Now here’s a soulful, spunky and refreshing artist. Swedish born and raised – Sofie Reed.
There’s a certain flavor of old world charm with a new world’s reality in her music. She’s got that heartfelt, genuine kind of voice that just moves you, with an inspired kick to your step. Accompanying herself with dulcimer, lapsteel guitar, foot-stomping and harmonica, Sofie delivers her bluesy, earthy, original songs in a new collection called “Simplicity Chased Trouble Away”.
Sofie’s independently produced debut CD "Baby Boo Got Gone", released in 2004, was recorded with a handful of fine musicians such as John Magnie and Steve Amedee of the Subdudes and guitarist Jeff Pevar. In the category of blues-folk, Sofie’s CD became a top-seller at CDBaby.com. Continuing her work in the track of her signature tune "Funky Rattle" – an exciting, live studio performance with hearty foot-stomping, harmonica and voice – Sofie refines her craft.
Influenced by American blues and jazz, Sofie exchanged her plans from theater school to pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter. She left Sweden 1987 and settled in Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A. Utilizing her creative skills, Sofie freelanced as a stylist within the local music scene, until one of her clients, Sheila Charles, daughter of Ray Charles, hired her as a back-up singer. – Sofie picked up a variety of session work throughout the Twin Cities – from Paisley Park to voice-over commercials and independent films. After a period of performing in a duo with her now divorced husband, guitarist Preston Reed, she left Minneapolis and moved to Colorado. Sofie’s lone journey into a foreign culture generated many experiences, creating an intriguing, colorful story reflected in her music and performance.
Sofie's new CD Simplicity Chased Trouble Away to be released in June 2012 will be followed by a series of performances in the States, as well as Europe.