Sophia Rankin
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Sophia Rankin

Tucson, Arizona, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019

Tucson, Arizona, United States
Established on Jan, 2019
Band Folk Alternative




"Unplugged and Raw"

"...One artist being featured at UA Unplugged is Sophia Rankin, a second-year music integrated studies major. Her love of music began when she was very young, stemming from playing the piano with her grandfather who had Alzheimer’s disease. She was able to connect to him through music, according to Rankin.

"Learning to play classical music on the piano and being exposed to different kinds of music growing up led her to find a love for songwriting.

"'I always just had these ideas that would float around in my head, and I didn’t really know what it meant until around middle school or high school when I really started putting words to paper,' Rankin said.

"Rankin began performing in local shows, including the Tucson Folk Festival and charity events around Tucson, when she was 15 years old. She came across UA Unplugged after searching for events like the Tucson Folk Festival and hearing about UA Unplugged through the Fred Fox School of Music.

"Rankin has also opened for other UA concerts, Bear Down Music Festival and Spring Fling. Rankin does covers of her favorite songs and recently started performing original pieces.

"'[UA Unplugged] wants you to come out and do whatever you want to do,” Rankin said. “It’s kind of the environment that it’s okay to come out and sing a song that no one will ever know'..." - Daily Wildcat

"Song Fest showcases young songwriters"

"A dozen aspiring songwriters showed off their talents on Saturday during the fifth annual Tucson Desert Song Festival songwriting competition at the UA's Holsclaw Hall.

"Songwriters from 8 to 18 penning everything from a capella odes to a late grandmother (8-year-old Phaedra Farbrook) to a skat lamenting the stupidity of people on the Internet (18-year-old Andrew McDonald) competed for cash prizes from $50 to $100. Winners were selected by age group. Winners included Rowa Brack, 11, a sixth-grader at Orange Grove Middle School, first prize in the elementary; and Sophia Rankin, 17, a senior at Catalina Foothills High School, first place in the high school division...

"Sophia, who performed the country song 'Goodbye' with Inge Pham-Swann, was the most veteran performer on Saturday's stage. Sophia is a regular at various community events from the Firefighters Chili Cookoff to the annual Tucson Folk Festival..." - Arizona Daily Star

"UA senior makes list of faves as she's starting to make a name for herself"

"Tucson native Sophia Rankin went to a Brandi Carlile concert when she was 9 years old and was so mesmerized she made up her mind then and there: She was going to be a singer.

"It took her eight years, but when Rankin was 17 years old, the Catalina-Foothills High graduate hopped on the stage at the Tucson Folk Festival and officially launched her career.

"Today, the 20-year-old University of Arizona senior, who has already recorded a couple of albums, is a regular at the Folk Festival and several other music events around town, including the UA’s Spring Fling and UA Unplugged.

"And she’s making a bunch of fans along the way. When the Star last month asked readers about their favorite Tucson artists, Rankin was mentioned several times, including by her UA sorority sisters at Chi Omega.

"Rankin balances being a full-time college student majoring in the business side of the music industry with her live performances around the region. Last weekend, she was on the lineup of the Monsoon Music Festival at Wisdom’s Cafe in Tumacácori; next weekend she plays a show at Wisdom’s sister location in Tubac.

"'I prioritize my deadlines and I get all of my homework done before I commit to anything, but I have to make time for music in order to keep my sanity,' Rankin said. 'Some days, music has to take a backseat to my other obligations on campus and my schoolwork, but I always make the extra effort to sit down and write and practice every day.'

"Rankin began professionally performing at the Tucson Folk Festival, which has now become an annual event for her. She has performed all over Tucson, from the Bear Down Music Festival to the Firefighters Chili Cook-Off. And she’s won some songwriting contests along the way, including first place at the Tucson Desert Song Festival in 2017 and the TKMA Stefan George Memorial Songwriting Competition in 2018.

"Rankin’s parents played a major part in motivating her to pursue music, but it was her grandfather who inspired her.

"'My Papa battled Alzheimer’s for over a decade, and music was the only thing that could make him present and aware of his surroundings,' Rankin said.

"Rankin said she wants to pursue music, including performing, recording and songwriting, but she does have a Plan B: she’s majoring in music business. This year, she is getting hands-on experience on the other side of the mic as an intern with the Jeff Haskell Recording Studio, which is part of the Fred Fox School of Music.

“'It sounds unrealistic, but something only becomes unattainable the second you lose hope and give up,' Rankin said.

"Rankin’s Wisdom’s Dos show in Tubac takes place from 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 11. The cafe is located at 4 Plaza Road in Tubac." - Arizona Daily Star


Reverie -- original album (2016)

  • Midnight
  • Chained
  • Four Years (feat. Gabe Lehrer)
  • Move On
  • Time and time Again
  • Before
  • Ashes All Fall (A Song for John)
  • Goodbye (feat. Inge-Pham-Swann & Gabe Lehrer)
Before I Get to One -- Single (2017)

SOLACE -- original album (2018)
  • Go My Way
  • Lose My Mind
  • Before We Bend (feat. Kalvin Jarvis)
  • (My) Detriment
  • Stars
  • Before I Get to One
  • Consequences (The Ride)
  • The Bends
  • Indiana
  • Pretty Boy
  • Just Another Number
  • Down (feat. Inge-Pham-Swann)
  • Locked in Eden



Sophia Rankin is a Folk Rock singer/songwriter from Tucson, AZ who has won two songwriting competitions in her songwriting career. She took first place in the 2017 Tucson Desert Song Festival with her song "Goodbye," as well as first place (with "Goodbye" and "Before I Get to One") in the 2018 acclaimed Stefan George Songwriting Contest at the annual Tucson Folk Festival. After years of working as a solo artist, she has formed a band with members that bring forth different backgrounds of music and blend genres together with their common Folk music interests in order to create a unique Folk Rock / Alternative sound. Their performances include the Tucson Folk Festival, Dusk Music Festival, Monsoon Music Festival, Nova Bowl events, and more. Their upcoming performances and announcements can be found at

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