl

All of these years I've avoided love
For bigger things I've been dreaming of
I've had my fun
When it's all said and done

You came along with your quiet ways
We'd call in sick and live our days
I made room for you
Isn't that truth

Come now my love
Time's up now for us
You can't say that you're surprised
I'll wish that I didn't leave
I won't sleep for weeks
But it is worse to stay

Here's to your new life, I'll send you on your way

I've kissed your mouth and I know your skin
Folded the sheets that we slept in
We were gold my love but we messed it up

I've had the closest of all the views
But I've never felt so far from you
We used to write
Our way through the night

Come now my love
Time's up now for us
You can't say that you're surprised
I'll wish that I didn't leave
I won't sleep for weeks
But it is worse to stay

Here's to your new life, I'll send you on your way

You will move on
A pretty girl will come along
I'll paint it red
Our little blue room with words above the bed

Come now my love
Time's up now for us
You can't say that you're surprised
I'll wish that I didn't leave
I won't sleep for weeks
But it is worse to stay

Here's to your new life, I'll send you on your way

The Greatest

Written By: Sonia Rao

Lyrics:
Let me tell you something

Not going be easy

All the things you hoped for

You wont find them in me

We can yell for hours

Drown the other out

He who yells the loudest

Wins, tall and proud

Don’t you know who I am

Don’t you think that I want

A house and family

To call my own

I get so damn tired

Living this way

It takes all I have

To not give in

And stay

You go be the greatest

I will be right here

Traveling down a path

That’s soon to appear

Blind I am and blind we all are

Feigning to know under these stars

You know how to love me

You know how to make me smile

You know how to crush me

Though it’s been a while

It’s all coming back now

I can barely move

All in phone call

I’ve lost me

You go be the greatest

I will be right here

Traveling down a path

That’s soon to appear

Blind I am and blind we all are

Feigning to know under these stars

I won’t be the one who’s bitter

Condescend all that you’d like

I’m just trying to find

My place in time

Taking in it

With these two eyes

It’s all that I have

I don’t ask more from you

Let's Hate LA Together

Written By: Sonia Rao

I almost gave it up for you
I almost gave it all to you
All of my dreams
And all of the things that make me me

I almost packed up all my clothes
Almost drove to San Francisco
Back to my home
Back to my job, back to you

I still wonder every day
What I’m missing, should I stay
I know I told you not to move
But I realize I’m missing you

Come down, come down
To the sunny weather
Come down, come down
Let’s hate LA together
I love you honey I don’t wanna sing
If you’re not here listening

Come down, down come down
To the sunny weather
Come down, come down
Let’s hate LA together
I love you honey I don’t wanna sing
If you’re not here listening

Falling for my best friend’s guy
Quitting my job so that I
Could buy a guitar, pack up my car
Chase a song

Now let’s talk about cliché
Is there one that I haven’t named?
This year’s been a mess
But I’ve found happiness in you

I’ve found some little spots you’d like
Away from traffic and all the lights
Mapping this city for two
Makes no sense without you

Come down, come down
To the sunny weather
Come down, come down
Let’s hate LA together
I love you honey I don’t wanna sing
If you’re not here listening

Come down, down come down
To the sunny weather
Come down, come down
Let’s hate LA together
I love you honey I don’t wanna sing
If you’re not here listening

Los Angeles

Written By: Sonia Rao

Come on honey sing a song
Show me what you got, I’ll play along
You know you got a lovely voice
And I think you’ve made the right choice

How I love your innocence
Your sincerity, your pure intent
Oh yes I agree
How very very sad it is, this industry

So keep on rockin me baby
Sing that lovely song
Sing it straight from your heart and pull me along
Into your story, I’ve seem to lost my own

Did you come here all alone?
Free spirited, that open road
How I know your story well
But I’m sure you’re different, so please pray tell

Let me buy you a drink
It’ll ease your mind, it’ll help you think
You’ve got someone in your eyes
Are you missing him, that lover you left behind

So keep on rockin me baby
Sing that lovely song
Sing it straight from your heart and pull me along
Into your story, I’ve seem to lost my own

Welcome to Los Angeles
Give me your dreams, I’ll put you on the list
Welcome to Los Angeles
Give me your dreams, I’ll put you on the list
Welcome to Los Angeles
Give me your dreams, I’ll put you on the list
God you’re greener than a baby
But let me tell you, that’s gonna get you far

So keep on rockin me baby
Sing that lovely song
Sing it straight from your heart and pull me along
Into your story, I’ve seem to lost my own

Discography

2013
'You Say I' - Single (radio airplay)
'Los Angeles - Part 1' - Album

2011
'In My Room' - Single
'Calm Her' - Album (radio airplay)

Set List

Stage
Stool
Acoustic Guitar Set Up
Sound System

- Performs popular cover and original songs