Sophia Squire Nominated For Linkage Award
Reggae song bird Sophia Squire who hails from Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica was recently nominated in the ‘Female Cultural Artist of the Year ’ category of the Linkage Awards.
Linkage Awards is a ceremony held in New York, USA dedicated to celebrating music, artistes, DJs, radio personalities and media in the reggae, dancehall, soca and gospel genres.
Sophia Squire was nominated in that category for her contribution to reggae music over 24 years; first as a background vocalist for Gregory Isaacs, then as a solo artiste recording for various producers, such as Jah snow cone, Don Corleon, Frass, Bredroc (her manager’s label) Charmax, Masterkatt Productions, Gully Bank Music, Purple Skunk Music and many more.
It all started when she sang as a child in the church many years ago. Sophia Squire knew from an early age that she was born to be a songstress. The singer says, “I usually have a recurrent dream that I was a singer and was always singing every chance I got, then I decided to pursue it as a career.”
With this reality in mind, she made every effort to do well at her craft, by writing meaningful and substantial lyrics, working with some of the best producers and getting her music out to the masses through rigorous publicity.
She was never derailed by the obstacles she faced and shares that, “Through it all I find that promotion is one of the main factors and requires time and money, but money is not always easily made through music. Another challenge is convincing this male dominated industry that females are just as valuable, reliable and good as our males.”
Lady Squire is encouraged to continue doing music because she believes in her ability to do well, the level of support she gets from her family, manager Bredroc, fans, the media, etc.
“My dad and sisters always told me to be myself, believe in myself and give it my all”, she says.
She is motivated by singers Peter tosh, Marcia Griffiths, John Mayer and many more artistes. “As long as you inspire and entertain I’m influenced,” Says Sophia, who confesses that, “Reggae music is my favourite genre, it gives you a freedom, but I love other genres as well.”
When asked if she plays any musical instrument she responded “No, playing is an art, I’m trying though with the guitar. That’s my favourite instrument.” It would be interesting to see this talented female artiste playing on stage while performing songs like my all time favourite ‘Rat-ta-tat’, as well as ‘Naw Fight Over No Man’, ‘Love’, ‘Sweet Reggae’ ‘Love and Conflict’ and other recordings from her catalog.
Her repertoire includes collaboration with Tarrus Riley (‘Nature is Calling’ remix), Lutan Fyah (Baby I love You), Max Romeo (Nobody’s Child) and U Roy (cover of Alton Ellis’ ‘Got a Date’). Sophia is a fan of many other reggae artistes and would love to do collaborations with Queen Ifrica, Romaine Virgo, General Degree and Mad Cobra.
She continues to gain recognition and respect from music lovers, including event promoters, who repeatedly books her to perform at major events in Jamaica, such as Teen Splash, GT. Taylor’s Christmas Extravaganza, Kite Fest, Reggae Sumfest and Rebel Salute.
Though she does music full time, Sophia Squire is a mother who has to balance her career with family obligations effectively. To this she says, “I plan ahead if possible. Music and family are my priorities, so I try to set to do lists to remind me of things and to create a balance.”
Sophia Squire is looking forward to the recognition that will be gained from her nomination with Linkage Awards. She expresses that, “Winning would be great, but that’s not all. People will remember my name for being an ambassador of conscious reggae music and knowing that my contribution was good enough to be among the best in my category and .”
The work never stops for this talented female artistes, who produces and promotes harmonious conscious music and Inspirational fun. She is currently promoting a few new singles, namely ‘Know Nuttin’, ‘Sweet Reggae’ and ‘This yah love’ and looks forward to performing them for her fans.
Mystique Magazine congratulates Sophia Squire on her nomination for Female Cultural Artist of the year for Linkage Awards and wishes her great success.
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