The UK’s own pop sensation Sophie is already a No.1-selling artist in Malta and Aruba, a popularity that has seen the 16-year-old’s website receive up to 40,000 hits a day. She is now looking to build on this status and is currently writing songs together with producer Elton Zarb, with Grammy nominee Andy Jackson on hand for mastering. She is available for record and management deals.
The release of Sophie Debattista's debut single ‘The Clapping Song’ was covered by Maltese leading magazine ‘The Sunday Circle’ in 2009. The single hit the Malta radio charts and managed to clock up a record 3 weeks at number 1 on The Music News Malta Chart Show, or People’s Music Charts as it is more affectionately known.
The success led to a wave of appearances on local radio and TV. Sophie was invited to appear at the national premiere event for the ‘Hannah Montana’ movie and also guest starred at the Diet Coke Malta Fashion Awards, an occasion attended by a sell out crowd of 5,000 people.
‘The Clapping song’ was then released in UK where it succeeded in breaking into the International eXpat Chart, leading to coverage across Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and The Middle East. The song managed to reach Number 7 and then remained in the Top 40 Chart for a further 10 weeks.
Follow up single, K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid), written by Sophie and Elton, appeared in July. The song also proved hugely popular with the Maltese, topping the People’s Music Chart and remaining at number 1 for three consecutive weeks.
During the same weekend Sophie was invited to appear at both the Coca Cola Malta Music Festival and the Farsons Great Beer Festival. British newspaper the Daily Star featured her profile in their entertainment section ‘Playlist’ and Bliss Magazine published a double page spread about her life, headlined ‘15, famous and dumped on Facebook’.
The summer also saw Sophie invited to pay homage to Michael Jackson as part of a tribute concert organised by XFM 100.2 and featuring several top 10 Maltese artists. The concert proved to be a major event, drawing in crowds of 10,000 people.
The ‘K.I.S.S.’ single was described by the Daily Star as, "A massive portion of 90s pop topped with glitter sprinklings!" Sal Amato from Chicago based 1Club.fm said, "It reminds me of The Ting Tings - only much much better!" Music-news.com called it “infectious”, Bliss Magazine described Sophie as a “fantastic performer”, while the Nottingham Post uncovered her Midlands connection and penned a feature about Sophie in tribute.
‘K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)’ has now been played in the USA, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia, receiving various power plays and song of the week titles. Sophie was Artist of the Week at Heart FM on the Costa del Sol in Spain and on VIVA FM in Belgium. Skyrock.com, the 4th biggest online music website in France, placed her profile in its Top 5 music blogs.
October saw ‘K.I.S.S.’ hit number 1 in the Caribbean island of Aruba and remain there for 2 consecutive weeks. Following this excitement more news came in of chart positions in Germany, with a new entry at number 6 on the eXpat chart and a number 5 in Tyrol.
All this came amidst news that her website server had crashed several times due to traffic overload caused by totallysophie.com receiving up to 40,000 hits per day. “I really had to pinch myself a lot when all the news was coming in from all over the place. My phone would not stop ringing, one minute the call was from The Caribbean, the next from UK, then it was from Cyprus. It was so unbelievably exciting”, she comments.
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