SHOWTIMES: 7:30PM AND 9:30PM. Sofia is a drummer and composer residing in Nashville, TN. Before enrolling at Berklee College of music for her Bachelor’s, Sofia was fortunate to learn and perform with grammy award winning artist Esperanza Spalding in a Berklee summer program jazz ensemble. Esperanza’s encouragement inspired Sofia to perfect her craft. After graduating Berklee, Sofia moved to Nashville. In Nashville, Sofia’s resume grew and she worked as a freelance musician and teacher. Tony Rounce of Ace Records said this about her playing at the Poretta Soul Festival:”There isn’t enough time to do full justice to the qualities of every member of Heart & Soul, but it would be wrong not the spotlight the unit’s brilliant drummer Sofia Goodman, whose drive and precision across 5-6 hours behind her kit each night put her in a class with any of the world’s great soul drummers, from Al Jackson Jr., Howard Grimers and Roger Hawkins to Benny Benjamin, James Gadson and beyond.”
In 2017, she began leading her own group, The Sofia Goodman Group, a group that fuses various genres within jazz. They have performed at various festivals such as The Elkhart Jazz Fest (2x), The Alex City Jazz Fest, USM Jazz and Blues Fest, Fort Harrod Jazz Fest (3x), West Georgia Jazz Fest, and more. Currently she is accompanied by Troy Atkins on saxophones, Alex Murphy on piano, Serah Zhannell on percussion, Rheal Janelle on guitar and Leland Nelson on bass. Her debut album “Myriad of Flowers” was released in 2018 and was nominated by The Nashville Music Industry Awards for Best Jazz album of 2019. In 2020, Sofia was nominated by The Nashville Music Industry Awards for Best Jazz Instrumentalist. In 2021, she earned her Master’s Degree in Commercial Music Composition and Media Writing at Belmont University. Recently, she won the Pathways to Jazz Grant to fund her work on her sophomore album, Secrets of the Shore, which is planned to be released in the summer of 2022. She is a Zildjian artist and is on the Vic Firth Education Team, and is dedicated to passing down her craft to future generations.