Seven years-old, Sophie Fatu, makes her vocal debut with the release of “Love Is…” (Extraordinary Records). The EP project is full of Classical Jazz cover songs recorded in the infamous Capitol Studios where Jazz great Frank Sinatra recorded – the studios first artist outside of Capitol Records’ artists.
When I asked the vocal prodigy, who vocals has the sound of a Shirley Temple and Judy Garland mix, if this was her first time recording she said, “Yes, It’s my first time ever. I enjoyed it so much. I felt so happy. I couldn’t believe it was in the same studio used by Frank Sinatra!”
What a thrill it must have been. Managed by her mother Victoria Fatu, a classically trained pianist and backed by her father Cristian Fatu, a classically trained violinist, Sophie is well on her way. She has put her heart and soul into six sings of Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, and Frankie Lymon.
“She performs a lot,” said Victoria about the little superstar who has performed on NBC’s “Little Big Shots” hosted by Steve Harvey, “America’s Got Talent” (at 5 years-old) and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.
The album features musical assistant from her parents, Jeff Hamilton on drums, Chuck Berghofer on bass and Tom Ranier on piano. Producers of the project include her mother Victoria and Greg Curtis, president of Extraordinary Records. It also includes a 13 piece horn section and a 14 piece string section.
“She’s seven years-old. She was six when she recorded it,” Victoria added. “She is the youngest to record at Capitol Studios.”
Hearing her, you will know why Capitol Studios open their doors to her. My favorite songs on the project include #2 “Goody Goody,” a Frankie Lymon cover, because she puts so much fun in it, it left me wanting to see her perform it on stage. I also like #4 “All The Way,” a Frank Sinatra cover, because I can hear her maturing vocally and it was impressive. Last I like #5 “Feeling Good,” a Nina Simone cover, because it starts off with her singing a cappella giving it a feel of an Ole’ African hymn, then suddenly music starts playing and it becomes a beautiful transition into a hot Jazz number. www.SophieFatuMusic.com www.ExtraordinaryRecords.com
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