Approaching graduation from Gilbert Christian High School, Sophie Dorsten felt overwhelmed when she thought about her future. The feeling of the unknown worried the 17-year-old singer-songwriter.
The indie pop/folk singer penned the song “Tomorrow,” which she released in mid-May.
“I feel this song could have different meanings for so many with what is happening in the world right now,” Dorsten says. “I do feel it will be alright, but the unknown can be scary. ‘I can hardly breathe now…how do I breathe tomorrow’ sums up my feelings at the time.”
A Gilbert resident, Dorsten recorded the song in Nashville earlier this year at Sound Kitchen Studios with producer Jordan Lake.
“We (Dorsten and Lake) connected really well,” she says. “It was my first time recording out of state. He brought a lot of creative aspects to it. I had no idea what to expect. When I went there, I had no music plan in mind. I didn’t know what instruments to use. I brought my brother, Alex, who also plays guitar, to Nashville. When I walked in, all these live performers were already there—a drummer, bassist, piano player.”
Dorsten knew she wanted to be a singer since the sixth grade, when she looked up to Selena Gomez. Since she was 13, she has released a handful of EPs and singles, including the collection “Roses.”
“When I was little, Selena Gomez was my inspiration,” she says. “She was everything.”
Now she’s into Billie Eilish’s voice and “unique style.”
Billie Eilish. I love her voice. I think it’s unique style. I like her music lately. My favorite band is From Indian Lakes. They’re a pretty small band, but I would love to collaborate with them.”
She graduated on May 27, just as the quarantine was winding down. Dorsten says she handled the pandemic well because she’s an introvert.
“It’s easy for me not to be around people,” she says. “I have my family at home. It was a nice time to write songs and I also do paintings. It’s been pretty chill.”
Come fall, her plans are to attend community college for two years so she can focus on her music.
“Music is just a passion for me,” Dorsten says. “It’s a different world for me. I love songwriting and expressing myself through music. I want people to hear my music.”