BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST SOFIA CAMARA RELEASES BOUNCY NEW SINGLE “DIFFERENT” TODAY
PRODUCED BY JUNO AWARD-WINNING DUO BANX & RANX
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18 AUGUST 2023 (TORONTO, ON) – One of the most exciting Canadian artists to watch right now, Sofia Camara has officially released her new single “Different” via Universal Music Canada/21 Entertainment, written with Sara Diamond and produced by Juno Award-winning duo Banx & Ranx. The reggae-tinged track is the latest from the breakthrough Toronto-based artist, combining Sofia’s powerful, crystal-clear vocals with Banx & Ranx’s signature island-inspired production. This marks the second collaboration between Sofia and Banx & Ranx, following last year’s “Never Be Yours”, which peaked at #19 at Canadian Top 40 Radio, #22 on the Hot AC chart, and #34 on the Main AC chart.
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The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist unpacks her feelings about a breakup in the new song, working through heartbreak after leaving a relationship yet still wishing to remain friends. “The day I left, it broke me,” she sings at the beginning of the song. “I wish you knew how much I loved you and still cared, but if you want to walk away, can I keep the memories? Is it too late for me to say, can we just stay friends?” She concludes in the chorus, “Please let me love you different.”
“When I was writing ‘Different’, it was hard for me to channel the way I felt at first because I was in a relationship that I didn’t want to fully accept was falling apart right in front of me,” says Sofia about the new song. “This was a friend – not only a partner but a friend – that I would potentially be losing in the end. When I chose to leave, I was really holding on to the hope that we’d be able to stay friends and love each other but love each other differently, but some things aren’t always meant to be.”
“Different” is the third song to release from Sofia Camara this year, arriving after the emotional ballad “Something Better” and the acoustic version of “Never Be Yours”. The undeniable bounce of this record highlights Sofia’s versatility as an artist, effortlessly transitioning between belting out tear-jerking ballads and making audiences dance with bouncy, lively tracks like this one.
Earlier this year, Sofia was spotlighted as one of Rogers’ One to Watch artists in January, and iHeartRadio’s Future Star for February and March. In May, she embarked on her first Western Canadian tour, joining Virginia to Vegas and New Friends on the Life Gets Interesting Tour. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements to come from this breakthrough artist in the coming months.
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ABOUT SOFIA CAMARA:
Sofia Camara builds her songs with an architect’s vision. For the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, she’ll glide across the keys, or strum a chord progression, until she lands on a melody that fits the lyrical storyline she’s been weaving together in her head. She writes best when it’s late. Nightfall invites a particular vulnerability, when animated recollections of the day become the seed of inspiration — often, she replays on the events of the day, and imagines a new outcome.
Her breakthrough single “Never Be Yours” is the triumph of an artist attuned to the contours of her voice — a gift to her 312K+ followers on TikTok who have liked her videos over 8.1 million times. It aligns with an artistic ambition devoted to relatability above all else, and attempts to offer up her experiences so others might better understand theirs. Instinctually, she defers space to the emotions of those around her: always listening, learning, then leaning into what she hears. It’s the same way she approaches covers of songs crafted by others (Miley Cyrus was a fan of Camara’s cover of “When I Look at You”) with more than a goal to recreate, but a desire to fully embody the spirit of a song; getting in between the lines of a track and creating something raw and new. A perfectionist at heart, Sofia Camara is pushing the boundaries of her comfort zone to better perfect her craft.
Approaching universal themes — like infatuation and heartache, loss and self-discovery — Sofia Camara finds the sweet spot of post-adolescent curiosity, mixed with a self-aware maturity wise beyond her years. She’s detail-oriented above all else, pinpointing a deeply human emotion then examining it from all sides. She’s courageously a work in progress.
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