Sophia DeLeo takes a hard look in the mirror on her latest single and she isn’t afraid to tell us that sometimes, she still doesn’t like what she sees.
Sophia DeLeo – My Body Was My Own
‘My Body Was My Own’ is a raw, honest track, one that tackles how modern societal pressures affect young people’s sense of self-worth. It’s a song you’ll want to play back again immediately after hearing it for the first time, with vulnerable lyrics that listeners could (and should) think about for days on end.
Sophia DeLeo is very familiar with music’s ability to help us work through the pain. The NYC-based singer-songwriter first taught herself to play the guitar when she was a teenager, but it wasn’t until she experienced her first heartbreak in high school that she started writing songs of her own.
“It was the only place I felt I could express myself,” she explains. “I wrote about my life, my friendships, relationships, and difficult things I’d been through, but I kept it a secret. I thought I was going to be an actor.”
But upon graduation from college, music continued to pull DeLeo in another direction. She first gained momentum by playing live shows throughout NYC and self-releasing a string of singles. And even when COVID-19 hit, DeLeo didn’t let herself get deterred. Ever driven, she spent her time inside writing a song almost every day, teaching herself to play the banjo, and producing her own demos.
2021 saw DeLeo release her debut EP, The Boys Who Make Me Cry. Now, she’s gearing up for the release of her sophomore EP, Drama Queen, of which ‘My Body Was My Own’ is the third single.
As she notes on her song ‘Maggie Rogers,’ people have often said DeLeo’s voice is reminiscent of the folk-pop singer-songwriter. But her captivating storytelling and emotional candidness also demand comparisons to the songwriting prowess of Taylor Swift.
‘My Body Was My Own’ is a hard-hitting song, touching on the complex issues young people grapple with each day, ranging from body image to the impacts of hookup culture. But its evocative synthesizer, gentle piano, and layered acoustic guitars tug at your heartstrings, creating a simple (yet powerful) soundscape.
Be sure to give ‘My Body Was My Own’ a listen and check out Drama Queen when it releases on June 28th. DeLeo may still have days where she struggles with self-love — but she’s already won our hearts.
“Her captivating storytelling and emotional candidness demand comparisons to the songwriting prowess of Taylor Swift.”
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