Siv Jakobsen and Sofia are joining forces and heading over to the UK in January 2015 for a nationwide tour. The pair met in a lyric writing class whilst studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. They became fast friends.
Siv recently recorded a cover of Joni Mitchell‘s ‘River’. You can watch the enchanting video of her performing the song while the night lights of Oslo shine behind her via her YouTube channel.
Siv Jakobsen has been performing in Europe and the US since 2011, creating emotive music that doesn’t shy away from melancholy or sadness. However, there is a distinct contrast between her music and stage persona, as Siv is a naturally chirpy person, which juxtaposes beautifully with her music, making it all the more effective in a live setting. She honed her talent living in 7 by 6 foot apartment whilst living in Brooklyn which she describes as “a door with a bed”, and has on occasion been mistaken for a High School student. She is 25.
Alongside the tour, Siv will be releasing single How We Used To Love on 12th January 2015. The song actually came to be when Siv, stuck in San Francisco traffic, drove into the car in front of her in an absent minded moment. This inspired the first couple of lines in the song and became a monologue she’d never dared say out loud. The track itself is dark and ethereal, with a string arrangement and vocal that is both cinematic and heartbreaking.
Sofia is half Venezuelan and half Lebanese, giving her a wealth of influences to draw from. Both countries are considered third world, dealing with issues of violence, political turmoil and corruption. As a result she feels a sense of duty and social responsibility and considers herself an advocate for social change and World peace. She grew up heavily inspired by her Father’s taste in music, drinking in Harry Belfonte, Eric Clapton and Elvis. The first CD she owned was Celine Dion, and she doesn’t care who knows it.
Her debut EP, Once Upon A Time, was released in March 2014, and was recorded after a long battle with Crohn’s disease in her third year at college. She wanted the songs to represent her story, hence the EP’s title – after all, all songwriters are story tellers.
Press passes are available for Siv Jakobsen and Sofia’s UK shows for the following dates:
14th January – Hootananny – London
15th January – Big Comfy Bookshop – Coventry
18th January – Trove Cafe – Manchester
19th January – Gaslight Club – Leeds
21st January – The Zanzibar Club – Liverpool
22nd January – The Musician – Leicester
23rd January – ORT Cafe – Birmingham
24th January – Marwood – Brighton
28th January – Troubadour – London