“There is nothing subdued or faint about this new single titled “Whisper in the Dark” as Sophie and Alex Dorsten solidify their status as bona fide artists in this music industry. The secret is out that “Whisper in the Dark” is no joke and will make true believers out of you and I...” - Jimmy Rae
Award winning, international recording artist 'Dorsten' is an Indie/Folk/Rock brother-sister band from the Phoenix area.
In March 2022 Sophie and Alex had the opportunity to travel to London, England to record at both RAK Studios and Abbey Road Studios, Studio Two. They were also able to perform at several amazing venues in the London area. Dorsten was also able to join Haley Johnsen's tour in the Pacific Northwest in June 2022 - all thanks to their wonderful team with WorldSound and American Artiste.
Dorsten has been performing together for years and has opened for national touring acts and at many festivals. They work well together as you can hear on their songs - the lyrics, music, creativity, and production are beyond their years.
Both Alex and Sophie have won several awards including Best American Indie Act 2021 from Radio WigWam, World Songwriting Award for Best Music Production (Until June), Best Indie Song ('Sea Salt') and Best Indie song ('Until June') for the Fall 2021 awards and Spring 2022 Clouzine International Music awards for best AltZ song ('Butterflies') She also was the runner up for the Radio WigWam Online Radio Awards for Best Female Artist 2020.
“An ethereal voice that just pierces through the fabric of reality... ...the lyrics are nothing short of genius! Very good word play and very descriptive lyrics that easily conveys Sophie's emotions, supported by Alex's amazing production and arrangement."
Sinusoidal Music, November 2022
Sophie has been a part of Alice Cooper's Solid Rock teen center for the past several years by giving vocal lessons as well as performing at big events held. Sophie even performed back up vocals with Alice Cooper at a press release party at the teen center - what a blast!
Dorsten's music is regularly played on on-line radio around the world including Radio TFSC, Radio WigWam, Heart of Indie, OrangeHat Radio, Pluto Radio, and so many more; as well as local radio KWSS 93.9 , azlive.com and more!
Venues Performed At
Dorsten has performed at:
Marquee Theatre Crescent Ballroom Last Exit Live Rhythm Room PianoSmithfield, London Tempe Center for the Arts EDGE Happy Hour The Rebel Lounge Mesa Art Center The Van Buren Celebrity Theatre Valley Bar Pho Cao The Lost Leaf Folklore Hoxton, London Season Kickoff Festival-Mesa Art Center KWSS Spring/Fall Fundraisers The Super Bowl Experience 2023 Copper Blues Live Grand Central Coffee Co. The Listening Room High Dive, Seattle Mississippi Studios, Portland Queen Creek Olive Mill Garage-East SoZo CoffeeHouse Axiom Gallery Alice Cooperstown Duck and Decanter Whiskey Row Gilbert Side Pony Express Music Festival, Bisbee The Pressroom Postinos Gilbert Peacock Wine Bar Tempe Marketplace Desert Botanical Gardens Mesa Music Fest Tempe Festival of the Arts Goodyear Lakeside Music Festival Rattlers Pre-Game Event Hard Rock Cafe Barnone RAT Race event Harvey American Public House Tom Ryan's Bourbon Jacks Windmill Winery Javalina Leap Winery The Sandbar SocialBox JoJo CoffeeHouse The Monroe City of Mesa Lightrail Groundbreaking Paradise Valley Community College ASU MU Alice Coopers Solid Rock Gilbert Off-Street Art Festival OdySea Aquarium Monterey Court - Tucson The Farm at South Mountain Larsen Art Gallery Dos Gringos Femme Fest-The Nile Underground Market on Main Emerge Futures Festival-Mesa Art Center
Articles & Reviews
This is amazing - please take a moment and read this beautiful review of 'Whisper in the Dark' by Jimmy Rae on Skope Magazine
"There is nothing subdued or faint about this new single titled “Whisper in the Dark” as Sophie and Alex Dorsten solidify their status as bona fide artists in this music industry. The secret is out and that is that “Whisper in the Dark” is no joke and will make true believers out of you and I.."
I wish I could just copy the whole review here so I put the first and last line - please read it all! Thank you Sinusoidal Music!
"An ethereal voice that just pierces through the fabric of reality..." "...the lyrics are nothing short of genius! Very good word play and very descriptive lyrics that easily convey Sophie’s emotions, supported by Alex’s amazing production and arrangement."
Thank you so much Javier (jpgchief) for this great review!
"The depth and emotion sung into the lines by Sophie makes the single really captivating...
To further instill the toxic and dark theme of the song, Sophie created very fitting cover art for it. Drawing inspiration from old horror and mystery novel covers, the song’s cover art has everything – the vulnerable me-character out in the open, the eery surroundings and most importantly, the barely visible hooded figure with undeniably malicious intents never too far away..."
Makes my heart so happy! Check it out! Thank you!
"We immediately appreciate the authenticity that they share, and Sophie’s vocal performance is simply out-of-this-world, cohesively fused with intricate and expansive instrumentation. The duo cite Eleni Drake, Billie Eilish, From Indian Lakes, and Norah Jones as influences, although it is clear that Sophie Dorsten and Alex Dorsten are creating a sonic universe of their own..."
Love this amazing review by EDMRekords - please check it out!
"Stunning, creative, soothing, and an all-around perfect song to just have on your cruising playlist, "Mountain Song" is one incredible production by these siblings that’ll live on forever."
A beautiful of review of 'Mountain Song' - please take a moment to read it! Thank you Nicole Mendes, The Other Side Reviews
"... Sincere, sentimental, honest and poetic, ‘Mountain Song’ is a sophisticated work of art. I cannot wait to hear more from the naturally talented Sophie and Alex Dorsten..."
Awesome Press Release for our UK Tour.
"Arizona sweetheart and singer/songwriter Sophie Dorsten hits London in March. She'll lay down her sweet tones in Abbey Road & RAK studios, perform a few select shows around town and introduce herself to the UK music scene..."
Love this beautiful review of 'Mountain Song'
"...Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona where she was born and raised, Sophie Dorsten is a singer-songwriter weaving beautiful melodic indie pop vibes. Singing and making music since the age of 9, her strong emotive voice captured the hearts of all who got to hear her, and her first EP’s saw light at the age of 13. Now grown up, the youthful lady has teamed up with her brother and the duo has been making and releasing music since 2020..."
Thank you Javier - "LessThan1000Followers"
So much fun performing at High Dive in Seattle - June 11, 2022
Thank you Kirk Stauffer for the pics!
Love this review of 'Butterflies'
'Once Sophie starts singing, you listen and get hooked in with her powerful voice & range. Sophie’s voice is one amazing instrument in itself and seems to get better with each new release. Sophie’s latest single is titled “Butterflies” and includes her talented brother Alex Dorsten."
Thank you Joe at Indie Music Center
"There’s also an innocence in Butterflies, yet it has a message that is very self-aware and mature. Perhaps that depth coming from someone still at an early stage of her career comes from how early she and Alex first got started..."
So cool! Thank you American Songwriter for including 'Red Skies' in your '100 More Songs We Absolutely Love from 2021"
So awesome - please check out this review of 'Receipts'
"Sophie is simply singing her heart out on this new song while showcasing an amazing vocal range. Alex Dorsten plays like a seasoned professional with stellar guitar chords being strummed. This brother/sister duo has done it again and achieved greatness with their latest project called 'Receipts'..."
Love this article from Ryan Clark, Ghost Writer
(short quote from the awesome article)
"....Oh, this one, #TakeCoverArizona! Sophie and Alex unleash the arsenal. They pull out the stops, show you the tools, and ravage you, woo you, crush you to the floor and beg you to “just be honest, ohhhh. say that you love me… I KNOW YOU DON’T“….. and then that voice…. oh it echoes…..it lures like a Siren from the depths… just in the distance…. like a ghost distantly fading into an oubliette with the receipts from heart stains littering her wake. Alex comes in hard, making his presence pronounced, loud, and simply beautiful. Crashing chords. Understated finger picked sticatto moments, and almost a spanish lullaby close. This song just might have it all, music fans! Sophie came out of a Pandemic, nineteen, experienced, and ready to show the world she is not Just A Little Blonde Girl..."
Thank you Jimmy Rae for a beautiful review of Until June!
"It’s an honor, privilege and blessing to get to work with the uber-talented Sophie Dorsten once again! From the first moment I heard this young, female artist I knew I was witnessing greatness in its early stages. Sophie Dorsten can do no wrong when she sings and harmonious notes come rushing out of her voice box. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again until I’m blue in the face, Sophie Dorsten is such a raw, pure talent with an incredibly, BIG voice!"
I was so honored to be a part of Alice Cooper's series of shows to promote the auction of his Andy Warhol painting.
I love this review of Until June by Dave Franklin - Dancing About Architecture, June 9, 2021
"Until June feels like it is peak Dorsten, taking the cinematic indie vibes, the ambient dreamscapes, the pop melodicism and the expressive and thoughtful lyrics of her previous songs and weaving together a song that could probably act as a sonic resume and calling card for her as an artist."
Honored to be on the Fresh Faves - Batch 408, Tobisonics, June 8, 2021
"Born and raised in Arizona, indie-pop singer-songwriter Sophie Dorsten delivers a delightful dose of dulcet downbeat Americana to the FOTN inbox, latest single Until June. Until June is the young artist’s third solo release, and third collaboration with her brother, Alex; with Alex taking the reins for production, orchestration, and instruments while Sophie wrote the song and sang. Swaying in gracefully percussive layers of acoustic six-strings; the track moving pendulum-like around the heavy beat of a kick drum bedded deep, giving the composition a wondrous earthy feel; backing harmonies calling out across the soundscape, haunting and melancholic. Sophie's vocals float tall in rich, toneful expanses of glorious melody, intoxicating the ear; her performance conveying the weary longing of the lyrics with great and compelling success; her voice lingering in the depth and shifting wide left/right in ambient echo, evocative of Mazzy Star in its vocal treatment. Until June avoids the gimmick and novelty of many modern productions, instead relying on a firm musical base, expressed by way of highly creditable musicality. "
Thank you so much to our local paper - The Gilbert Sun for this article on Alex and I. June 20, 2021
Please check it out...
Thank you so much Tim at Forkster Music Promotions for the beautiful review of Until June. May 28, 2021
“'UNTIL JUNE' by Sophie Dorsten is a colossal tune that has an astonishing melodic charm as well as a miraculously ‘glowing and flowing’ chill appeal."
I love this spotlight feature from Lean for the CoolTop20, December 11, 2020
"Sophie Dorsten (USA) is our Cool Top 20 sweetheart; she’s always supportive of other artists. She’s also the girl with the incredible powerful voice of an angel, and she has star potential. At just 18 years old, Sophie is a singer-songwriter talented beyond her years. Since the age of 13 Sophie has released several EP’s and singles. Time to learn a little more about Sophie."
Click here for full article.... https://t.co/T6usRddBpt?amp=1
Thank you Rick Moore for the wonderful article in American Songwriter...
"The darling of the Phoenix-area music press, Dorsten is known for her powerful and versatile voice..."
SOPHIE DORSTEN IS OUR INCREDIBLE WEEKLY WORDSMITH
"Our first introduction to Sophie was through her single ‘Tomorrow’. An easy listening tune featuring Sophie’s ethereal vocals, beautiful harmonies and soft pianos. The track is a must listen, see for yourself..."
Jessica Rowe, MonkJackPublishing , September 10, 2020
Thank you so much Jimmy Rae, Skope Magazine
"The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Sophie Dorsten is: BIG VOICE! This young artist from the Phoenix, Arizona area can sing with the best of them proving she has the chops to go a long way in the music business. I honestly think that Sophie could sing the alphabet and it would sound like a million bucks!
Jimmy Rae, Skope Magazine
October 24, 2020
"This Arizona high school senior doesn't know what the future holds. So she put it into song"
Ed Masley, azcentral.com, May 2020
"Tomorrow" will give you both chills and goosebumps at the same time.
Sophie Dorsten is one of the most talented singers I've ever heard in my life. Not only does she have an angelic voice, but her vocal range is hella impressive. On "Tomorrow," Sophie's upcoming single, she blooms by letting her heart bleed and by singing fearlessly.
From the moment you press play on "Tomorrow," you will be submerged in it's lively production, mind-blowing harmonies, and beautiful melodies. Additionally, you will love how Sophie pieces herself together lyrically on the song, as, throughout it, she talks about finding a way to make tomorrow a better day than yesterday by being both positive and optimistic."
QD, The Ratings Game, April 15, 2020
"This young lady, seventeen years old and a senior in high school ladies and gents, has got a sledgehammer of a voice!"
-Ryan B. Clark, Ghost Writer, Keep the Greasy Side Down, January 30, 2020
Thank you Wokechimp for the article.
"Sophie’s upcoming release ‘Tomorrow’ begins gently with a combination of plucked acoustic guitar with an ambient piano sound that, when coupled with Sophie’s emotive vocal color, will give you chills..."
"This 16-year-old singer-songwriter has been blessed with a voice that's nothing less than spellbinding, which she uses to brilliant effect on the emotionally vulnerable ballads that make up her latest recording, a breathtaking three-song collection called "Roses."
Ed Masley, azcentral.com, January 11, 2019
“When I first heard Sophie’s voice I could not believe such a mature sound came out of a 16-year-old. Blew me away. Her new EP Roses is a sampling of not just her talent in music, but also in writing. She also recently did a live version of “O Holy Night at a Proof is in the Pudding music competition that literally brought tears to my eyes (the good kind.) She plays many gigs valley-wide so plenty of opportunities to catch this rising star.”
Dani Cutler, KWSS, December 10, 2018
"Sophie Dorsten is a true talent with star potential and you will see why after listening to her latest single, 'Growing'..."
Jimmy Rae, Skope Magazine, January 7, 2020
"When you first hit Play, you will hear the sweetest melody from a songbird named Sophie Dorsten. I was shocked to discover that Sophie is only 16 years old because she has such a refined, professional-sounding voice. Her latest single is titled “Roses”, which is also the name of her new EP. Sophie Dorsten’s song is like a dozen roses in full bloom bursting with freshly picked notes..."
Jimmy Rae, Music Industry News Network, October 2, 2019
"Blurring the lines between folk, dream-pop and chart accessibility, Roses, the title track of her EP, is a charming and graceful calling card. It revels in space and atmosphere, restraint and understatement, the beat doing only enough to provide sonic hooks to hang minimalist music on, the guitars used sparingly, the bass line merely punctuation points. All of this leaves her vocals the focal point of the song and what a great voice it is too. Able to wander between emotive voice,-as-instrument deliveries, and heart-felt pleas, there is something simultaneously beautifully human and eerily otherworldly weaving together at the heart of it all.
Roses is proof that young, would-be pop artists, though even as I write the word it seem woefully inadequate to describe what’s going on here, don’t have to follow the conventions imposed by those around them, that you don’t have to fall for the industry pressures to deliver quickhits and throwaway crowd pleasers. This is music being made for the long game. And if she is making music this mature at 16…yes, you read that right….16, imagine what she might be doing three or four years from now. Definitely one to keep a very close eye on."
Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture, September 5, 2019
"Based out of Phoenix, Arizona, the highly-talented singer and songwriter Sophie Dorsten blesses us again with another great song entitled Roses. The pop/folk songstress has a very unique voice with a homegrown organic sound that complements her approach to music.
Roses is the title track from Dorsten’s new EP. The song is musically-crafted through a fabulous array of instrumentation, including acoustic guitar, strings, and an immense vocal performance by Sophie Dorsten. it is almost as if everything that Dorsten’s voice touches turns into gold. Dorsten is able to carry her audience into the clouds with the theme of surviving heartbreak and coming to grips with what was. Bravo!"
Warlock Asylum International News, September 8, 2019
"“Roses” is taken from Sophie Dorsten’s EP, which is also titled Roses. Dorsten is a sixteen-year-old singer (that’s right; just sixteen), and “Roses” is a moody, acoustic guitar-driven ballad. Dorsten sells it with a precociously lovely voice.
Dorsten is a self-described indie/folk singer that calls the Phoenix, AZ area home. If you think sixteen is a young age to be recording music, you should also know Dorsten’s been performing since she was the tender age of nine. Back then, she was in a band with her brothers called Sophie and The Boyz, where she sang and played bass. After a long stretch as a kind of family band, though, Dorsten set out on her own. She taught herself how to play guitar and write her own songs. She also chose to cover songs she really liked. She’s released three Eps of solo music, so far, with the first being Beauty of the Heart, which she put out at just thirteen. She’s worked with Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock organization in Arizona, and even volunteers as a vocal coach. After all, at sixteen, she’s already a musical veteran.
With “Roses,” Dorsten sings like a true adult. One must wonder, what with a song and EP title like Roses, if Dorsten was inspired by another folk singer. One who was not an indie artist – indie didn’t even exist at the time – but a commercial artist, named Joni Mitchell. For the Roses, was Mitchell’s fifth studio album. But whereas Dorsten sonic is fairly stripped down, Mitchell worked with jazzer Tom Scott, and featured Graham Nash and Stephen Stills on backing vocals. Nevertheless, it’s nearly impossible to imagine modern folk – even the indie variety – without the pioneering work of Joni Mitchell. Before Mitchell, it was rare to hear a woman write and sing highly introspective, scarily vulnerable songs. She was one of the first, and still after all that have come after her, one of the best.
Dorsten draws from Mitchell with the heartfelt nature of this song. She also sings beautiful high notes, the way Mitchell used to do, before smoking gave her voice an equally enjoyable husky tone. Dorsten has the sound down, although one must wonder how much real life love she’s experienced. At sixteen, one is still a few years shy of adulthood. Even Maria McKee, back when she fronted Lone Justice at a young age, still had some living to do. What McKee lacked in real life experience, though, she more than made up for by educating herself on country music history. She may not have lived that life, but like any good actress, she learned her part well.
Clearly, Sophie Dorsten has a talent to be reckoned with. I once overheard someone describe a band has being good; they just hadn’t sinned enough. We’re not wishing Dorsten a life of sin, in order to become more believable. However, more life experience will give her music much more depth. With a voice like hers, though, she really has a chance to go places. Let’s hope everything comes up roses for Dorsten in the future."
Skope Mag, September 10, 2019
"Sophie Dorsten sings with pure love on the passionate “Roses”. Lyrics have a poetic aura to them. The arrangement perfectly accompanies her over the journey of her engrossing storytelling. A delivery that recalls Joanna Newsom at her most soulful, the entirety of the piece works wonders. Carefully taking her time she makes sure every element falls into place with the utmost of care. Folk, country, and chamber pop merge into one singular cohesive whole. By refusing to fully settle into any one of these styles she goes for something that has a timeless air to it. Instrumentally too the song has a colorful, flexible quality.
The nimbleness of the acoustic guitar introduces the piece. From there it all unfurls in a gorgeous haze. Gentle, graceful gestures come about as her vocals enter the mix. With a bit of longing the song comes into bloom upon the inclusion of the drums into the mix. Strings, piano, and more combine to create a stream of consciousness quality. Virtually weightless the entirety of the piece radiates such undeniable warmth. Letting all of it slowly fade out halfway through points to the cyclical nature of the piece. On the latter half of the work things truly shine, for the tension from the first half becomes resolved with such satisfaction.
On “Roses” Sophie Dorsten explores a pastoral beauty, one that unfolds on its own terms, with a romantic quality that permeates the entirety of the piece."
Beach Sloth, September 6, 2019