Sophis began performing professionally in 2005 with his band Kalbass Kreyol, a Bay Area-based group whose repertoire focused on Afro-Caribbean music in an effort to raise awareness for Haitian music and culture in the Bay Area.
In 2009, Sophis decided to start performing as a solo artist to more fully explore the wide range of musical influences that had always informed his songwriting – American and French pop, Latin, and Caribbean music, to name a few.
In 2011, he released his first recording, a 5-song EP, which served as a transition point from the music he created with Kalbass Kreyol and where he saw himself ultimately going as a solo artist.
After a 3-year hiatus from performing – during which he refined his artistic vision – In November 2014, Sophis released on iTunes his first single, “Lover Girl,” along with his first music video. On August 20, 2015 he followed "Lover Girl" with "Love Or Deja Vu?," and in December 2016 he released his most successful single so far "Schizophrenic Hearts." The artist is now in the studio crafting the next single that is scheduled for release this Summer(2017).
FROM THE ARTIST
“Music, and singing in particular, was always my oasis from the harsh reality of growing up in Haiti. In fact, I think that's the case for most folks in Haiti. Perhaps this might explain why Haitian culture is so musical. I remember my mother had a song for every situation – be it sad or happy and everything in between.
Growing up, every teenage girl and boy I knew had a notebook of songs – lyrics of all the popular songs we heard on the radio. And when we’d get together, we would just take turns singing.
But I always wanted more, even as a little boy. I wanted to sing – I wanted the stage, I wanted the lights – I wanted to perform. I was obsessed with knowing what it's like to write songs that stir emotions in people. I would hear a moving vocal melody in a song and instantly felt a desperate need to be able to emulate it one day. I was probably 14 or 15 when I wrote my first real song. It was a bad, sad song, but I loved it! And that was the beginning of my journey as a songwriter, as an artist.
A fan recently told me that my music “can make someone cry, laugh, and dance all in one embrace.” If that's true, then I'd say my childhood dream has begun to take form.” – Sophis