In the vein of Damien Rice and Tori Amos – Sophie Longshaw is back with her haunting, beautiful single “In The Morning,” a track that blends very emotional piano music with powerful, poignant vocals. The result is a song that would change not only your day, but your life as a whole.
On the song, Sophie comments “In The Morning is special to me because I was able to express things through it that I found hard to say in person. I wanted to show people how depression can make you feel and it was natural for me to use music to communicate that. The level of emotion and the soaring chorus mirrors what I felt at the time. Chris’ pared down production keeps it simple but emotive, allowing the song to speak for itself.”
Originally from Sheffield, UK, singer-songwriter Sophie Longshaw, a fresh new face in London’s music scene, is set to release two debut singles, “In The Morning” and “Let’s Go To The Beach” this summer in collaboration with international music agency and record label DEFDISCO. Sophie, who is signed to Twin Records, an independent record label based in Sheffield, UK and founded by composer/producer Chris Mann, has a refreshing take on acoustic pop. Self-described as “a soulful mix of guitar and piano-driven acoustic songs with shades of electronica,” the artist’s debut songs are honest and candid snapshots of her feeling as a moody songwriter, a gateway into her personal day-to-day life.
“She’s an incredible talent whilst being very humble and modest with it which is often a rare mix for artists,” said Barry Gilbey, VP of A&R and Label Management at DEFDISCO.
Deeply inspired by music she grew up listening too in her childhood years, Sophie’s family nurtured her musical passions at a young age. Her father sang and performed various musical instruments around the house, while her mother danced gleefully to dance tracks created by her number one musical obsession: 70s Swedish group ABBA. In school, the artist taught herself how to play guitar and began using music as a creative and emotional outlet.
“‘In The Morning’ was my way of letting out my depression and finally being able to express myself,” she said of her debut single. “Music is powerful in that way.”
Now at the prime age of 20, Sophie is a redhead with adorable freckles and a sultry voice who pours emotion into her songwriting. Musically influenced by artists such as Amy Winehouse, Noah and the Whale, Elbow, Lianne La Havas, and The Beatles, Sophie blissfully blends together elements of indie pop, acoustic, and electronica to create her unique downtempo tunes. Her sound has been compared to that of Birdy, Lorde, and Adele.
“I’ll pick up the guitar and start playing until I find chords that match the way I feel,” said Sophie. “From there it’s pretty straightforward, I start improvising lyrics and melodies together and jot them down as I go.”
Currently studying English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, Sophie now spends her time dabbling on the ukulele and keyboard in between classes and writing lyrics. While still at school, the artist paired up with producer and BAFTA-nominated composer Chris Mann after Mann was swept away with her vocal performance at a party in Sheffield, The producer/composer who, himself, is also a violinist, arranger, and orchestrator and has experience working with brands such as Mars, The National Lottery, and Pepsi, has since signed her to his label Twin Records and started co-writing and producing Sophie’s work.
“She was so young, but still streets ahead of other singers I’d heard at the time,” said Mann. “Sophie is a great writer and brilliant performer and we’ve worked together closely on these songs. I’m proud of the work we’ve done.
Longshaw is not only a believer in the power of music, but she is also a strong believer in creative freedom. She expressed the importance of it in 2015 when she declined advancing on BBC’s The Voice after making it past the grueling audition round. Before live shows started filming, the artist decided to take a chance on her original music and venture down her own path with Mann/Twin Records and international music agency and record label DEFDISCO.
“As a musician, I wanted to find a way of performing and this seemed like a huge opportunity,” said Sophie. “The problem was, it just wasn’t right for me. It’s good not to have a pre-determined path and it’s very important to me to have my own voice.”