I met Sophia Bastian over 1 year ago, while talking about a dress, and she gave me a copy of her demo CD…I popped it into the Stereo, and…WOW!!…With a voice that’s reminiscent of Adele, and a fresh mix of jazz and blues combined with little reggae touches, I was blown away…Add to this a ‘serious’ musical and performing arts training, a glowing, girl-next-door natural beauty, and a warm personality, and you have Sophia Bastian, bright new talent ready for take-off!
She will join Kaylene Peoples and the All-Star Orchestra on Wednesday night, at El Cid, for the second concert in the Indie Hotspot Jazz Series. We’ll be treated with a couple of her original songs, just enough to tease us into wanting more, no doubt…
Hailed as “one of the most promising young talents out there, a young singer with jazz reference and a lush voice,” Sophia Bastian draws her influence from classic jazz, blues, soul, and hip-hop, as well as reggae and world music. A self-proclaimed ‘Jazz School Drop-out’, she mixes vintage sound and soulful lyrics into her original compositions, taking inspiration from Dinah Washington, Etta James, James Brown, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, and Ray Charles, but manages to keep a fresh perspective.
She started her performing arts career in Ballet as a teen, in Munich, Germany, then moved to New York at 18, and transitioned into Jazz, where she enrolled as a Jazz vocal major at City College, NY. Her first EP, released in 2011, is a blend of soul, jazz, and r & b, with ever-so-slight nods to reggae and hip-hop.
Sophia Bastian and her band and have gone to perform at various venues in New York City and the Hamptons. Sophia Bastian held an 8-week-residency at Manhahatta Lounge, performed at Sweet Rhythm — “James Brown Tribute”, Don Hills, Santos, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Club 205, Ella, Spotlight in New York. As well as at Stephen’s Talkhouse in Amagansett, the Surflodge and a most recently opened for Hip-Hop’s triumph, The Roots. In Los Angeles, she performed at Hotel Cafe, the Roxy, and other clubs, and was recently featured on “Good Morning L.A.”.