925 Return!

925 Jul and Aug, 21

Sometimes you receive a cool email from someone you truly respect in your creative community to come along again.

Thank you, Molly.

It feels nice to be seen.

Hope to see you all!

’21 Soph Update – CR Version

manuel antonio

Dear friends, fans, family near & far ~ as we continue trudging our way through this “new normal” and immense upheaval, loved ones and strangers lost to a disease we’re still learning about, living with the daily anxiety of wondering what is lurking around every corner, watching our brothers and sisters be murdered by the guilty hands of the very people who are supposed to keep us safe…

I do hope that you’re able to find some semblance of strength and worthiness during these trying times. It’s going to take a lot of mind-bending work, to say the least. We will get through this.

In the meantime, I was humbled enough to take another trip around the proverbial sun recently in the breathtaking motherland of Costa Rica. The incredible memories of the everlasting mountains, consistent tropical rains, the never-heard-before birdsongs, volcano-sighting and the sand in my feet + the fresh cuisine was enough to fill my heart with a lifetime of beauty. And – - SONGS. I plan to reap many a lyrical and melodic reward from my travel journal and finally start working with a close, incredibly talented studio friend to take these images, emotions, tastes and experiences from paper to reel.

In your meantime, I wish you peace, a balance of self and community respect and a great sense of protection over your health, mind and spirit.

Pura Vida, dear ones!
Talk soon,

sweet sloth


to the ocean




Allan <3

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Rest In Power – Debbie Duncan


Debbie is master in her own class and she will live on in the musical memories of anyone who came into contact with her.

There were nights at the new Dakota when I’d see her in the distance, chatting with Karl or whomever was tending that evening. I felt nothing less than wholly privileged for her attendance. Never a witless moment, all smiles, true support – I felt like she checked in on not only me but everyone else, and that means more than the world + a true testament to the woman that she was. You could never be dishonest with Debbie. She knew what was going on.

Although the heavens may have gained an angel, I cannot fathom we will ever forget her all-around finesse, vocal prowess and widely accessible heart.

Thank you for sending me this photo, Patty Peterson. As I said in my message, I will cherish this and the unforgettable moments spent with Debbie forever.

With love,

New Publicity Photos – Darin Back Photography

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The sun was setting quickly so we had to act swiftly. It was an absolute joy to {finally!} work with Darin Back. I look forward to more photo and video sessions in the near future.

check him out :: https://www.darinbackphoto.com/

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Darin!


NYE Cancelled – Thx Covid

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Sad yet unsurprising news, dear friends.

Please follow the CDC recommendations. They’re really not that difficult to accomplish. Take care of yourselves and your “pod”, too.

Warmest regards,

NYE @ The 925!!!

SS Trio - NYE at 925

I haven’t performed anywhere since last Thanksgiving. It was within this very establishment, The 925, that I had the honor of doing so. Please join me early on New Years Eve {5:30pm – 8:30pm}. It would be wonderful to see you all – adorned in your fanciest, most sparkliest masks, of course.


Apple Music – Soph Shorai Downloads


XO :: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/sophia-shorai/389027915

Shameless & hopeful self-promotion.

These are very strange and rather downtrodden days for musicians who solely made their living on their craft. Do help move along with us if you’re able.

Wishing peace, health & light to every single one of you.

Thank you a thousand times { + more },
sophia shorai

Home Tunes via FB


In the midst of all this covid19 hysteria, the collective bizarre life-changes & musicians losing their “homes” of gigging, thankfully, we have social media platforms to help with sharing our tunes.

Do dial in if you care to keep up: https://www.facebook.com/SophiaShoraiMusic/

I need to write more anyway {all suggestions welcome}.

Love, health and godspeed to all,

Interview w:Phil Nusbaum of the MN Recording Arts

Featured on Jazz 88.5 ::



Thanksgiving Brunch @ The 925

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Introducing the initial part of your impending Turkey Day!

I love to see these guys and we’d love to see you.

In this superbly lovely place, no less.




Happy commencement of the holidays!
~ soph