About Sophie Griffin...
“No one makes it out alive anyway,
So why not be a little heartbroken?
Better than feeling nothing.
So despite the pain with this love,
Bring in the rain.”
-“Bring in the Rain”
Sophie Griffin isn’t quite ready to graduate from Nashville’s Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University, whose esteemed alumni includes Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley and Steven Curtis Chapman. After all, the 19-year-old Griffin is only entering her sophomore year at the prestigious school. But with more than 100 songs and 50 live performances already under her belt, the honey-voiced, entrancing singer/songwriter is already gearing up for the big leagues — and to potentially join the ranks of her idols Robyn and Leon Bridges.
Griffin fell in love with music when she started taking piano lessons at the tender age of 6 years old. Almost as soon as she started tickling the ivories, she began writing her own songs and lyrics too. In the blink of an eye (or the quick strum of a guitar), she birthed her first song, “Teardrops in My Wallet,” and laced the tune with her own instrumentation and melody lines.
“I immediately loved performing and knew at a young age that I wanted to devote my life to music,” Griffin says. “My dad would handle some production things, but my heart was fully invested into expressing myself through music and the songs I wrote.”
The amicable and ambitious Griffin grew up in Boise, where she became a finalist at an “Idaho’s Got Talent” event in 2016. The contest was sponsored by a country radio station, but Griffin refuses to be pigeonholed in one musical genre: She regularly collaborates with folk, bluegrass and indie musicians. She has also teamed with the Idaho Songwriters Association, which has helped strengthen her music-writing chops, and joined the Sisters in Songwriting, a group that supports female songwriters.
Despite growing up in the Northwest, where many musicians gravitate to Seattle and Portland, Griffin set her sights on a faraway city where she dreamed of incepting her career: Nashville. Shortly after arriving there last year, Griffin enrolled in a class at a studio on the famed Music Row and began befriending other female songwriters, audio engineers and well-connected figures in the music industry.
When she eventually performs at the Bluebird Cafe, where Taylor Swift was also discovered at a young age, Griffin will have notched another lifelong goal under her belt.
“It’s my dream gig,” she says of potentially playing at the venue where TV’s “Nashville” is often filmed. “I want to show people that I’m more than just another country-pop musician. I’m a singer, a songwriter, and I love everyone from Noah Gundersen to Paper Kites.”
With a sparkle in her eye, she adds: “I also like going to punk and indie-rock shows too.”
Griffin’s YouTube page features a striking cover of Robyn’s “Dancing on my Own,” but Griffin’s original track “Bring in the Rain” showcases her remarkable ability to craft earnest, touching songs that bury themselves in the listener’s heart and mind. “Bring in the Rain” is an encouraging song about embracing life, pursuing love and accepting heartbreak, even in the midst of looming gray clouds.
Unlike so many young singer/songwriters, Griffin’s material is auspiciously astute and never syrupy, overwrought or melodramatic. To the contrary, the artist has a refreshingly authentic and unpretentious voice that distinguishes her from musicians who don’t really know how to connect with their own selves.
So it’s no wonder that, in the wake of her first year at Belmont, Griffin is already building a fanbase and laying the groundwork for a full-fledged career as a musician. She plans to release her first official single in July and then assemble a band in Nashville upon her return there this fall. An ensuing EP would then follow, giving her plenty of material to spread across Spotify and other social media channels. She envisions landing a spot on a summer tour next year.
It’s an exciting time for the budding musician, but Griffin is staying patient, focused and dedicated to her craft. Her talent is already intact, as anyone can tell by witnessing one of the weekly shows she is playing this summer at Boise’s Liquid Lounge. And by spending more time in Nashville, Griffin is confident she will take her musical abilities to even greater heights.
In her own words, no one makes it out of this world alive anyway. So Griffin has decided to devote her heart and soul to music — and, with a little luck, becoming one of America’s brightest young singer/songwriters along the way.
For booking and other information on Sophie Griffin, visit her website at https://sophatronic.com/shows/ and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.