‘Beautiful, talented and extremely passionate about music’ would be the best way to describe musical sensation, Sophia Brown.
Kingston, Jamaica … Five years after she suffered potentially life-threatening injuries in a car crash in the United States, Jamaican singer Sophia Brown, with a Grammy in mind, is set to release her fourth studio album, Bad for Me, on April 29, 2022.
“I wanted this, my fourth studio album, to be something spectacular. I want to look at it as one of my greatest works. I find I am more mature as an artist, as a producer and I tend to stick to the fine line where music and creativity are concerned,” Brown says of the completed project.
Ever since she released her first official single Love You Pure in 2008, Brown has become known internationally as one of Jamaica’s leading purveyors of classy, reggae soul songs that have won her a strong global following, especially among the Diaspora.
Videos of her songs are aired regularly on World Reggae TV, Fox Italy, RETV and TEMPO.
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Songs like Am Weak for You, Spotlight and I am a Rose have become hallmarks of her career to date. Her previous albums are The Spotlight (2009), Catch Me if You Can (2012) and Change (2017).
However, a near-fatal accident in Maryland in July 2017, threatened to derail her career for almost three years before she was once again able to resume recording. Now fully healed, she is back with her latest project that offers more of what her fans have come to love but with some extra spice.
Bad for Me will be released on Brown’s MusicMecka label and comprises an eclectic mix of songs that include My Religion, a collaboration with Duane Stephenson, Stronger (2020), Baby When You Left (2020), and the title track, Bad for Me, that was released in February 2022.
Except for the Sydney Mills-produced Baby When You Left, Brown takes production credits for all the other songs on the album that will be distributed by Zojak Worldwide.
Brown reveals that there is a mix of several genres on the album. “People know me to sing love songs but we have some social commentary, we have Dancehall, and we have House. I have broadened my horizons on this album, something for everyone, that is also desirable for airplay on any station,” she says.
She poured her all into this latest work because she wanted her fans to get the Brown they’ve come to know and love. “I am a perfectionist in that sense because I like to know that whatever I am creating the world will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it,” she says.
Brown harbours lofty ambitions for Bad for Me. With this in mind, Zojakworldwide has the task of getting the album to every corner of the globe, a strategy used to great effect back when she released Catch Me If You Can in 2012.
“No country will be left untouched because I did that with the 2012 album, Catch Me If You Can, and I realized that is when I got into the preliminary rounds to being nominated for the Grammys. I never left any area untouched with promotion, so I am looking forward to doing this along with the Diaspora and the Caribbean,” she said.
“I want to spread the word globally when it comes on to this particular project. We have gone through a pandemic and we have used music to help soothe the world and, basically, I just want to send this out universally.”
The affable singer and her handlers have planned several promotional shows in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States and an accompanying video for the title track is being readied for a simultaneous release with the album.