photography by Maiya Buck
Sometimes we just love those cozy days listening to emotive music, dwelling in memories or daydreams. Sophie Blair‘s new single ‘Close Quarters’ accompanies our daydreams today. It’s a rich, emotional song, infused with viola and Sophie’s incredible voice.
Initially the queer-singer songwriter who was born and raised in a largely Mormon, conservative community, wanted to become a symphonic violist, but instead ended up with full-time gigging, string composing, and viola session work and following her passion of writing and performing her own songs.
“It’s harder than you might think to make an EP.” reveals the young artist. “There’s the excitement, the apprehension, the sheer thrill of seeing something I wrote unraveling into something that shakes the studio speakers, but there’s also the exhaustion, the sleepless nights, the 14-hour days, throwing up for the fifth time in an hour; the migraines, the nausea, the hugging my knees and sobbing on the studio bathroom floor. There was a moment recording “Close Quarters” where I screamed into a mic and something more powerful than my voice came out. Listening back, my producer, Nate Pyfer, and I both got quite physically emotional… It was a moment that I don’t know if I’ll ever have again, but I am grateful for it.”