Sophia Alone – Is Right Now

Posted: March 27, 2014 in Indie Pop Music
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This blog is dedicated to spotlighting select songs of independent or small-label artists. These songs can often (but not always) be characterized as pop music, encompassing its many sub-genres. However, none of these songs can be classified as “Top 40” (or any sub-genre thereof) typically heard on American radio and television. Proving that good, quality pop music is available…you just have to be willing to search for it or know where to find it. This blog takes away all of the work and leads the reader/listener straight to the discovery and enjoyment. The ultimate goal, of course, is to bring these “unknown” artists to the attention of the general public and give them well-deserved attention.

Song in the Spotlight: “Is Right Now” (Sophia Alone, from Heart and a Half (2014))

Genre:  Pop Rock

Review:  With a French mother and Moroccan father (but spending much of her childhood in the United States), it’s no surprise that Sophia Alone writes music which incorporates these disparate elements.  What is surprising is her ability to insert a deft touch here and there of her familial, musical influences…in other words, she doesn’t overwhelm with Berber or Chaabi folk music (and, yes, TuneTraveller resorted to Wikipedia for those references), although she definitely exudes a certain vocal style reminiscent of a French chantreuse.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, “Is Right Now” is decidedly American pop rock.  The song hits the right emotional chords when driving home the realization, the loneliness and frustration, that a relationship has seen better days.  Heart and a Half is impressive in its entirety, but “Is Right Now” is the stand-out track.  Give it a spin and then download it today.  TuneTraveller thinks it’ll be in your player on repeat for months to come.  Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Artist Bio:  Sophia Bouhaddou (translated into English as “Alone”) is a Los Angeles, CA-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Song available on:, and  Here’s a link to the full version of the song:

Artist Pedigree:  Sophia Bouhaddou is the lead singer of the Soul/R&B/Pop band Sophia Bouhaddou Music and also sings in a couple of cover bands.  This is her first release as a solo artist.

Artist Releases:  Heart and a Half (2014).

Artist Web Site:

Web Presence:, and

Video:  None.

Disclaimer: TuneTraveller makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property reserved to the artist and/or record label. All links are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. Any mistakes in content are the sole responsibility of TuneTraveller.

  1. I couldn’t agree more! “I Won’t Be Call You” is my favorite, but this song is definitely in my top 3 on the album. This girl is crazy talented and I’m looking forward to seeing her star rise.

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