"Sofia started playing drums at the age of 14. Her music teacher ,Claudia Keller, one of the very few female graduates of Berklee College of Music in her class, saw her passion and recommended her to Berklee. It was at Berklee that Sofia's music career began, in Boston, where she was exposed to the exceptional musicians and teachers attending and teaching at the highly esteemed college, that is currently ranked one of the best music schools in the world.
At Berklee, Sofia was fortunate enough to be placed in an ensemble taught by Esperanza Spalding, now a Grammy award winning, and extremely talented jazz artist. Some of you may remember the outrage when she won the grammy for best new artist over teen pop sensation Justin Bieber. Sofia learned a lot from playing with Esperanza in the ensemble and is very grateful to have been fortunate enough to have the experience with her.
She was also fortunate to experience the Tuesday funk night at Wally's Jazz Cafe in Boston. The house band's members have played professionally with Brian McKnight, Beyonce and Chaka Khan amongst many others. She sat in with the band and advanced her musicianship. She was also taught by Jackie Santos (Tavares, Chuck Berry), Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs), Tony Thunder Smith (Loud Reed), Kim Plainfield (Pointer Sisters, Tania Maria) and Kenwood Dennard (Prince, Miles Davis).
Sofia graduated with a degree in Performance in 2012 and shortly after moved to Nashville, TN. Since in Nashville, she has performed professionally with Andy Gibson, who wrote the number one hit "Don't You Wanna Stay," Regi Wooten, guitar legend and brother of bass virtuoso Victor Wooten, and in 2013 she was selected to perform at the Poretta Soul Festival, in Poretta Terme, Italy, where she backed soul legends, Toni Green, Latimore, grammy nominated blues artist, Bobby Rush, David Hudson, Sax Gordon, Falisia Janaye, and Charlie Wood. She gained many fans in Italy and received a terrific review from Tony Rounce of Ace Records from the festival, whom called her playing "brilliant" and compared her to some of the greatest soul drummers of the 60s and 70s and credited her precision behind the kit, playing 4-5 hours every night at the festival.
In 2012 she performed at Bonnaroo with world rock fusion band HuDost, and she recently recorded in 2014 on their album "The Word is Love," which features Jon Anderson from Yes and Steve Kilbey from the Church. She recorded on 4 tracks on the album, one which included Jon Anderson, at Velvet Cinema Studios, owned by the very successful Michael Whittaker. She has done studio work at his studio as well and respects Michael very much.
She is also grateful for having the honor to work professionally with Ella Mae Bowen, Guns of Navarone, Andre Vasconcelos, Stacy Mitchart, Tim Gonzalez, RB Stone, PULSE, Jazz Frost, Rheal Janelle, The Nick Carver Band, and many more. She also works as a drum instructor, and currently teaches 12 students a week.
Currently she is working on her own jazz fusion album."
-Cailey Lindberg, music journalist, Earmilk Magazine
"She is an extraordinary person and wonderful musician." Casey Scheuerell, drummer for Jean Luc Ponty, Chaka Khan, Dusty Springfield, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and many more.
"There isn't enough time in the world 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 ad beyond." Tony Rounce, Ace Records.