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Meet Sophia Wackerman of American Idol Season 18


Sophia Wackerman, a UCLA jazz student, at her audition for American Idol Season 18

Sophia Wackerman, a UCLA jazz student, at her audition for American Idol Season 18

American Idol returns for Season 18 on Sunday, Feb. 16.

Among the singers who have announced they auditioned is Sophia Wackerman.

Here’s more about Sophia.

* She’s a second-year student at UCLA, majoring in global jazz studies.

* In a UCLA artist spotlight, she says she was born in Australia, but moved to the U.S. at age 4. She considers Long Beach home.

* She grew up in a musical family. Her father was a drummer; her mother was a singer.

* She studied piano and theater and says she started dabbling with songwriting at a young age, though it wasn’t until she was high school that she started “digging deep into it.”

* Sophia was also part of a grand champion show choir at Los Alamitos High School and was named best female soloist competing with SoundFX at the Fame Show Choir competition in New York City.

* During an extended break between the end of high school and her first semester at UCLA, she recorded her debut single — the impressive “Stop Your Lying” — in her dad’s home recording studio. Check it out below.

* At UCLA, she is part of the ScatterTones, an a capella group. You can check out the group’s performance at the 2019 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella here. Sophia has a solo.

* Sophia describes her own music as “honest” and a “rock, soul, pop fusion.”

* “There’s no way you can make a five- or 10-year place with music because it’s so unpredictable,” she says in that UCLA spotlight video. “My future plan is to do music in whatever way, shape or form I possibly can … and have my music touch people in healing ways.”

Keep checking back. More Season 18 profiles will follow.

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1 Comment

  1. Dennis April 12, 2020 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Sophia I hope this song is in the future on show for mom and the moody Blues Nights In White Satan kill it win show

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