Instruments: Drums



Sofia started playing drums at the age of 14. Her music teacher, Claudia Keller (who was one of the very few female graduates of Berklee College of Music in her class), saw Sofia's passion and recommended her to Berklee. It was at Berklee, which is currently ranked one of the best music schools in the world, that Sofia's music career began. 


At Berklee, Sofia was fortunate enough to be placed in an ensemble taught by Esperanza Spalding, a Grammy award-winning and extremely talented jazz artist. This experience learning from Spalding, as well as the other exceptional musicians and teachers at the highly-acclaimed school, helped shape Sofia's skills on the drums.


While in Boston, Sofia was also fortunate to experience the Tuesday funk night at Wally's Jazz Cafe. Its house band members have played professionally with Brian McKnight, Beyonce and Chaka Khan amongst many others. Here, 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 (Lou Reed), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), Kim Plainfield (Pointer Sisters, Tania Maria) and Kenwood Dennard (Prince, Miles Davis).


Sofia graduated with a performance degree in 2012 and shortly after moved to Nashville. While in Nashville, she has performed professionally with Andy Gibson, who wrote the number one hit "Don't You Wanna Stay," as well as Regi Wooten, guitar legend and brother of bass virtuoso Victor Wooten. In 2013, she was selected to perform at the Poretta Soul Festival in Poretta Terme, Italy, where she backed soul legends Toni Green, Latimore, Bobby Rush, David Hudson, Sax Gordon, Falisia Janaye, and Charlie Wood. Of her performance at the festival, Tony Rounce of Ace Records said:


"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 and beyond." 


In 2012, she performed at Bonnaroo with world rock fusion band HuDost, and she recently recorded on their album "The Word is Love," which features Jon Anderson from Yes and Steve Kilbey from the Church. 


She has obtained endorsement deals with Zildjian cymbals and is on the educational team at Vic Firth drum sticks.  She has been teaching 25-40 students a week for the last four years, and has been at Sky Studios since 2018. She also leads her own group, The Sofia Goodman Group, which has played at festivals and venues in the U.S.  To hear Sofia's playing,  please visit www.thesofiagoodmangroup.com