Sophie Kilburn is a Derbyshire born singer, songwriter who merges melancholic pop with fiery indie-angst. Her bold sonic fusion of old-school rocker & modern pop warrior is inspired by Alt-Pop heroes like Haim, Boygenius, PJ Harvey & Fleetwood Mac, with a heavy emphasis on lyrics & storytelling.
From releasing “alt-indie banger” (Fame Magazine) Indigo Fever and “driving pop-anthem” (Complex UK) Broke, Sophie has received global recognition as an “undeniable songwriting talent” (XS Noize), as well as backing from BBC Introducing and Mahogany Sessions. Sophie soon followed with her stripped back & intimate single Call Home, premiering in Clash as "something special", leading to her playing Amazing Radio's virtual CMJ Festival alongside Declan McKenna, Beabadoobee and Wolf Alice, plus being named 'Best of 2020' by Chalk Pit Records.
In 2021, Sophie released her debut EP My Room Made Public, digging emotionally deep to question how much of our lives should we really share? The project included driving indie-pop banger ‘Movements’ that featured on Flux FM (Berlin) New Music Radar Show and Get In Her Ears (Hoxton Radio) as their ‘one to watch’.
Last year, Sophie released her second EP Not Bitter, Just Bored, starting with self-love and reflective anthem 'Afterthought' and emotionally intelligent fuck you song for masses, '20%'. 'Afterthought' premiered in Notion as an “effortlessly catchy track that transforms dark memories into classic pop catharsis”. The single also charted in Amazing Pop and was featured in the New Female Voices on Amazing Radio UK/US. 20% landed East Midlands BBC Introducing Track of Week being called ‘a phenomenal track’. The full EP dropped late last year alongside a sold out launch show at The Grace, London. The EP was again praised by BBC Introducing landing three Track of the Weeks, playlisted on the Student Union Network's top pick list, as well as featured in The Independent ‘Now Hear This’ alongside Maggie Rogers & Rina Sawayama.
2023 kicked off with the opening of the Access All Areas series curated by John Kennedy at Radio X, leading to a live Radio X session where John Kennedy hailed her ‘as an amazing singer, an amazing songwriter’. Live Sophie has supported the likes of Declan McKenna, Steven Page & Moa Moa plus Shirley Collins MBE at Camden Roundhouse.
Sophie has recently headlined Sebright Arms in London and will be performing at Black 22 for prestigious promoter Golden Slippers before the year is up. 2024 is set to be a killer year for Sophie Kilburn.
“An instantly magnetic and distinctive sound”
“Sophie is an artist that gives hit after hit, she is without doubt an artist to get excited about.”
Dean Jackson – BBC Introducing
“Sophie Kilburn is something special.”
"She’s following in the footsteps of massive genre successes like Haim and Phoebe Bridgers"