Sophie Ann has clocked up a slew of amazing experiences to date: having performed in musicals at QPAC (heard of Annie and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!?) as well as reached Blind Auditions on The Voice Kids. She’s spent the past year playing live gigs around Brisbane, including at this year’s Ekka, and is currently working on her first album of original songs with ARIA Award Winning producer Stuart Stuart from Analogue Records.
So you’d be forgiven if the first thing you want to shout from the rooftops about Sophie Ann is her extraordinary achievements ‘for her age’. But stop before you do: as it’s this very reaction that causes a twinge of frustration for the 13 year old performer, musician and singer. Yes, she’s young, but darn it she’s earned her stripes. Dedication of her time, energy and focus over 10 years of dance and 5 years of singing training have prepared her for the evolution of her performance career that is currently in full swing.
To build and maintain this much momentum takes tenacity, maturity, persistence and passion which are all attributes we love in our Sparks, but Sophie Ann grabbed us on another level again: her intrinsic empathic determination and desire to help others. It was this very drive that propelled her to seek out a worthy fundraising cause to align her first single with, and she found it in Samuel Amiet, a little boy living life with a challenging array of diseases and conditions. On the 20th of August, Sophie Ann will perform her debut single ‘Breathe Life’ at her SAM3PROJECT event to raise money for the Sunshine Butterflies foundation.
A usual day for Sophie Ann consists of vocal lessons, group sessions for choir and all the strenuous tasks an aspiring singer undertakes, but don’t be too quick to assume she’s crazy for the fame. She loves hanging out with her friends, playing sports and calming her nerves with a good ol’ bowl of hot chips – because let’s be real, is there nothing hot potatoes can’t cure!
Sophie Ann’s motivation, drive and genuine personality is what defines her as one our of Girl Shaped Flames. We are in awe of all she has achieved so far and can’t wait to brag about knowing her when she takes out her first ARIA award.
SEVEN SPARK QUESTIONS
1. What are three words that describe you?
Hardworking, persistent, grateful
2. Who is a female role model for you and why does she inspire you?
Dodie Clark, because she is an incredible songwriter and her songs are so meaningful. She is very open to everyone and I love how honest she is.
3. What has been the best piece of advice you’ve received so far? Who was it from?
My favourite bit of advice is captured in this quote:
“If you want something, you’ll make it happen. If not you’ll find an excuse.”
This quote really makes me think about what I REALLY love doing. Instead of doing things to please other people.
4. What is something you’re good at that people wouldn’t know about you?
I am quite good at writing persuasive speeches and gothic literature. I have done both for English assignments and I really enjoyed writing them.
5. What makes you happy?
When my family and friends support me in my gigs. It means a lot for them to do that. They have taken time out of their day to some see me, and that makes me very happy.
6. When you’re having a bad day, what makes you feel better?
I usually spend some time to myself listening to quiet songs while lying in bed. Sometimes I’ll play my ukulele as well. It happens to everyone so I also talk to my parents about it because they ALWAYS know what to do/say.
7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years' time? And how do you plan to get there?
I will be writing more and more music, performing in heaps of gigs, have recorded a few EP’s and solos, and I’m just going to keep on trying to get more gigs and hopefully one day my music will reach more people.