Singer-songwriter Sophia Fracassi recently released her evocative new single “But I Do” on May 13 via the powerhouse team at Coalition Music (Our Lady Peace, The Tea Party, Scott Helman, Simple Plan) and all streaming platforms.
With a gift for storytelling that is well beyond her years and inspired by the likes of Taylor Swift and Joni Mitchell, Sophia’s gorgeous new single is a hard-hitting, emotional ballad that showcases her remarkable vocal capabilities. “But I Do” was written by Sophia and Steve Molella (LØLØ, Finger Eleven), who also produced the track.
I had the opportunity to chat with Sophia about the inspiration behind her new single, what she hopes fans connect with on the track, and what’s next.
Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your new single “But I Do”?
Sophia: I wrote But I Do during a time period where I felt extremely overwhelmed, extremely alone, and was coming to terms with the fact that I had actually felt that way for a long time – I just didn’t realize it. The song is a more eloquently worded inner dialogue, the kind I would go over in my mind while I was feeling low. Writing it was like sorting through all of these little boxes of painful feelings and bad habits, and attempting to discover how they all related to one another.
Kat: What do you hope listeners take away from the song?
Sophia: The number one hope I have for this song is that someone, who may be going through the same pain I was, will find solace in it. There is nothing quite like hearing all of your hurt laid out line-by-line, in something as beautiful as a song. It’s like listening to your own broken heart beat, reminding you that you are still alive, and you will get through it.
Kat: What do you find is the most challenging part of your creative process? Who did you collaborate with on this project?
Sophia: The challenge is different with every song. For But I Do, I think the main focus was to make sure the production matched the emotion in the song. It is supposed to feel like anxiety, like when the world is spinning too fast and you are feeling too small to stand your own ground. Despite the challenge, my producer, Steve Molella did an absolutely fantastic job. It is sonically very intentional and you can feel the tension every second.
Kat: What has been the biggest lesson learned in your career so far?
Sophia: Although I’ve only been pursuing a musical career for a short time, I think the biggest learning curve for me has been the importance of releasing control. I tend to have a bit of imposter syndrome and often feel that anything good happening won’t last very long. It makes it really hard for me to let go and enjoy the process. However, nothing in this industry is ever certain, which is part of the beauty & excitement. It has taken time, but I have slowly learned to find the joy in the happening, rather than the result. There will always be new goals to reach, always a bigger achievement to strive towards, no matter how high you climb on the ladder. The real happiness is found when you allow yourself to soak in each moment as it comes, create something you love & are proud of, and let the rest go.
Kat: What’s next?
Sophia: I don’t want to reveal too much yet, but I have a really exciting project coming to you all this summer. It includes some of my most favorite music yet, and was created with a lot of joy and love. I can’t wait! Stay tuned.
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