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Sophia Urista was born in Detroit, MI. The soundtrack her mother filled her childhood with reveals her Mexican and black heritage as well as her Detroit roots, which have shaped her musical vocabulary — from the soulful sounds of The Supremes to the nostalgia of traditional Mexican music,and the power of classic rock with artists such as Santana, Creedance Clearwater Revival and Van Morrison. After graduating from the University of Michigan with this music brewing within and the desire to become an actress, she set foot in New York City to make her mark as a performer. The raw passion of her onstage performance has and continues to fuel the meteoric rise of her early career as a singer. She has been compared to the likes of Betty Davis for her raw power and vocal character, and Eartha Kitt for her sassy theatrics.

After commanding audiences across NYC's live music scene, she mesmerized the legendary duo, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, at an open-mike event at their Sugar Bar. They promptly offered her a month-long feature at their "Nuttin' but the Blues" weekly event and began mentoring her into the business, inviting the inimitable Quincy Jones to witness her onstage power. Shortly thereafter, Sophia began working with the legendary producer who has taken her under his wing. Quincy's team will help guide Sophia's career in the months to come.






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