Suggesting some of the more off-kilter, orchestrated indie pop of projects like tUnE-yArDs and Dirty Projectors, Sophia Kennedy is an avant-pop artist originally from Baltimore, Maryland.
She moved to Germany to study film, eventually doing what she could to find work in the performing arts, including producing for theater and film. Her songs exhibit a theatrical quality, seeming to bridge Tin Pan Alley, off-Broadway musical theater, and observational singing/songwriting with arrangements that mesh piano, percussion, strings, and electronics.
Kennedy recorded her first single, "Angel Lagoon," in 2013 with composer/multi-instrumentalist Carsten Meyer (aka Erobique). She spent some of the next few years composing for theater while working on solo material and further developing her style. In April 2017, the Hamburg-based Pampa label released Kennedy's eponymous debut, which established not only her quirky, animated pop but a lyrical style that valued imagery, fleeting observations, and wordplay as much as introspection. The Being Special EP followed in early 2018, also on Pampa. ~ Marcy Donelson, Rovi