Sofía Reyes Talks Dream Collabs, Working With Prince Royce And Following Her Dreams [EXCLUSIVE]

Sofía Reyes
Sofía Reyes performs onstage during Festival PEOPLE En Espanol 2015 presented by Verizon at Jacob Javitz Center on October 18, 2015 in New York City. Brad Barket/Getty Images

Sofía Reyes is a Monterrey native singer who was anointed by Billboard as "On the power of the millennial bilingual diva". With over 55M plays on Spotify and 40M views on YouTube, Sofia has conquered both Latino and mainstream markets and was nominated to Univision's Premios Juventud and Premio Lo Nuestro and at the MTV's MIAW. She is currently on the cover of People En Español Chica April issue and will shortly release her first album under Warner Music Latina and Bakab Productions.

Reyes topped Latin Pop Billboard charts this April, becoming the first female in 5 yearsafter Jennifer Lopez

Within her busy life, she has managed to fit in her collaboration with Honey Bunches of Oats in the “Voces con Dedicación” campaign, where five talented musicians will be recognized with $10,000 to help pursue their dreams.

We sat down to talk with the songstress about her career, inspiration, upcoming album and dream collaborations. Here’s what she said:

Latin Times: What can your fans expect from your debut album coming out in June?

Sofía Reyes: Well, I’ve been working on it for three years, which is a long time. I worked with different artists and composers and in the end we chose the best songs. I honestly think the sound is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. There’s a little bit of everything in it, too.

LT: Do you have a favorite song?

SR: Of course! My single “Solo Yo” with Prince Royce. Oh! and also, my new song “How To Love” that I did with Cash Cash, which is doing great.

LT: Tell us what it was like to work with Prince Royce?

SR: We’ve been friends for a long time, and we had been working on this song for two and a half years. I had written this song since then and I had been keeping it to myself for a while, until I found the right moment and person to sing it with. I can’t say much but maybe…just maybe, I’ll be singing live with him somewhere.

LT: And other than the collabs on your album, who are other artists you dream about working with?

SR: I’d love to work with Pablo Alborán amongst many other artists.

LT: And going into your participation with Honey Bunches of Oats in the “Voces con Dedicación” campaign, why did you decide to do it?

SR: Well, since the moment I got invited to participate I knew it was something special; I got very excited. The thought of helping kids follow their dreams and continue doing music is just great. I’m very grateful; Plus, I would have loved to have someone come up to me and say, ‘We want to support you because you’ve worked so hard and you're so talented, and we don’t want you to stop following your dreams.’

LT: You just chose Daniela Knight in Miami to give her the $10,000! Why her?

SR: She’s a really talented girl. I first saw her on “La Voz Kids” and then on her YouTube channel, where I saw her cover of “All of Me” which is so beautiful and almost brought me to tears, so I decided to pick her.

LT: And since you didn’t have that kind of support, what do you think pushed you to follow your dreams?

SR: Definitely my love for music; but I was also lucky enough to have a family that always believed in my and pushed me to keep going. They let me take piano and singing lessons since I was very young, instead of trying to make me take another path.

LT: What’s the best piece of advice you can give someone who wants to get into a career like yours?

SR: I think it’s very important that they know it is not an easy career. Things do not come easily, and nothing comes for free. To know what kind of artist they want to be and stick to that, and to keep in mind that while talent is very important, it's even more important to be perseverant and always stay humble.

LT: Who has been your biggest inspiration?

SR: Definitely my dad; we used to write and compose together since I was a little girl. And later on, I would say Whitney Houston. She inspired me to go further every time. When I was taking singing lessons I remember thinking, ‘If she can hit that note, so can I.’

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Natalie Roterman
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