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Sophia Humbert enthusiastically enters a Mexican restaurant, dressed down with jeans, a Grateful Dead T-shirt and redrimmed glasses. The Boulder Creek High School student looks like an average teenager. But there’s nothing “average” about the Anthem girl. Humbert sings like an angel and has become a national anthem favorite around town. On Friday, April 12, she releases her debut EP, nicknamed “So Hum.” “These are my first original songs ever,” Humbert says with a huge smile. She worked on the album with fellow Anthem musician, Jimmy Newquist, lead singer of the rock band Caroline’s Spine. Newquist allowed Humbert to ease into songwriting. “It was something really new for me, but it was a really cool learning experience,” Humbert says. “I learned from him to stay true to who I am and what I want to do, and say what I have to say. Everyone has something to say. “That’s what I love about music. I can portray what I want to say. Going back to what I said before, I’m learning how to speak my mind because that’s always been a really hard thing for me.” Newquist and Humbert met through the teen’s piano


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teacher, who also schools Newquist’s son. “It’s been fun working with Sophia,” Newquist says. “I think one of the biggest joys is finding interesting talent. She’s a teen and she’s interested in songwriting, interested in expressing viewpoints and interested in music. “It’s really interesting to be a part of something like that. I remember my

journey and doing the same thing. Sophia has amazing, amazing range, an amazing voice box. She has a real talent. To be able to dig into that particular talent was amazing. She has a top-tier talent.” The 16-year-old singer is excited about her show, which will feature original and cover songs. “We have some really amazing people flying out to help me with all of this,” she says referring to Newquist’s bandmate, Matt McHan. “We had a concert in Salt Lake City,” Newquist says. “Matt was really taken by her. To play this kind of music, you really need world-class instrumentation, guys who know how to make a lot out of it. We came up with the idea of doing this acoustic thing.” The most important thing for Humbert, her family and team is to represent her well. “Going to a coffee shop and really hearing an artist bare their soul and having the skill, it’s like a slam dunk,” Newquist says. “We want to bring that slam dunk to the place where she blew up and present her to the community who’s known her for a long time.” Her father and mother, Trent Humbert and Vernaliza Meyer-

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85086 Magazine April 2019  

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