With unconventional lyrical vision, the music Canadian singer/songwriter Sora writes is naturally neoteric; a collision of past and future. Sora evokes a new esoteric in music that fuses the poetry of the Celts, the global influence of World, and the stunning melodiousness of Neo-Classical into music that defies the boundaries of traditional genre categorization. Sora writes music that harmonizes in a world of differentiation, music for a new world.
Sora, who has is completing a Masters of Counselling, has a deep interest in mythology, fairytales, archetypes, feminism, society’s collective consciousness, and narratives that illuminate life’s passages. Sora's fourth studio album, Scorpion Moon, delves deeply into stories, both mythic and modern, that transcend time and place, boldly claiming the complexity of contradictory truths within the emotional landscapes that shape our own personal stories. Light and dark, joy and sorrow, urban versus nature, birth/rebirth but also death, ancient and modern, Sora delicately balances it all to provide music that is at once ethereal and grounded. Scorpion Moon received critical acclaim including a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination in 2013 (World Solo Artist category).
In addition to Scorpion Moon, Sora has released three previous recordings -- Winds of Change (traditional folk songs from the British Isles), Light (a four-song EP featuring her first original songs), and Heartwood (a Top 20 album on the international Zone Music Reporter chart, featuring all-original material including several tunes inspired by children’s stories and ancient legends). Heartwood has received international praise and airplay, charting on several Canadian college radio stations (CFAM - Manitoba, CFBX - BC, CKUW - Manitoba, IRFT-Ireland).
As a performer, Sora’s crystalline voice, unusual instrumentation, and penchant for threading stories and narratives through her live shows makes her a sought after commodity. In 2010 Sora was a featured performer three times for the Winnipeg Concert Series Musica Speciale as well as a featured performer with the Lily Quartet. In 2011, choral arrangements of Sora’s songs were requested by the Airdrie Community Choir, for a performance in which Sora was the featured soloist. In 2011/2012, Sora’s unique collaborative concert series, The Mask and the Music, with spoken word artist, Erin Dingle and singer, Catherine Gell, were performed to sold out crowds. In 2019 Sora was commissioned to write a song for the Addicted to Heaven book series written by Susan Forest and published by Laksa Media Group; the lyrics from this song, Bursts of Fire, won Sora an Aurora Award in 2020 (Best Poem/Song category).
Sora’s uncanny sensitivity to meaning within stories and her ability to maintain urban relevancy within the organic settings of her music is starting to garner recognition. In 2010, Sora was commissioned to give voice to Calgary Family Service’s 100 year anniversary, which became the song, Legacy, recorded with Juno – nominated producer, Douglas Romanow and performed at the gala event. In 2011 Sora collaborated with Danish composer, Nicky Bendix to write the song Giant’s Causeway, commissioned for the American short film American IRA.
From her lyrics that read as poetry, to her ability to breathe life to even the oldest stories, to her otherworldly voice this much is clear; you have never heard anything like Sora.
Winds of Change 2003
Light EP 2007
Legacy single 2010
Giant's Causeway Single 2011 (co-write with Nicky Bendix)
Wings in Flight Single 2011 (co-write with Cindy O'Neil)
Scorpion Moon 2013
Bursts of Fire single 2019