This woman can sing her ass off, but that’s not all she can do. Sophia Janell (Sophia Taylor) is an actress, singer, songwriter, producer, and author from Flint, Michigan that has worked with the likes of Jeffrey Osborne, Joe, Sunshine Anderson, Jon B., Howard Hewitt, Joe Torrey, Adelle Givens, and many more! One of her latest projects is the Flint, Michigan based reality show, Rehabin The Hood. Remember her name because she is definitely one to reckon with!
Tell us about Rehabin The Hood, why it’s so important, and why we should tune in.
Rehabin The Hood is an urban styled “HGTV” type of home/hood improvement reality show. It shows my life as a Real Estate Investor. The good, the bad and the ugly. We highlight and inform viewers about the gem in their backyards that’s available for pennies on the dollar. From homes, to vacant lots, commercial properties, and even abandoned schools. Some of these properties are literally being given away or available for very little. We’re sparking an interest in the community to do simple home improvement projects, and home purchasing, but overall, RTH encourages it’s viewers to rehab their hood by being more active in their communities through volunteering at shelters, the Boys & Girls clubs, churches, neighborhood clean ups, helping senior citizens or simply spending time with your family. We’re aware that a neighborhood is only as good as the people in it, so we’re encouraging viewers to change the face of their neighborhood, through positive exchanges.
What type of feel does your new CD, Audiobiography, convey to listeners?
The new cd “Audiobiography” has a deep R&B/ Neo Soul type of vibe. It tells stories of many peoples lives and situations, delivered in a soulful, melodic style. All songs were written and produced by myself and Cory “(Co-P)” Peterson, except for “A Million Lives”, which was written and produced by myself and “Tha Porducerz.” There’s something for every music lover on this CD, guaranteed. The stories, the musical production, and the vocal delivery seems to be what everyone that hears this CD comments on. We’re getting rave reviews and they’re all so encouraging and appreciated. The Sophia Janell CD is available for sale on Itunes.com or it can be downloaded for free for a limited time only on Reverbnation.com.
Are you working on any new film or stage projects?
I’m constantly working on new projects, I’ll soon be in production for a documentary that I’ve been looking forward to filming for years now. I’m self publishing my first book right now and we’re meeting with networks about RTH. We’re in production for “Entertainment Spotlight”, a new night time talk show, which I have the pleasure of hosting, and even the better pleasure of interviewing “Dangerous Lee.”
Who are you dying to interview or work with?
I would love to interview and work with Oprah Winfrey, and motivational speaker, Tony Roberts, and also, Ryan Seacrest, and Quincy Jones, just to name a few.
Who or what inspires you most?
The city I’m from (Flint) and the people in it keeps me inspired. The trials that the city and the people have faced, inspires me to be more and do more. Everyone that’s had a hand in raising me keeps me inspired.
Throughout your singing career you have worked with various artists, but I am curious to know what it was like working with R. Kelly?
Working with R. Kelly was like going to school and studying a subject you love. He epitomizes what artistry is for this era. His gifts seems to never end. He runs a tight ship and expects the best of the artists around him. He’s quite particular about many things, and I guess, rightfully so. But overall, every show left me in awe.
Are you often tempted to leave Flint, MI to take your career to the next level or is location not a factor in your success?
I’ve been back in Flint for 3 years now. I’ve lived in Los Angeles and I came back here from Atlanta. The best part about what I do is that I can live anywhere and still accomplish what I need to. Being in Flint isn’t a factor for success or failure for me. It’s actually one of the things that keeps me driven to succeed. It’s really not where you live, it’s what you do, wherever you go. You are who you are, wherever you go.
Can you give us a rhyme?
Sure, I’ll give you one from my book, that’s soon to be released…
“Cold as a stone. Hard as a rock.
The material used for producing a spark.
Flint is the city. Runs low on pity.
Broken down many. It runs through my blood…..
As hard as I try. I still can’t deny. It shoots through my veins.
Ain’t nothing changed.
On everything I love. I hate going back. Cause back is where I’ll go.
These folks just don’t know.
I’ll protect till I die. I hold on with my life.
It’s all I live for. Sends me out of control.
In the blink of an eye. I’ll drive, I’ll fly.
Just to be right back. Staring at my future and my past.
I turn cold as stone. Buttons pushed, snap, I’m gone.
Igniting sparks of negativity.
Lighting flames of crazy fury.
I’m heading north to spread the heat.
From Atlanta to EF- EL- I- EN- TEE
Praying all the way God help me.
If he’s laid a hand on my Peachie.
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