Local teen strives to be next Taylor Swift
A local Central Florida teen is gaining lots of attention-- all because of her talent as a singer and songwriter.
Sophie Noelle is a normal teenager and high school honor roll student during the week, but on the weekends, she moonlights as a country music star.
"How did you start?" asked News 6 reporter Louis Bolden.
"Well, I was 2," said Noelle.
"We had Olivia Newton-John on the radio, and we had that little 2-and-a-half-year-old belting the chorus back there," said Sylvain Robitaille, Sophie's dad.
"'Hopelessly Devoted to You' was like my jam, and my parents were like, 'Dang, she can sing,'" said Noelle.
And she hasn't stopped since.
These days, she's definitely graduated from performing at home. Noelle recently performed covers and some of her own original songs at the House of Blues in Disney Springs, and even managed to pick up a few more fans.
"Juggling school, homework, extra activities, lessons and then practicing, that's a really long day," said Noelle. "But it's worth it in the end."
"What's the ultimate goal for you?" asked Bolden.
"Actually, right now it's college, music college," said Noelle.
"Do you want to teach music or, you know, be the next Taylor Swift?" asked Bolden.
"I prefer to be the next Taylor Swift, honestly," said Noelle.
When it comes to her writing process, Noelle said she uses her real-life experiences.
"Well, most of them are about boys that I liked and normally it doesn't end well, so that comes up with a good song," said Noelle.
"That sounds very Taylor Swift to me, writing about breakups," said Bolden.
"Yeah," said Noelle, with a laugh.
Learning piano, guitar and now the violin, Noelle's parents helped encourage and develop her talent through the years. Now, the high school sophomore said she is completely at ease doing live performances, even in front of 19,000 people at a Tampa Bay Lightning game.
You may also soon be able to find the 16-year-old on TV-- she has also written music for two upcoming television shows.
Filmmaker Matthew Gunnoe of MG Cinema thought Noelle's style would fit perfectly with the show he's directing for Showtime and the Civil War-era series he's working on for another major network.
"She's actually going to be doing some of the music for 'Wild West Life' and 'Bounty,'" said Gunnoe.
For now, Noelle's working on maintaining the perfect balance between normal teen and eventual Grammy-winner hopeful. Ultimately, she hopes her music touches and inspires those who listen to it.
"Like that song, 'Hold Me Close,'" said Noelle. "It could be about anything -- like a soldier leaving and coming back, whether you miss somebody -- it doesn't have to be about a boy. People can relate to it in different ways and put their own story on it."
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