Sophie Auster talks about her new album ‘Red Weather’, recording albums at an early age, and putting acting on hold to focus on her music.Read More
Sophie Auster (born July 6, 1987, Brooklyn, New York City) is an American singer/songwriter and actress. She is the daughter of author Paul Auster and writer Siri Hustvedt.
At the age of eight, Auster began to take singing lessons. A year later she had a very small part in a film and by the age of twelve she began acting lessons. Sophie was sixteen when she recorded her first record. The album was a collaboration between Sophie and Brooklyn based musicians Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp of the musical duo One Ring Zero. Using her writer father, Paul Auster’s, early translations of French Surrealist poets, along with a two original lyrics written by Sophie, the poetic lines of Tristan Tzara, Paul Eluard, Robert Desnos, Philippe Soupault and Guillaume Apollinare became songs set to music by Hearst and Camp.
The collaboration began as a side project Sophie pursued after school and on weekends. It was never intended for wide public consumption, but when a family friend heard the album, she was so impressed; she offered to release it under the French label Naïve Records. The album quickly made its way from France into other countries in Europe and beyond. Finally the resulting self-titled album Sophie Auster shows an interplay of Sophie’s powerful and clear voice and One Ring Zero’s orchestrated music. In July 2006 Auster was on the cover of the Spanish issue of Rolling Stone magazine. In 2007, Sophie began writing with writer/musician Barry Reynolds, who has worked with Rufus Wainwright, Marianne Faithful, Antony and the Johnsons, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Grace Jones. The two formed a fast friendship and they have been collaborating ever since. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010 Sophie began recording again. Her latest self-produced record, “Red Weather”, was released November 13, 2012 through Lost Colony Music.