Born and raised in Brookswood, Sophia Danai was constantly singing or looking for a way to entertain others.
"I've always been singing," the musician said in a recent interview with the Langley Advance. "I was always singing, always performing."
It wasn't until a few years ago, when the now 25-year-old hit about 20, that music became the chosen path. She'd spent time exploring theatre and other performance options.
"I was probably about 20 when I recorded my first ever demo. That won't ever surface," she noted with a laugh about her earliest work. "I was acting, but I felt this pull towards music. It was right and I put all my energy into that."
In addition to singing, Danai also plays guitar and keyboards.
To launch her debut CD, Wishing Well, she worked with Chin Injeti, a Grammy Award winning producer who discovered Danai on Facebook. "Obviously I have been influenced by Chin in a positive way," Danai said of some of the hip-hop style sounds on the album. "You can hear his influence on some songs more than others."
With a background rich in music appreciation, Danai noted her influences also come from folk, soul, and even musicals.
Describing Wishing Well as the result of wanting to create an eclectic record, Danai recognizes the sounds throughout the album vary, ranging from the soulful Lauryn Hill-, Kathleen Edwards-, or Macy Grayesque sounds to an almost rap sound at the end of the album.
Several of the songs feature other artists.
"I'm very happy with the end result," she commented. "It's my first real release."
With family and friends still in the Langleys, Danai comes back on weekends to visit and enjoy her hometown.
"It's hard to stay in Langley when you're dong things in the arts," she noted. "You need to be close to the city, but it's nice to be able to go back to where you grew up."
Although just starting out on her professional music career, Danai sometimes gets the sensation that she's been at it for much longer.
"It feels like I've been doing it a long time," she said, "but it feels like a new beginning. Now it feels like the beginning."
Next on the singer's to do list is touring and another record.
"I want to tour. I'd love to do a North American tour. I'd love to tour Europe as well. That's a big dream of mine," Danai noted.
"I just want to get the music out to as many people as possible. I want to create music for myself and others that's genuine, authentic, and thought provoking."
Find out more about Sophia Danai and where she will be performing next from her website at www.sophiadanai.com.
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