Doe Paoro

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Doe Paoro
Birth name Sonia Kreitzer
Born (1984-09-19) September 19, 1984 (age 33)
Syracuse, New York, United States
Genres Indie pop, alternative dance, alternative R&B, soul
Years active 2011–present
Labels White Iris
Associated acts Peter Morén, S. Carey, Justin Vernon, Remix Artist Collective

Sonia Kreitzer (born September 19, 1984), known by her stage name Doe Paoro, is an American singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California whose ethereal sound blends elements of pop, dubstep, soul, and R&B and bears strong influence of Lhamo, a vocally acrobatic, centuries-old Tibetan folk opera tradition.[1] Her debut album, Slow to Love, which Paoro composed while isolated in a cabin near her hometown of Syracuse, New York, was released on February 14, 2012.[2][3] She was named an artist to watch by Stereogum shortly thereafter.[4]

Her second album, After, was released through ANTI- on September 25, 2015 to critical acclaim.[5]


A self-taught pianist and vocalist,[6] Paoro trained in Lhamo while traveling alone through the Himalayas. During this period, she also spent several weeks practicing silent meditation, which allowed her to reflect on the "space between silence and sound."[7] Her cover of Baltimore synthpop band Future Islands' "Little Dreamer" was released in December 2011;[8] original singles "Can't Leave You" and "Born Whole" followed in January 2012.[4] In 2013, Paoro released two songs on a 7" through White Iris Records.[9]

Paoro has performed at SXSW, Osheaga, and CMJ, as well as numerous venues throughout the U.S.[10][11][12][13] She often opens her live performances with an a cappella Tibetan prayer,[14] and credits Vipassanā meditation with having a strong influence over the themes explored in her work, which include attachment, detachment, compassion, and disconnection from the human experience.[1][15]

"Hypotheticals," Paoro's first track released through ANTI-, was featured on Season 4 of Girls.[16] NPR's All Songs Considered listed Paoro on their Six Musical Discoveries You Can't Miss list.[17]

She has been compared to Fiona Apple, James Blake, Adele, and Lykke Li, among others.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Weingarten, Christopher "Download: Doe Paoro's Untethered, Spectral Born Whole", The Village Voice, 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  2. ^ a b Bradford, Mark, "Doe Paoro" Archived April 20, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., The Recommender, 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  3. ^ Pappo, Jon "UNCHARTED: Doe Paoro", CHARTattack, 2012–03-07. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  4. ^ a b Singh, Amrit "Band to Watch: Doe Paoro", Stereogum, 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  5. ^ Oliphint, Joel, [1], Doe Paoro: After', 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  6. ^ Bialczak, Mark "Doe Paoro was inspired by Tibetan opera, trip to India", The Post Standard, 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  7. ^ aaamusic "Doe Paoro (for fans of Imgogen Heap, Lykke Li, James Blake)", AAA Music, 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  8. ^ Brooklyn Vegan "Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat & Zomes @ Bowery Ballroom (pics)", Brooklyn Vegan, 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  9. ^ "Listen to Doe Paoro’s haunting and soulful song "New Lows" - Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Doe Paoro". SXSW Schedule 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  11. ^ [2] Archived October 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "» Of Monsters and Men – Tickets – State Theatre – Portland, ME – July 30th, 2012". State Theatre Portland. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  13. ^ CMJ. "CMJ Music Marathon 2015". CMJ Music Marathon 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  14. ^ Knapp, Kelly "Soft but Strong, Doe Paoro Can Really Hold a Room", Best New Bands, 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  15. ^ Ueda, Sam "osheaga preview Q&A: Sonia Kreitzer of Brooklyn R&B project Doe Paoro" Archived March 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., The Phoenix, 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  16. ^ "Episode 39 Music - Girls - HBO". HBO. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "New Mix: Six Musical Discoveries You Can't Miss". 27 May 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 

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