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 ::

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!!!

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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 ::

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:

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

Post-Inn Show Gratitude

What an incredible evening. To share it with my nearest and dearest means more than the universe to me.

I am so blessed.

Much love to Larry, Carol and all the Abdo’s.

Hope to see you all again soon.



The Nicollet Island Inn – 11.14.19

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A Much Overdue Duo Evening

Featuring our favorite tunes :: Old & New


Tommy Barbarella has made his mark behind the scenes composing, touring, recording and performing with Prince, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Art Garfunkel, Ziggy Marley and Love and Rockets – to name but a few. In the world of film, he has contributed his talents to Hollywood features by iconic directors like Spike Lee, Robert Altman and Marc Forester.

His first forays into the Minneapolis music scene came at a time when the ‘Minneapolis sound’ was exploding across the international airwaves in the 1980′s. In a music club in downtown Minneapolis he was introduced to mega-producer Jimmy Jam Harris and other members of The Time. This eventually led to a 10-year stint as the keyboardist for Prince and the New Power Generation – a band considered by many to be Prince’s finest line-up. With Prince and the NPG, Tommy toured the world several times over and made numerous TV appearances in the US and Europe.


Having been blessed with several years of honing my little craft at this gorgeous oasis in the heart of our Minneapple, I am so pleased to return to The Nicollet Island Inn.

With the best fella around, no less ~ Sir TommyB.

Tommy ::

Hope you can join us,