Sophia Shorai

Sophia Shorai

Member since: September 25, 2012

A Little About Me
Settled in unconscious control, Shorai’s voice is sometimes seductive, sometimes tough, sometimes playful. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Minneapolis, Shorai has been performing in front of audiences since the age of nine. Today, she is a regular at the nationally renowned Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis along with keeping a performance schedule of 100 dates a year in and around the Twin Cities. A classically trained pianist, Shorai began exploring the world of jazz in her early teens, learning vocalese from her trumpet-player father. Along with her unique jazz interpretations, she has achieved national recognition for lending her voice to many television commercials, most notably Target’s inaugural “Hello Goodbye” campaign, as well as major motion pictures and several TV series. Fans have vocally compared her to Brandi Carlile, Inara George, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and Eva Cassidy. Although, most cannot fully describe the distinctiveness and charm of Shorai’s phrasing and sound. 


Sophia has everything a singer could want: soul, versatility and comfort in a number of musical settings and styles, a marvelous set of ears, unique style, and a visceral love of music and performance. Whether she's belting or crooning, she breaks hearts.” Adam Levy, guitarist, singer/songwriter for The Honeydogs

“One simply enjoys the expressive, emotional, yielding, welcoming, accepting, and enduring quality which Sophia delivers vocally to nudge our musical sensibilities in a strong and viable manner.” George W. Carroll,

“There's a charming girlish innocence and coquettish soulfulness to this young singer's rendering of jazz standards." Jon Bream, Star Tribune

“Sophia Shorai has one of the sweetest voices...Not many others could hit her perfectly girlish, almost childish tone...” Annie D’Souza, MetroMix Mpls

“There's a halo around her voice. She’s one of the most naturally gifted singers I've ever heard." Daniel Eikmeier, Artist & Media Relations, Dakota Jazz Club