Sophie Koh

Sophie Koh

 Victoria, AUS
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Sophie Koh is an independent Pop songstress who transcends genres. "One of the most captivating pop albums of 2012" Stack Mag, Australia. Born in NZ, she spent formative years in Singapore and Darwin. Sophie is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Biography

Sophie Koh is a critically-acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter (pop/folk), born in New Zealand of Chinese Malaysian parents. She spent her formative years in Melbourne, Darwin and Singapore.

Sophie will be embarking on a USA, Canada and China tour in June - August 2013.

- “ One of the most captivating pop records of 2012 “
Jeff Jenkins, Stack Magazine

- ABC Radio Australia ‘Album of the Week’ 2012

- “The album is self assured, beautifully produced, wonderfully presented and deserving of plaudits “
Australian Independent Records

Whilst Sophie Koh’s one-time wish to be a Playschool presenter never actually eventuated, she did manage to land herself on the set of the famous Australian TV soap, Neighbours in 2010 for a musical cameo role. This opportunity led to a chance meeting with Australia’s indie-pop king, Ben Lee. A mutual desire to collaborate resulted in Sophie working with producer Brad Wood (Liz Phair/Pete Yorn/Smashing Pumpkins) at his leafy Seagrass studios in Los Angeles.

Over eighteen months and four successive trips to LA, Sophie’s 2012 album, ‘Oh My Garden’ was born. This third album represents a natural progression from Sophie’s 2005 debut, ‘All the Pretty Boys’ through to 2008’s ‘All Shook up’. It includes collaborations with Ben Lee, Robin Waters (Boat People) and J Walker (Machine Translations). In keeping with Sophie’s inherent whimsical reflections on love and life in this eclectic array of songs, an irrepressible undercurrent of colour and groove is achieved through bold pop production of electronics and synthesizers.

'Oh My Garden' features two stunning radio singles, the heartbreaking ballad ' I Understand' and the supermarket hopping 'Lo-Fi'.

Sophie first came to prominence after being “Unearthed” by Triple J in Australia in 2003 and has since toured around Australia, and supported acts such as The Go-Betweens, The EELS, Paul Kelly, Pete Murray and Howie Day to name a few. She was awarded the ‘Best Female Artist’ in The AGE Music awards in 2008.

Sophie is also known to Australian audiences through Spicks and Specks (co-hosting with Adam Hills on one occasion!), and RockWiz (singing duets with legends Jimmy Little and The Church’s Steve Kilbey). Additionally, her punchy cover version of Split Enz’s, “Charlie” is the closing track of the double-platinum selling album, ‘She will Have Her Way- Songs of Neil and Tim Finn’.

Sophie has created her finest work yet, drawing on personal experiences and surprising new directions, in her new album, ‘Oh My Garden’ (released 2012)

Sophie plays live regularly as solo/duo OR with her full 5-piece band. She just finished her 2012 Australian Tour.

Lyrics

Oh My Garden

Written By: Sophie Koh

Daisy’s still living with Daffodil
Feels like Years since she’s been counting
And Violet’s Nights, of Creepers and Parasites
Turns Her Head into the morning

Who Knows how my heart will Grow
On My Garden Oh My Garden
Only Spiders and Apples know
Oh My Garden Oh My Garden

In Rose’s scene, she is everyone’s Fairy Queen
And Lily makes her Bed
Where she’s been hiding
All the Oranges sigh,
Up at Cherry but don’t know Why
And Daisy’s So Sick of Deciding

So After the Rain Has gone
And We’re Older, Still chasing the Sun
Your Promises are Sweet Like Dandelion
But the Cold Wind, And the End has Begun

Who Knows how my heart will Grow
On My Garden Oh My Garden
Only Spiders and Apples know
Oh My Garden Oh My Garden

Discography

Albums

* All The Pretty Boys (2005)
http://sophiekoh.bandcamp.com/album/all-the-pretty-boys

* All Shook Up (2008)
http://sophiekoh.bandcamp.com/album/all-shook-up

* Oh My Garden (July 2012)
http://soundcloud.com/showoffservices/sets/oh-my-garden-sophie-koh/s-10ewy

EPs and singles

* Anywhere (2005) #3 Triple J Net 50
* Silly Thing (2006) EP
* Objects In This Mirror, single (2008)
* Lo-Fi single (released October 2011)
* I Understand - single (released May 2012)

Compilations

* She Will Have Her Way - Tim Finn's "Charlie" (2005)
* JJJ Like A Version 2 - "Creep"(Radiohead) (2006)
* Lazy Sunday - "Silly Thing" (2006)
* Acoustic 2 - "All The Pretty Boys" (2006)
* Rockwiz - Two For The Show with Jimmy Little- "Happy Together" (2006) and " Streets of Your Town" with The Church's Steve Kilbey - DVD

Set List

Sophie performs regularly as SOLO/DUO or with FULL Five-piece band.