Isolation Drills: Sophie Coran

Like the majority of you, all of us in the Philadelphia area are staying at home, learning to adapt to our “new normal.” MAGNET is checking in with local musicians to see how and what they’re doing during this unprecedented time. Photos by Chris Sikich.

Coran: It’s a strange time to be an artist. We can’t play gigs in the traditional sense, and while so many horrible things are happening in this country and in the world, this feels like the most important time to connect with people face to face.

That being said, I am inspired by the creative ways in which artists have figured out how to reach people throughout the pandemic.

I am very grateful for what I have. Before lockdown, I had recorded the majority of my upcoming project with my band, so I was able to finish the vocals at home with Michael, my collaborator.

I have also been working on various projects including remote sessions for other people. I have been writing several songs for my next project.

I released my single, “I Could Be Your,” in August and celebrated with a virtual “tour” of full-band and solo livestream shows. I am currently planning for my next release as well.

I have even done a few remote video shoots! Being able to connect with my band and musical collaborators has been invaluable during this time. 

I’m also able to teach all of my piano students remotely, so I understand the fortunate position that I’m in.

As we continue to battle social injustice and the U.S. is in disarray, I feel grateful to be an artist because I can keep creating. At least there’s always a need for music in some way.

Check out my recent single, “I Could Be Your.”

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