Along the way to her pop debut, Latina singer-songwriter Sophia Angelica became a global human rights activist. From the tender age of 10, she directed her musical pursuits in service of her philanthropic work. Through her music and speaking engagements, Sophia has become a positive conduit for change and enlightenment. She works closely with the United Nation as a Human Rights Representative, and she has traveled internationally to combat bullying and discrimination, promote mental health issues, and share messages of hope and positivity.
Sophia is a young but seasoned entertainer with impressive credentials. She set out on her entertainment career at 6 years of age, and, by 13, made her television debut on “Good Day New York” on FOX. You may have heard her as the voice of the “singing rabbit” for Dora the Explorer on Nickelodeon. Sophia was also cast by the Cleveland Playhouse for the “Care Program Monologues,” a project created in order to help youth struggling in volatile school environments. In 2018, she wrote an original musical, The Greatest Runaways on Earth, that was presented in the renowned theater Symphony Space in New York. Sophia is also currently part of the board and writing music for the rising international nonprofit organization, Global Peace Chain, and she is playwright and teacher at minority-based New York acting school, RYBIN Studio of Drama.
During the pandemic, Sophia collaborated with acclaimed composer and producer, Juan Cristiani, on a healing song called, “Survivors.” The song was well-received and Sophia was interviewed on FOX TV to promote and talk about it. In addition to her recent accomplishments, and on a more personal note, Sophia wrote the song, “My Brother, Big Brother,” and created a national music awareness campaign for her brother who, at the time, needed a life-saving kidney transplant.
Outside of her entertainment career pursuits and responsibilities, Sophia is in-demand with the United Nations as a youth speaker mainstay, appearing as a speaker and a performer at many cause-related events. In March of 2018, Sophia, as lead speaker and performer, went on a University Human Rights Tour in Taiwan. She also participated in the 6th Asia-Pacific Human Rights Summit where she was a delegate for the United States, sang original songs, and inspired youth all throughout Taiwan. Sophia was also invited to perform at the “Youth for Human Rights Cherry Blossom Concert” in Washington D.C. in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
In 2019, she received the HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) Elizabeth Pena “Breakthrough Artist Award,” and the prestigious “Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)” in Washington, D.C. for her work with human rights. She’s also received letters of achievement and recognition from Governor Cuomo, Governor Murphy of NJ, the State Legislature of New Jersey, and many other political leaders.
Sophia is a family-oriented person who comes from a long line of actors, comedians, opera singers, and classical musicians that date back generations. At the age of 7, she became enamored with the theatrics and music of Phantom of The Opera. From there, she began writing her own songs, and sharpening her craft through voice lessons, and, eventually, classical training. Sophia has the rare distinction of being the first creative in her family to write songs. Her father is a classical guitarist, and her mother runs a Latino children’s acting school and actor management firm. Sophia embraced her Argentinian ancestry by learning Spanish and discovered her passion and talents for the arts through her mother’s work. Today, she carries on her mom’s tradition teaching kids acting and giving private voice lessons.
Pop music appeals to Sophia because it’s a powerful tool for activism work—it is the people’s music. In fact, her love of pop music is tied in with her emergence as an activist. At 13, she spontaneously performed her signature song, Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” at a family dinner. A woman attending the festivities was the head of a mental health NGO, and invited Sophia to perform at an event at the UN. Sophia did, and her experiences at the UN opened doors of empowerment and possibility for her. She felt purpose, and, from there, her associations in activism snowballed.
Now, along with her pop debut, Sophia has performed and continues to do so in well-known venues and events across New York and the tri-state area, such as Duffy Square – Times Square, The Stone Pony, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bowery Electric, the 116th Street Festival, Producer’s Club, and more…
For a young artist who has consistently put the needs of others before hers, it’s been a transformative journey for Sophia to currently write and sing about her personal life in her upcoming long-awaited debut album, Angelica. “The most meaningful things about making this album are exploring every part of me, and having the chance to be vulnerable and show the world things I’ve felt since I was 12,” Sophia says. “Every song here reflects a different point of my life.”