Sophia Del Carmen is poised to become the artist she has set herself out to be since she first began performing from her South Florida hometown to a crowd of school and church audiences. The precocious girl knew music was her calling. “As a child my parents introduced me to all different types of music,” says Sophia, who has already garnered industry attention from those who recognize the potential of the young singer’s distinctive voice and stage presence. She would spend her days listening and singing along to Selena´s recordings as an inspiration and covered the singer´s songs in her own shows.
Sophia´s early performances in her hometown led to her being discovered, at the young age of 12, by Radio Disney who were immediately in awe by her natural ability to sing and perform, as well as by her charismatic on-stage persona. Her appearances on the Radio Disney stage, followed by invitations to perform on city festivals, fund-raising events, State and National pageants, and such set the stage for this young and talented Latina, from Guatemalan and Costa Rican descent, to be recognized as a star in the making.
This talented bilingual entertainer cites amongst her musical influences the likes of Christina Aguilera, “her voice inspires me” and Pitbull’s “charisma and determination inspire me. He is a hustler and I admire that.” Sophia’s feisty and powerful stage presence is no doubt fueled by the women she calls “The Queens”, Madonna, and Lady Gaga.” The rising pop star emphasizes by saying “Both are so creative, so empowering and such risk takers.”
The risks this diva-in-the-making, and former Miss Teen Latina International, has been taking since the age of 12 paid off in December of 2008 when she took the grand prize in the contest Mega Estrella, hosted by the popular Miami radio station Mega 94.9. Following this win, Sophia was featured as a New Latin Artist on all of the 900+ Clear Channel radio stations’ web sites. This win demonstrated that Sophia’s commitment to her artistic career in the form of long hours of vocal coaching, dance lessons, recording sessions, and over all preparation have materialized in the form of a solid path to musical greatness.
Sophia Del Carmen is currently signed to Pitbull’s record label, Mr.305 Records, positioning her to become the next best-selling crossover sensation. The songs on her first CD, set to be released in 2011, is loaded with her infectious style of pop with both pop and urban influences are sure to be the hit on the dance floors. She recently had the opportunity to debut her songs as the opening act for Wisin y Yandel’s La Revolución 2009 and 2010 US Tour. Sophia has also worked with rapper Akon.
The first single, “No Te Quiero”, from the forthcoming album, features a collaboration with Cuban-American rapper Pitbull. Sophia co-wrote this song whose empowering lyrics and pulsating beats define Sophia’s goal as an artist: “I want to make women feel powerful. Not necessarily in a feminist way but make them feel sexy and confident. I want you to put in my CD when you’re getting ready to go out, or when you need some inspiration and uplifting after a bad day.”
“Don’t get me wrong. I make music for men too. It’s just I am a women, so I know what the deal is. I know what we think and go through,” Sophia adds with a teasing smile.