London-based singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist Sans Soucis, draws inspiration from a number of genre-defying artists including Frank Ocean, Joni Mitchel, Lauryn Hill, James Blake and St. Vincent. Sans Soucis fuses classic songwriting with melancholy and hope. Connecting with her cultural background, she has honed a style rooted in her Italian and Congolese heritage, reminiscing the haunting compositions of Fabio Concato and the groove of Congolese rumba.

Releasing music independently since 2018, Sans Soucis attracted support from the likes of BBC 6 Music, Spotify New Music Friday, Clash Magazine, KCRW, Earmilk, The Line of Best Fit, Afropunk, The Independent, PRS Foundation, MOBO Awards, BBC 1Xtra, The Selector, Jazz FM and Worldwide FM.

Her EP “The Lover” (2019) was funded by PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music fund and was selected by Bandcamp’s editorial team as one of 2019’s best Soul records. Following the success of “The Lover” EP, Sans Soucis continued releasing music independently and grew her audience internationally thanks to broadcasters such as Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), Jamz Supernova (BBC 1Xtra), Chris Douridas (KCRW), and Jess Iszatt (BBC Introducing). Not long after participating in Afropunk’s Battle Of The Bands (London), Sans Soucis released her second EP “Unfinished” (2020) with funding from Help Musicians UK x MOBO Awards.

Gracing the stages of a number of renowned venues in London such as Earth Hackney, supporting South-London jazz pianist and composer Ashely Henry; Jazz Cafe, supporting Portuguese singer Dino D’Santiago and Under The Bridge, supporting soul singer Joel Culpepper, Sans Soucis debuted on Jazzwise as one to watch “with shades of Norah Jones and Esperanza Spalding about her”.

Sans Soucis has participated as a performer at several events organised by Arts Council funded charities including Small Green Shoots, which is working towards empowering young people in the UK through creative apprenticeship programs, Women In Jazz, a London-based charity who promotes the careers of female musicians playing jazz around the globe, and Dancing With Parkinson’s with Danielle Teale Dance.

Sans Soucis speaks up for human rights, with a passion for politics and social issues, striving to make a tangible contribution to black artist communities across the globe (especially from disadvantaged backgrounds). She has curated a series of summer music workshops at the Mthunzi centre (shelter for former street children in Lusaka, Zambia) since 2017 via Italian organisation Amani for Africa, played a benefit gig for UN Women, and continues to support young musicians in the UK as a music educator for The Abram Wilson Foundation.

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