|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, Piano|
|Labels||Independent (Crying Ninja Records)|
|Members||Phil Collings, Ivan Jakic,Tim Reid, D. Rogers|
Born in New Zealand, Sophie Koh grew up both there and in Singapore. After finishing university in Melbourne, she headed to Darwin, where she won Triple J's Unearthed contest. Returning to Melbourne, she launched her debut album "All The Pretty Boys" in 2005. She released her follow-up album "All Shook Up" in 2008 produced by Greg J Walker (Machine Translations). Having learnt piano since age 6, Koh later spent few years majoring in classical piano at Melbourne Conservatory of Music. Her latest album OH MY GARDEN was recorded in LA with producer Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, Pete Yorn) and includes collaboration with Ben Lee. In 2013, Sophie and band completed a major tour of China. Her music has featured on TV's Grey's Anatomy, Neighbours and Home and Away and feature films such as The Loved Ones (film)
Sophie Koh signed to In-Fidelity Recordings label after winning Triple J's Unearthed Contest. In 2005 she appeared on rage on the ABC TV channel. She became a successful breakthrough female artist by reaching as high as #3 on Triple J's Net 50 and remaining in the chart for 8 consecutive weeks. Her single "Anywhere" from her debut album All The Pretty Boys has been played all over Australia on Triple J radio stations and scored a slot on rage playlists in successive weeks during July and August 2005. Paul Hester played drums on her debut album.
In early 2005, Sophie Koh appeared on Australian TV show RockWiz performing her song Anywhere and then singing a duet with legendary Jimmy Little. They performed a cover of The Turtles song, "Happy Together". In 2008, she appeared on Rockwiz again. This time, the male, counterpart musician was Steve Kilbey from Australian band, The Church. The song they performed together at the end of the show was a cover of The Go Betweens, "Streets of Your Town".
Sophie has supported acts such as The Eels, The Go-Betweens, Paul Kelly, Ember Swift, Pete Murray, Alex Lloyd, Paul Dempsey, Howie Day and Tim Freedman. She was The Go-Between national support in 2006. Sophie contributed a cover of the Split Enz song "Charlie" for the double platinum album She Will Have Her Way: The Songs Of Tim & Neil Finn.
Sophie Koh's second album "All Shook Up" (produced by J Walker(Machine Translations)) was released in 2008. Sophie won the category Best Female Artist in The Age EG 2008 Music Awards. In 2009 Sophie Koh appeared on Spicks and Specks, taking over co-hosting duties from Adam Hills for a section of the show. It was the most watched ABC TV show of the year to date
In 2009, Sophie had a cameo role on Neighbours. She appeared on the show performing her single 'Anywhere' live with her band in Charlie's Bar. In 2011, Sophie began writing her third album Oh My Garden with producer Brad Wood and musician Ben Lee in Los Angeles. The Video clip for Lo-Fi was ABC RAGE 'Indie Clip of the Week' and InPress Street Mag's 'Clip of the Year 2011'. Lo-Fi Clip also voted no. 29 in RAGE's Top 50 clips of 2011. She also launched her own independent label, Crying Ninja Records.
Oh My Garden was ABC Radio Australia's 'album of the week' and her indie video clip for I Understand was featured on ABC RAGE for 5 consecutive weeks in July/August. "Lo-Fi" is a top ten finalist in 2013 International Songwriting Competition. " I Understand" won best contemporary song at Independent Music Awards (USA)
She toured China for the first time in August 2013 to rave reviews. Cities visited included Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Changsha, Wuhan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Zaozhuang, Qufu, Beijing, Chengdu and Chongqing. Supported by Arts Victoria and ThisTownTouring.
EPs and singles
- Anywhere (2005) #3 Triple J Net 50
- Silly Thing (2006) EP
- Objects In This Mirror (2008) single iTunes only
- Lo-Fi single (2011)
- I Understand single (2012)
- One thing Leads to Another single (2014) - as heard on Grey's Anatomy 80's band The Fixx cover
- She Will Have Her Way - "Charlie" (2005)
- Like A Version 2 - "Creep"(Radiohead) (2006)
- Lazy Sunday - "Silly Thing" (2006)
- Acoustic 2 - "All The Pretty Boys" (2006)
- Rockwiz - Two For The Show with Jimmy Little- "Happy Together" (2006) - DVD
- Sophie Koh Official Site
- Sophie Koh clip on JTV 'Honey I Will Buy You A Mercedes Benz'
- Sophie Koh video clip on youtube 'Anywhere'
- Sophie Koh video clip on youtube ' I Understand'
- Sophie Koh video clip on youtube ' Lo-Fi'