Sophia Danai started off like many other 20-year-old aspiring musicians, with the idea that fame and commercial success was the ultimate goal. But after ending a tumultuous marriage and fighting her way out of a bad production deal, her view of success began to change. She found herself focusing more on her own personal path and message—letting her fans know they are not alone and that through challenges, they can learn to be more compassionate. With this new knowledge and mindset, Danai went back to school and took production/recording classes, realizing the importance of creating her own vision and defining her artistry.
Set to be March 29th, 2019, Real Lies is a seven-song collection of soulful electro-pop tracks exploring the journey into self and relationships, learning how to protect your energy and see yourself and others clearly. “I think the process of growing as a person and artist is continuously uncovering our truth; to ‘realize’ and decode the lies we tell ourselves to become closer to who we are,” she explains. “The more we face ourselves in those uncomfortable moments—our anger, fear and loneliness—the more we learn about what is true for us.”
Danai recorded the album at Echoplant Studios in Port Coquitlam, B.C. with award-winning producer Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Said The Whale, Mathew V) and her band, Michael Meroniuk (guitarist) and Jan Orsag (Keys, Ableton Live). The four have gelled in a way Danai has never experienced before. “This time around, it feels like a creative oasis” she says. “We all have great respect for each other, and not only did I feel understood as an artist, but I felt supported and strengthened.”
Danai’s single Daughter marks the 4th single release from her upcoming EP Real Lies. Daughter is about the cycles of abuse we witness and experience. The song is meant to invoke reflection, and have you ask yourself, what am I contributing to the next generation? What wounds have I healed or do I need to heal in myself so I can pass on the lessons as oppose to the hurt. The verses explore these questions from three different perspectives, and the song’s message is that all people deserve to be treated with respect; The ability and power to create this relationship is within each of us, and a direct result of the relationship we have with ourselves.
Already an award winning songwriter, Danai has continued to grow as a musician, and so has her live show. She connects with her audience on a personal level, and with the help of Orsag’s electronic influences, the energy has become palpable. Real Lies delves into pop with its upbeat and danceable grooves, while keeping dark and soulful melodies.
Danai is thankful for her journey—bad times and all. “This experience was a reflection of coming out the other side of everything I went through,” she shares. “I want to be as authentic as possible with my story, in the hope that it could help my listeners feel seen.”
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