Music Monday: Raquel Sofia

This week on Music Monday, we go to my roots as we’ll be discussing Latin music.

Credit to Raquel Sofia’s Facebook Page

When it comes to Latin Music I tend to stick to the classics: Marco Antonio Solis, Chayanne, Sin Bandera, Gloria Trevi, Alejandro Fernandez, etc. The older artists are still producing great music so I don’t steer too far away from the artists I grew up with; yet every once in a while I find myself discovering an up and coming Latin artist. Last year it was Mon Laferte and this year? Raquel Sofia. A rising star from Puerto Rico, with one album under her belt. She’s working on her second album currently and I am following every step of this journey.

“Tenemos Historia” is the first song of hers that made it into my life and now I can’t stop listening to her music. Her songs are relatable in their lyrical content, with her voice being the perfect amount of genuine with the occasional raspy-ness that makes your skin feel like it’s alive with feeling. If you’ve previously read anything on this site, then you might be well aware that I am no stranger to crying in public so it will come as no surprise to know that tears were shed at the park while listening to her song, “La Persona Que No Eres”. The power is in the storytelling, she creates a story right in front of you and you’ll find it difficult to not feel affected by her music.

Raquel Sofia is my favorite kind of musical discovery; her music travels directly into your heart and forces an emotional response out of you. Her music sounds as if from an older time, yet feels relevant and necessary in this moment in time. The infusion of blues, jazz and soul music makes her music a force to be reckoned with.  Currently she has one full-length album and since I’ve worn that one out, I’m looking forward to the new album she is working on.

Whether you listen to Spanish music or not, I urge you to look up this artist because her journey is just beginning and you’re going to want to be along for the ride.

You can thank me later.

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