Sophie Sanders was born in Nashville, Tennessee, the youngest child of a teacher and a then struggling songwriter. She likes to think her birth brought a little luck, for the following year her father’s career took off like a rocket and kept soaring through the 90’s and early 2000’s. Despite growing up around the business though, her path to songwriting was a slow one.
She never tried picking up one of the guitars around the house. And the self-admittedly shy child certainly had no plans to sing. She did, however, love writing. She wrote poems, prose, and even a book one summer.
In 2011, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology, and a pending Peace Corps assignment. The next week, on a fateful mid-May day, she had her wisdom teeth removed. It was then, in a restless, swollen, life feels so strange right after college state, that she picked up one of Dad’s guitars. The obsession came immediately. The songs came soon after.
Sophie served as an English Education volunteer in the Peace Corps in Indonesia from 2012-2013. She practiced guitar on long, hot afternoons after teaching at the local high school. Soon, she was putting words to music, laughing that 10,000 miles of distance had convinced her that she really belonged back home, in Music City, U.S.A. Once she came home, she was home to stay.
Sophie just finished her first record. She hopes to be half the songwriter her dad, Mark D. Sanders, is, and all the songwriter that she can be (which may even be more than half the songwriter her dad is, but that’s for time to tell...)