Hope So

Hope Sonam is a singer / songwriter from Georgia. She is currently pursuing her career in Nashville, TN.

Hope Sonam's Official Store

Hey y’all!

We just launched an official store where you can shop for all my merchandise from baseball caps to fine jewelry! Would love for you to check it out! I process all the orders myself and am happy to help you in any way I can!


To visit the store, click the headline to this post and it will take you right over or copy and paste this in your browser! http://hopesonam.spinshop.com/


Love x 3

-h

One Week Left to VOTE!

Hi Everyone,

Great news! Because of your votes and support, I’ve sailed through both the preliminary and semifinal rounds of voting in the Georgia-Country Awards in the ‘Best Female Artist’ category!


Now, I am in the final round with six fellow Georgia female artists and I REALLY want to win.

With that said, it’s getting close to the end of the voting period. If you’ve voted already in the two earlier rounds, thank you for bringing me this far! Just like all the other rounds, the slate has been wiped clean of votes and all of us nominees are back at zero.

Here’s what I need: I need your vote one very last time to bring this award home.

 Here’s how to vote:

Vote from every device you have - your home computer, your work computer, your iPad, your iPhone, your library, your local FedEx Kinkos. There is no registration and it literally takes two seconds.

 Vote here: http://www.hopesonam.com/vote  OR http://georgia-country.com/awards.php

 There have been a few kinks in the voting system and if for some reason you try to vote and it says you’ve already voted, it is just having trouble recognizing your machine and in that case, please make sure your vote is counted by EMAILING it in to info@georgia-country.com. 

 I cannot thank you enough for sticking with me during the past two rounds! This is where it counts and your support means the world to me! I’ve also attached an image to this email that you can easily share on Facebook, Twitter and via email with your contacts. 

 Thank you and talk to you soon!

 

Hope Sonam

http://www.HopeSonam.com

Facebook.com/HopeSoMusic

Twitter.com/HopeSonam

FINAL Round of Voting for the GA-Country Awards!

Exciting news alert!!!

Because of *YOUR* votes so far, I’ve sailed through both the preliminary and semifinal rounds of voting in the Georgia-Country Awards for the ‘Best Female Artist’ category! It was announced just this past Sunday that I have made it to the last and FINAL round of voting and I am ready to bring this sucker home!

So here it is… fourth quarter… time to give it all we’ve got! If you’ve voted already in the two earlier rounds, first of all, let me just say THANK YOU for bringing me this far!. But just like all the other rounds, the slate has been wiped clean of votes and all of us nominees are back at zero…

So, you guessed it… I need you to vote AGAIN! From every device you have - your home computer, your work computer, your iPad, your iPhone, your public library, your local FedEx Kinkos (those places have 10+ computers…if you take a picture of yourself voting from that many different IP addresses and send it to me, I will personally send you some serious ‘Hope So’ swag). It’s time to make all those previous votes count and only YOU can make it happen!

Voting is open NOW and goes until noon on September 29th!

Link to vote: http://georgia-country.com/awards.php

Remember: the site won’t let you vote multiple times from the same computer, so make sure your multiple votes are counted by voting from every device you own… you know you’ve got a smart phone!

And if for some reason you have trouble voting (I’ve heard this a few times), email your vote for HOPE SONAM as best female artist in to info@georgia-country.com to be extra certain it is counted!!!

Y’all, I can’t thank you enough for sticking with me these past two rounds! This is where it counts and your support means the world to me!

Stay tuned to my twitter and official facebook page for more voting images that you can share with your friends and families!

Now go VOTE!

love x 3,

-h

2012 Georgia Country Awards!

Hey y’all!

I’m excited to announce that I’m a nominee in the first round of voting for the 2012 Georgia Country Awards! The category? Best Female Vocalist. Yee HAW!!! I’m happy to be included among the incredible local talent in Georgia - but here’s the kicker. I need YOUR HELP to make it further and win!

Here’s how it works - I need you to vote! Anyone can vote! Doesn’t matter where you’re from, how old you are, what your favorite ice cream is… YOU can VOTE RIGHT NOW!

Please visit http://georgia-country.com/awards.php and scroll down until you see the ballot. I’m in the 8th box you’ll come to. All you’ve got to do is click on HOPE SONAM and submit that ballot!

You are allowed ONE vote per IP address which translates to one vote per computer. If you would like to get all crazy for me and vote multiple times, vote again from your cell phone, iPad, work computer, etc! I strongly encourage it :-)))

Thank y’all so much for taking the time to do this! Tweet me @HopeSonam that you voted and I’ll send you back some love!

Xo

-h

Check out this video recap of last month’s Rome River Jam show!

Love x 3

-h

24 Year Old Dog Learns New Trick

You know what sucks? Self doubt. Fear. Insecurity. Dependence.

I’ve been noticing this pattern lately… small blips of momentum which last for just shy of 24 hours before they’re crushed by some overbearing, seemingly negative does of logistical reality. Like “wow, what a great opportunity!” being crushed by “Well whose going to play with you? You’re not good enough to carry it on your own. It’s going to cost you money.”

I have a current mission. That mission is to learn the guitar and be competent enough to play my whole written catalogue as well as some covers. The goal: to be a self-sufficient-independently-capable musician. See, like most of you, I grew up taking piano lessons. And like most of you, I quit them around the age of 10. Now, to be fair, I never stopped playing piano. Thanks to my Grandmother on my father’s side, I was blessed with a pretty good ear and kept teaching myself and figuring stuff out on my own. Thanks to my underdeveloped but know-enough-to-get-by piano skills, I started writing songs and have made it this far professionally as a singer / songwriter. I guess it’s not too shabby - I’ve written with some amazing folks and my songs have been able to sprout wings and go as far as to major network television. But as an artist… I’ve got this handicap. I’m sick of having to hum the root note of the chord I’m hearing so someone with a more diverse skill set than me can try to translate my musical idea.

I want to be able to stand there, sing my song with no one else standing next to me and not have it be an acapella performance. I want to be able to sit on a bar stool in the corner with a tip jar. I want to be able to play an introduction that people recognize. I want to be able to set the rhythm and tempo of my performance on my own and vary it based on feel.

If you wonder where I’ve been recently, I’ve been learning. I can play most of my stuff now - I’m just waiting for the whole singing WHILE playing thing to click. The last piece to the puzzle will be when my rhythm hand develops a confident detachment from my vocal sensibilities. It’s happening - slower than I’d like, but coming along day by day.

I’ve also been booking shows. From May of 2012 forward, it’s game on when it comes to gigs. Want me to come play near you? Send me a message and if you confirm a date for me, there’s a lovely commission in there for you.

But more than anything, I’ve been learning the art of hard work and patience. It’s such a challenge to know what you need to do but also to know that no matter how much work you put into something, it has to come along in it’s own divine, developmental timing. I’m twenty four which aint old but I sure as heck am not as quick a learner as I was back in the day when I was taking those piano lessons. I bought my guitar 4 years ago but am only just now looking forward to picking it up and identifying the noises coming out of it as actual music.  Who knew! There’s a lot of inner cheerleading happening and a lot of repetition of the ‘little engine that could’ mantra . Nevertheless, you’ll see me on stage with a guitar in my hand within the next thirty days.

A friend of mine from college texted me the following today and if you knew her you’d know how out of the blue this is. She’s a die hard music lover but has never played an instrument. The conversation went something like this…

Amber: “Bought a banjo today.”

Me: “Shut up.” (dumb thing to say. She wasn’t talking. She was texting… nevertheless…)

Amber: “Just have to learn how to play it now.”

Me: “YouTube.”

It’s never too late to broaden your horizons and adopt a new skill set. With the resources we have these days, there’s no excuse not to. I’m about to move and I literally could forego cable in my new place having found all the free - make yourself a better musician - lessons at my fingertips. As a matter of fact, if it weren’t for Storage Wars, my mind would already be made up.

I’m well on my way to becoming better at what I do and feeling a heck of a lot better about myself and my credibility. I can’t wait to play for you. And maybe Amber will sit in one of these days… I’ll give her four years.

Love x 3

-h

—Baby Just Give Me Some Time

In honor of this arbitrary day of March 1st, I’ve decided to give away some of my brand new music. For FREE.

Here’s how to get it. Visit http://noisetrade.com/hopesomusic, enter your email address and zip code and voila… a download will begin and four new songs will be on their way directly to your computer.

These songs are precious to me. They represent a small collection of work that I think speaks to my current sound and development as an artist. They’re a little country, a little pop, a little flirty, a little gritty, and a whole lot me. I’ve been sitting on them for a few months - waiting to share them with fresh ears - but seems like as good a day as any!

I’ve uploaded my personal favorite of the bunch, "Baby, Just Give Me Some Time" HERE to give you an idea of what you’re getting before downloading the whole collection. It’s my hope that these songs hit you in as significant a way as they hit me when I was creating these recordings. Either way, I want to hear from you. Let me know what you think, what your favorite is, etc. on my official facebook page - www.facebook.com/HopeSoMusic.

Happy Listening!

love x 3,

-h

500 Songs For Kids

This year I’m performing at the annual fundraiser for 500 Songs for Kids. It’s arguably the biggest music charity in Georgia and TONS of fun for the Atlanta music scene. Basically, 500 artists come together to perform 500 songs in the same venue over the course of a few days and all the proceeds go to keeping this amazing program up and running.

This year I’m performing song #412 on May 4th at Smith’s Olde Bar right here in Atlanta.

JOIN the EVENT on FACEBOOK here: http://www.facebook.com/events/356112964409819/

And if you’d like to help me meet my fundraising goal to support this incredible program, you can do so here: http://www.songsforkidsfoundation.org/HopeSoMusic/

…but that’s not all.

The fundraiser runs from May 3 - 12th UPSTAIRS at Smith’s… but let’s not forget about the more intimate Atlanta Room downstairs.

On May 10th, I’ll be doing a full set DOWNSTAIRS in the Atlanta room with two other Atlanta based singer/songwriters. This will be all local, original music and you’ll see some pop, some country, some rock and some sass.

FB event to come!

Either way, HOORAY for hometown shows! See you out there!

love x 3

-h

UPCOMING DATES

I just wrote this massive blog that you’re really gonna want to read, but it’s not publishable (is that a word?) yet. In due time, my dears… but

In the meantime, here’s what you need to know.

2 UPCOMING SHOW DATES

February 18th - I’m playing at The Next Cool Event on The Recording Academy Stage at 8pm! I’ll be doing just a few songs acoustic and taking the stage with one of my favorite co-writing partners around town. This event is HUGE and AMAZING and is designed to promote the incredible tax incentives in the state of Georgia within the entertainment industry. There will be lots of amazing film and TV related sets, scenes and people.  Last year there were Tyler Perry and Zach Galifianakis sightings and I can’t wait to see who shows up next weekend!For details, visit http://www.thenextcoolevent.com/

April 6th - I’m playing at Moe Joe’s in Clemson, SC! Come on out and hang! Can’t wait to get back to playing some long sets and flushing out some new material! Join the event on Facebook HERE: http://www.facebook.com/events/360540480626308/

Expect lots more shows in 2012! This is only the beginning, but you gotta start somewhere :-) See you out there!

Love x 3

-h

d.i.m.p.l.e.

I just had the most fantastic exchange with the sweetest of strangers.

For those of you that don’t know this, I live in an apartment on top of a dry cleaners. I’ve lived here for about a year and ironically have never used this dry cleaners in my entire time here until this last month; the month that my lease expires. I dropped off quite a few items last week and today I went by to retrieve them. I walked in, gave the lady my name and she got all my things together. When she told me the total, I counted my cash to see if I had enough to cover it. I was nine dollars short of the total so I pulled out my debit card. She exclaimed “cash! cash!” and I explained that I didn’t have enough to cover the whole amount. She consulted her computer screen and then confirmed once again that the cash would be just fine. I gave her my card for the remainder $9 balance and she refused to run it. I did the polite thing and insisted, but had no luck persuading her. I thanked her, put my wallet away, grabbed my things and was walking out the door when she stopped me. I turned around when I heard her voice and she she was pointing to her face. She was trying to find the words through her gestures and finally got them out when she asked me, “how do you say in English? uh… this…?” She was pointing to her cheek and poking it, drawing a circle.   Well again, for those of you that don’t know me, you should know that I have a massive, hollow hole in my right cheek otherwise known as a dimple. She was so innocent in her inquisition and I was absolutely captured by the moment. I introduced her to the word and even spelled it for her. She was so grateful and again, I was captivated.

I walked out of there, loaded my garments in my car, pushed my puppy into the passenger seat so I could climb in and drove around to the back of the building where I park but I could not get this woman and her innocense and her adult braces and precious English-is-my-second-language accent out of my head. I mean, here is this woman who has probably been working beneath the place I lay my head for at least the past 365 days of my life and little did I know that right below me exists the inspiration that I sit in my apartment and try to conjure up. Even though she hails from the absolute other side of the world, she’s the kind of human being that you write country songs about. All she wanted to do was give a complete stranger a break and genuinely put herself out there to connect, person to person. She had no agenda, motive or alternative energy about her. She just was.

Before I drove up the hill, I realized I had put a sweater and another blouse in my car that needed cleaning so I ran them in really quick. She smiled and rolled her eyes when I walked back in and I left my things in her care once more. As for how it all adds up, she has a new ‘regular’ customer and added one word to her vocabulary today while I made out with some clean clothes, a restored faith in the goodness of people and a big ole smile to show off my dimple. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.