Sophie Koh

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Sophie Koh
OriginMelbourne, Australia
GenresAlternative Pop
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active2000–present
LabelsIndependent (Crying Ninja Records)
MembersPhil Collings, Ivan Jakic,Tim Reid, D. Rogers, Dave Kleynjans

Sophie Koh is a singer and songwriter based in Australia.


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. She launched her debut album, All The Pretty Boys in 2005. She released her follow-up album, All Shook Up, in 2008. The album was produced by J. Walker (Machine Translations). Her latest album, Oh My Garden, was recorded in Los Angeles 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. She got her LMusA (Licentiate in Music Australia, a diploma) when she was just 16 years old and later spent her early years majoring in classical piano at Melbourne Conservatory of Music. She will release her 4th studio album Book Of Songs in 2017, which features few songs sung in Mandarin and is produced by J. Walker. The new album sees Sophie crossover into a more indie-classical world.


Sophie Koh signed to In-Fidelity Recordings label after winning Triple J's Unearthed contest. She became a breakthrough female artist, reaching No 3 on Triple J's Net 50 and remaining in the chart for 8 consecutive weeks. Paul Hester played drums on her debut album All the Pretty Boys.

In 2005, Sophie Koh appeared on Australian TV show RocKwiz performing her song "Anywhere" and singing a duet with Jimmy Little. They performed a The Turtles song, "Happy Together". In 2008, she appeared on RocKwiz again. This time, the male, counterpart musician was Steve Kilbey from The Church. They performed 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 Greg J Walker (Machine Translations)) led her to win Best Female Artist at The Age EG 2008 Music Awards.[1]

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 2009[2] The same year, Sophie had a cameo role on Neighbours, performing "Anywhere" with her live band in Charlie's Bar.

In 2011, Sophie released her third studio album Oh My Garden with producer Brad Wood and musician Ben Lee. The video for Lo-Fi was ABC RAGE "Indie Clip of the Week" and InPress Street Mag's "Clip of the Year 2011". Lo-Fi was also voted RAGE's Top 50 clips of 2011. She also launched her own independent label, Crying Ninja Records.

Sophie is an awarded songwriter, including Best Contemporary Song at Independent Music Awards (USA) for "I Understand" and top ten finalist in International Songwriting Competition for "Lo-Fi". Both songs co-written with Ben Lee and Brad Wood. She toured China for the first time in 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.



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