Her debut album, Sophie Milman, put her on the musical map around the world. On the JUNO Award-winning Make Someone Happy, she partnered with producer Steve MacKinnon, her long time pianist Paul Shrofel, and Canadian music stars Guido Basso and Randy Bachman to make a well-curated collection of songs that blended love for jazz with Sophie’s life experiences. Sophie’s third album, Take Love Easy, found her taking more risks and experimenting with newfound musical freedom. On In The Moonlight, she came into her own, collaborating with acclaimed producer, Matt Pearson, jazz superstars Larry Grenadier, Lewis Nash, Randy Brecker, Gil Goldstein and Chris Potter, and arrangers Alan Broadbent and Rob Mounsey. With every outing, she matured as an artist. All four albums spent weeks at the top of the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon jazz charts around the world and were beloved by critics and fans.
Sophie’s ever-evolving identity is what has shaped her unique sound. “Moving around the world twice, starting from scratch each time and having to reinvent and reimagine myself in a completely new context, cultures and roles—that’s the defining feature of my life. It’s shaped me as a person and continues to color my approach to music and to life, informing the kind of songs that I choose to sing and the way I sing them. And my identity continues to evolve: from poor immigrant to musical ingénue to young mother of two beautiful kids. With each formative experience comes another layer of feeling and it’s the layers that make the music better.”
Through the ups and downs of life, through bouts of illness and vocal cord issues, one thing has remained constant: Sophie’s love to pour herself into lyrics and tell stories through song. In 2016, two weeks after the birth of Sophie’s second child, she lent her storytelling abilities to Yiddish Glory – The Lost Songs of World War II, an album entirely in Yiddish – a language she doesn’t speak and had to learn phonetically for the project. The collaborative project aimed to capture the experience of Soviet Jews during the Second World War, giving voice to a nearly-lost generation. The album received great critical acclaim and earned her a nomination for World Music Album of The Year at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards.
Today, Sophie balances life as a mother and a creative spirit. While recording new material and adapting to the digital landscape of performing live, she looks to her surroundings for inspiration. “My kids,” she says, “are my best and most beautiful productions and have really shown me how much I can love and how much I can give. Love has always fuelled my music and now my cup runneth over. Watch out, the best is definitely yet to come”.