Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


band members

Sophie Hanlon


Influences

Emerson Lake and Palmer, Procol harum, Gershwin


Website

www.sophiehanlon.com

Bio

Sophie was first born in 1931. She was raised by suffragettes in the historic town of Haworth. A place where time stands still and the locals live in a dream world of 1940s weekends, spitfires, apothecaries and bon bons from Mrs Beighton’s sweet shop.

She was deemed too modern and progressive to continue in such an idyllic yet unrealistic world and was born again in 1970 and finally was born properly 20 years later in 1990 to become a child of the Manchester mod generation.

With musical influences as diverse as Gershwin, Vera Lynn and Traffic combined with the prose of the Bronte sisters, Sophie began writing her first songs at the tender age of 3. These songs were of course rubbish.

Surrounded by music during her idyllic childhood in the Yorkshire Moors, around the age of 6 she accidentally heard Summer in Siam by The Pogues. This, for Sophie, was the turning point. She began spinning platters of her own accord and was suddenly being swept away by the sounds of Homburg by Procol Harum, Hang On To A Dream by Tim Hardin and Mockingbird by Barclay James Harvest.

She spent her teens visiting music festivals in the UK with her dad, going on to perform at the renowned Glastonbury festival herself when she was just 17 years old.

Sophie is now based in Sydney and has just completed her debut album 'Chemical Girlfriend'. This has been meet with considerable enthusiasm, so much so that she is in the top 1% of 19000 and a finalist in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition with her song 'My Dark Crusade'.

It is almost impossible to pigeonhole Sophie Hanlon’s songs and musical style. It sounds like something you should have heard but there is no one other artist that she sounds like. For some who believe there must be a point of reference to validate an artist this may be perplexing. Sophie is a truly modern, original artist and an exceptional performer.

"In my view Sophie has unwittingly combined the energy and pop sensibility of the Small Faces, the power of Grace Slick, and the soul of Billie Holiday.

The world is ready for an artist like Sophie Hanlon. Her time is now." -Skeet, David, July 2013, London

Review

Review by Lewis Hobba Lewis Hobba

06 Jun 2014

Triple J
40

What a fantastic voice! A great song with a fair lashing of anguish.

What a fantastic voice! A great song with a fair lashing of anguish.

Review

Review by Max Quinn Max Quinn

28 Apr 2014

Triple J
35

Killing it! Hopefully there's more where this came from.

Killing it! Hopefully there's more where this came from.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

28 Apr 2014

Triple J
35

Beneath the glossy arrangement beats the damaged heart of a pissed off rocker.

Beneath the glossy arrangement beats the damaged heart of a pissed off rocker.