Location: London, England
Sophie Hiller, British singer and songwriter, was born into an incredibly musical family. Surrounded by musicians and brought up listening to the old greats, such as Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, Sophie found her own passion in music at a very young age and knew that making music was exactly what she wanted to do.
Sophie began to learn instruments, joined choirs and was eager to perform at any opportunity. It was around the age of 13 that Sophie wandered into her father, singer and songwriter Lawrence’s home studio and declared “I want to write a song!” The pair have since written a number of songs together. “I really am proud to come from such a talented family” Sophie admits.
Describing her sound as “Soul/pop with Strong Elements of old school Soul, Motown and Jazz, but with a modern twist”, Sophie has built up a solid fan base through Facebook and YouTube. In 2010 her take on Justin Bieber’s hit “Baby” caught the eye of Gary Wallis, Tom Jones’ Musical Director. He was so impressed with her performance that she was invited to become a backing singer for Sir Tom Jones. This has resulted in her touring the world with Sir Tom and the band over the last few years, including some particularly memorable performances, including The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. “Singing for Sir Tom is a dream,” Sophie says, “He’s an absolute legend, I’m having such an incredible time!”
Watch Sophie singing with Tom Jones Delilah, Mama told me not to come, Green green grass of home
Her work with Sir Tom has led to her performing with other artists such as Nicole Scherzinger, Natasha Bedingfield and P. P Arnold.
Most recently, Sophie has collaborated with Ben Taylor, and was asked to join him on his German and US tours.
Watch Sophie Hiller and Ben Taylor performing Live In New York, featuring one of their co-written songs, ‘Friday’.
Sophie’s next project was to record her solo album: “These songs span over a really long time, one was written last year and another when I was 15. It’s so exciting hearing it all come together!”
Sophie has enjoyed performing her solo material at various shows and venues in London from The Royal Albert Hall, to The Hippodrome (a fundraising night for the Amy Winehouse Foundation) and also in America, particularly Los Angeles, where she spent most of 2013 writing songs and showcasing her music.
With her debut Album almost completed, 2014 looks set to be an exciting year for Sophie Hiller!