Sophie is a musician, choir leader, guitar teacher and event manager based in Bathurst. Sophie grew up in Tamworth and moved Bathurst in 2010 to study a B.A Communications (Theatre/Media) at CSU, which she graduated from in 2012. Since then, Sophie has been actively involved in the Bathurst community through her work with Smith & Jones, Community choirs and workshops, event management and teaching guitar at a local studio.
Sophie performs as one half of alt-country duo Smith & Jones. In March 2017 Sophie and Abby released their debut album of original music, ‘Dark Gives Way’ after spending the past three years performing around Bathurst and the Central West honing in on their craft as musicians, performers and songwriters. Their first single from the album went to number one on the internet’s Australian Country Radio Charts in May. They released their second album this March, ‘Something Worth Learning’, and have spent the year touring.
Sophie, alongside Abby, has been running the CanBeltos (a community choir in Bathurst) for over four years with the belief that singing is not only a valuable and often overlooked form of expression, but an important social tool as well. The core ideal for the choir is that anyone can and should sing. Sophie also facilitates the Inland Sea of Sound’s Local Emerging Artists Program (LEAP) alongside Kylie Shead (Local Stages) and co-ordinates and books local acts for The End Festival in Hill End in partnership with NSW National Parks and Wildlife as well as a handful of other local events around the Central West each year.