First Listen: Sophia Bromberg is spicy on "Chili"

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    (May 27, 2024) More than a decade before she appeared on NBC’s The Voice, a 5-year-old Sophia Bromberg was preparing to exude her musical vote of confidence through her vocals, guitar and piano.  While neo-soul and R&B runs in the artistic veins through heroes like Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill, Bromberg’s songwriting packs some punches, including the romantic tension of “Lately” and “Champions of Change,” a 2023 Grammy nominated Best Song for Social Change. 

    A part of the SoulTracks family since 2021 featuring First Listens “Sesame” and “Lately,” the San Francisco, CA native continues climbing the ladder with her musical achievements.  Balancing her career and studies at U.C. Berkley, Bromberg currently plays with her own band in the Bay area. 

    (May 27, 2024) More than a decade before she appeared on NBC’s The Voice, a 5-year-old Sophia Bromberg was preparing to exude her musical vote of confidence through her vocals, guitar and piano.  While neo-soul and R&B runs in the artistic veins through heroes like Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill, Bromberg’s songwriting packs some punches, including the romantic tension of “Lately” and “Champions of Change,” a 2023 Grammy nominated Best Song for Social Change. 

    A part of the SoulTracks family since 2021 featuring First Listens “Sesame” and “Lately,” the San Francisco, CA native continues climbing the ladder with her musical achievements.  Balancing her career and studies at U.C. Berkley, Bromberg currently plays with her own band in the Bay area. 

    While waiting on her debut E.P., spice, First Listen brings back Bromberg for an edgy relationship scenario, “Chili.” And she takes full charge as producer and multi-instrumentalist shaping the storyline into a calming, jazzy soundscape with juicy guitar licks and a mid-tempo groove base. 

    As for the narration, Bromberg’s breezy, well-paced vocals and silky scatting sets up a recipe for the surefire sexy with lots of spice, blended with doses of frustration brewing thru a brief but critical rap:  “Now hold up let me run this recipe back/When did it call for two cups of your crap/Stirring the pot in the wrong direction/Intersection/Tell me do we have a connection.”

    Now long past The Voice days, Bromberg’s notable musical tools and forthright songwriting will continue to generate more fans, especially when spice hits the streets.  Check out ‘Chili.”

    By Peggy Oliver

     Sophia Bromberg - "Spice"