Sofia Tarasova

Sofia Mikhaylivna Tarasova (Ukrainian: Софія Михайлівна Тарасова; born 31 March 2001) is a Ukrainian singer and actress. Tarasova represented Ukraine at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with her song "We Are One". She placed 2nd with 121 points.

Sofia Tarasova
Софія Тарасова
Sofia Tarasova in 2016
Sofia Tarasova in 2016
Background information
Birth nameSofia Mikhaylivna Tarasova
Born (2001-03-31) 31 March 2001 (age 21)
Kyiv, Ukraine
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2006–present

In October 2020, she became a member of the new line-up of the long-running Ukrainian girl group VIA Gra.

Early lifeEdit

Sofia Tarasova was born on 31 March 2001 in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, to Russian parents from Saint Petersburg. She began to display vocal talents at the age of two and a half, whereupon her perfect pitch ensured her entrance into a group for gifted children at the prestigious Reinhold M. Gliere Music College in her hometown.[1] Subsequently, 4-year old Tarasova successfully passed an examination to enter the preparatory division of the Academy of Arts, allowing her to study in the fields of music, choreography and art. Moreover, at age 6, Tarasova joined the "Chunga-Changa" show theatre, which provided the singer with acting classes and the opportunity to perform leading roles in musicals. In a 2013 biography, the singer stated "Gerda" in The Snow Queen was a favourite theatrical role.[2] At ten, she entered the "PARADIZ" centre, where she, as of 2013, took place for tuition in voice, choreography, modelling and acting.[3]

Musical careerEdit

2012: The Voice of Ukraine Junior, Junior Eurovision 2012 and Euro Pop Contest 2012Edit

In 2012, Tarasova won "Holos.Dity", the children's edition of the Ukrainian version of The Voice and on the same year, she also took part in the Ukrainian national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song "Zhityeviy Pazl" (Puzzle of life), but was not chosen to represent the nation.[4] Tarasova also represented her country for the first time at the Euro Pop Contest, a singing contest held in Berlin, Germany that has a similar format to the Eurovision Song Contest.[5]

2013: New Wave Junior, Eurovision Music Academy and Junior Eurovision 2013Edit

 
Sofia Tarasova during a rehearsal at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013

Tarasova won the VI International Pop Performers Competition "New Wave Junior" in 2013 and on the same year, she also won the "Eurovision Music Academy".[4] On 2 August 2013, Sofia competed in the Ukrainian selection for the 2013 contest with her song "We Are One," finishing first in a field of 20 candidates, winning the right to represent her nation.[6] Tarasova's song placed 2nd with 121 points.

2014: "Ver' mne" and Euro Pop Contest 2014Edit

In late April 2014, Sofia Tarasova released a new original song called "Ver' mne" (Believe me).[7] The music video was released on 21 May 2014. Tarasova was chosen to read the points for Ukraine at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Marsa, Malta on 15 November.[citation needed]

Tarasova competed for the second time at the Euro Pop Contest and on 1 December 2014 she won first place for the 10–13 category.[8] She was to be a member of the Ukrainian jury for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, but withdrew due to personal reasons.[9][10]

2018: The VoiceEdit

In October 2018, Tarasova decided to compete in season 7 of Golos, the Russian version of The Voice. She performed "I'm Your Baby Tonight" by Whitney Houston, leading all four coaches to press their "I WANT YOU" button. After receiving feedback from the coaches, Tarasova selected Team Konstantin. In the Battle round, Tarasova competed against Ekaterina Korotkova for their joint cover of "Obiymy" (Обiйми; lit. Embrace) by Okean Elzy. Tarasova won the battle, thus reaching the knockouts. During the knockout performance, Tarasova sang "Ty otpusti" (Ты отпусти; lit. You let go) by Tina Karol and later qualified for the live shows. During the quarterfinal, Tarasova sang "Amerikanskaya zhena" (Американская жена; lit. American wife) from the movie Stilyagi. Tarasova again qualified for the next round. In the semi-final, she performed "We Are the World" by USA for Africa. Despite positive feedback from the coaches, Tarasova was eliminated from the semi-final.

2019Edit

She started performing under the pseudonym SOFA and released three singles "Мы стоим у воды" (We're standing by the water), "Киев-Москва" (Kiev-Moscow), and "Харизма" (Charisma).

2020Edit

Released two singles "Не обижай меня" (Don't hurt me) and the feature song "Одуванчиков поле" (Dandelion Field)

On November 6, Tarasova joined the Ukrainian pop group VIA Gra.[11]

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

SoloEdit

Year Title English translation Album
2012 "Zhityeviy pazl" Puzzle of life Non-album singles
2013 "We Are One"
"Zminyty vse" To change everything
"Bryunetki krasche" Brunettes are more pretty
2014 "Ver' mne" Believe me
"Happy End"
2015 "Vos'moe chudo" Eighth wonder
"Neba dozhdi" Heaven's rain
2016 "Sestra" Sister
"Letet' vysoko"[12] Fly high
"Everybody"[13]
"Forever Young"[14]
"Doshi" Rain
2017 "V glaza"[15] In your eyes
2018 "Leave Me Alone"

As featured artistEdit

Year Title English translation Album
2014 "Mir bez voyny" (with Respublika Kids and Open Kids) World without wars Non-album singles

With Nu Virgos

Year Title English translation Album
2020 Рикошет Ricochet Non-album singles
2021 Антигейша

Родниковая Вода

Манекен

Antigeisha

Rodnikovaya Voda

Maneken

Non-album singles

Music videosEdit

  • 2014 – Ver' mne
  • 2014 – Zminyty vse
  • 2014 – We Are One (English version only)
  • 2014 – Mir bez voyny (with members of Respublika Kids and Open Kids)
  • 2016 – Letet' vysoko
  • 2018 – Leave Me Alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "JESC interview: Sofia Tarasova – Ukraine". 6 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Sofia Tarasova – Ukraine – Kyiv 2013". junioreurovision.tv.
  3. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: SOFIA TARASOVA INTERVIEW (2013)". Archived from the original on 1 May 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Sofia Tarasova – We Are One (Ukraine)".
  5. ^ "Sofia Tarasova – Baby (EPC 2012)". www.youtube.com/. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Sofia Tarasova wins in Ukraine".
  7. ^ Parker, Steph (23 May 2014). "Sofia Tarasova – Ver' Mne / Believe Me". songaday.stephpar.me/. Stephpar Songaday. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  8. ^ "EPC 2014: Die Gewinnerliste". www.facebook.com/europopcontest/. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  9. ^ Deakin, Samuel (29 April 2017). "EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2017: THE JURY". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix.
  10. ^ Granger, Anthony (13 May 2017). "ESC'17: JURY MEMBERS IN FOUR COUNTRIES CHANGED". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix.
  11. ^ ВИА ГРА — «Рикошет». Вечерний Ургант. Фрагмент выпуска от 06.11.2020 (in Russian), 1tv.ru, retrieved 2 February 2022
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  13. ^ "Stephpar's Song A Day". songaday.stephpar.me. Archived from the original on 8 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Stephpar's Song A Day". songaday.stephpar.me. Archived from the original on 8 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Stephpar's Song A Day". songaday.stephpar.me. Archived from the original on 8 July 2019.