The last five years have been challenging at times for Sophia Brown. In July 2017, she was involved in a life-threatening auto crash that resulted in a period of soul-searching.
Extensive physiotherapy has helped restore her physical being, but the singer says the release of Bad For Me, her latest album, completes her recovery.
Brown wrote or co-wrote the 11 songs on the set which was released April 29 by her Music Mecka label. She produced 10 of the songs, the exception being Baby When You Left which is credited to veteran musician Sydney Mills.
“I’m happy with what I did; I don’t play an instrument but I can write and sing and know that I can put words to melodies with the help of musicians,” Brown told the Jamaica Observer.
She describes Bad For Me as her “greatest effort” since she began recording 13 years ago. The lead single, Baby When You Left, announced her comeback on Valentine’s Day 2020 and did well on reggae radio in South Florida and New York.
Stronger and My Religion (with Duane Stephenson) are other songs from the album that were previously released. Brown has high hopes for the title track and the reflective Africa.
“I basically wanted this to be something spectacular. I want to look at it as one of my greatest works. I find I am more mature as an artiste, as a producer and I tend to stick to the fine line where music and creativity are concerned,” she said.
Bad For Me is Brown’s fourth album. Her previous collection, Change, was released in 2017 shortly after she sustained multiple injuries in the accident in Maryland.
Change was largely lovers rock but on Bad For Me she dabbles in hip sounds like House and “hardcore dancehall”.
Sophia Brown is scheduled to do a series of shows to promote her latest album, starting July in St Louis, Missouri.