Great, thanks! This has been an amazing year for me.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Heroes Made”?
I was inspired by the events of the October first shooting at the Route 91 festival. I found out we actually knew people there, a friend of mine, another singer named Sienna, and my mom’s friends and co-workers. When I heard their stories of how they thought they were going to die it made all of this senseless violence in our country more real. Really hit close to home. I was in the shower that night – couldn’t sleep – and the song just came to me, music and lyrics.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yep, see my last answer. I wanted to convey the idea that these people died heroes in that they acted in the face of fear to try and save others. The worst thing in the world brought out the best in all of us. Evil cannot and will not triumph. Love wins.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was emotional. I shot this with Billie Cole from DeBlanc Music and I really felt the emotion of it. It was especially hard to fil the scenes in the graveyard because I wanted to be extra careful to be very respectful of the precious souls buried there. But I felt it was important to convey to the world that we have to wake up, the seriousness and urgency of stopping this kind of violence had to be conveyed.
How was the recording and writing process?
Like I was saying the song just came to me; I didn’t have to refine too much, though we did work in studio a lot to get the right arrangement that would touch people’s hearts the way I felt it. It was therapeutic to release what I was feeling about this horrible event in my home town.
What role does NYC play in your music?
NYC is my new home!! I was blessed to win the BEST ACTRESS award at the Smith Center this year for all high school musicals in our state. That honor earned me a ticket for the first time to NYC – which I fell in love with! – and allowed me to train with Broadway professionals as a 2019 Jimmy Awards nominee. To perform on Broadway at the Minskoff and meet and be introduced by an artist like Ben Platt was a once in a lifetime experience. It changed my life. I am returning to NYC next week to begin training at AMDA – the American Musical and Dramatic Academy on the upper West side.
How your Broadway background gets to influence your music as a whole and the other way around?
I was just saying yesterday that the road I’ve been on for years included me singing everything and everywhere and that’s really true. I’m classically trained and started out singing classical and opera, but always loved Broadway. In high school I got to explore that musical theater side extensively and the love of that genre really grew on me. But I’d also sing pop, and tons of National Anthems. I’m blessed with a versatile voice and great range, so I’ve had the freedom to be able to explore the different genres in my training and performances. But honestly, after the Jimmys, it was really clear that my heart is in the theater –so that’s the goal for today.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, I’ll continue to write. I actually have tons of lyrics in my brainstorm notebook, but for now I think my AMDA training will take precedence over the studio. I’ll just have to see how it all flows.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Not really. Possibly another release by next year.
Any plans to hit the road?
With a Broadway touring company maybe– any CDs reading this?? lol.
What else is happening next in Sophia Wilson’s world?
NYC – I’m coming for you! I hope that by training with the best, I’ll continue to grow my craft and expand my horizons. I just love performing and creating art. I’m open to all opportunities and will keep you posted where the next one takes me.