Singer Raquel Sofia has spent most of her career 20 feet from stardom as a backup singer for Juanes and Shakira. But these days, she’s got her own new album and tour, leading a small band of gifted musicians. Sofia’s songs are about matters of the heart — and, as you’ll hear in her performance here, it’s hard to believe that feeling bad can sound this good. Her music doesn’t wallow; instead, it makes me want to celebrate and experience the joy and pain along with her.

I hope you find a place in Raquel Sofia’s music for yourself. Her voice, her songwriting and her performances more than met the expectations I had after hearing her EPs, so I don’t doubt that you’ll become a fan, too. –FELIX CONTRERAS

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