In The Spotlight With Soraia

Nov 22, 2012

The Story Of Soraia:
5439363Our story starts on a particularly cold, gray winter evening. Two men stand hovering over the lifeless body of Mansour. One panics while the other holds her – tears streaming from his face dripping onto her pale skin as a needle, which provided a potent shot of cocaine to her left arm, lies next to her motionless body. There was no pulse.

For Mansour, this was just one of many failed attempts at ending her life.

Her middle class upbringing masked an emotionally and physically abusive home life that became hopeless when her mother, who was her protector, her confidante, and her best friend, passed away when Soraia was only 17. She quickly descended into a destructive lifestyle of drug and alcohol abuse. The next four years brought violent relationships, escalating drug use, and the witnessing of horrific events while living with junkies and pushers.

Try as she may, she could not escape the self-imposed abusive lifestyle which had become her reality. Penniless, homeless and left for dead, that fateful night should have been the epilogue of Soraia’s turbulent life. But it wasn’t. Soraia was rescued by the only person who could save her: herself.

With a newfound resolve, she got sober, re-entered college, and finished in two years with a teaching degree and the hope in her heart to finally begin a life she was yet waiting to live. Still, teaching proved not enough to quell her intense longing for expression. She turned to poetry, writing, and finally her first love, singing. Driven and determined, tough and still tender, she began her singing career winning over fans immediately with her passion, pain, and raw emotion. Soraia formed her band in late 2004, and began writing songs and performing live anywhere and everywhere she could. With the same intensity and resolve she had approached every addiction she ever had, she went after her heart’s ultimate desire.

Soraia gives life to her experiences through her voice, and molds the best and worst of her life story through song. A warrior at heart, nowhere is the true Soraia more visible than on stage during one of the band’s ferociously energetic, intoxicating live shows. Her voice showcases the will to survive with a defiant, full-throated vocal performance reminiscent of the great women of rock, such as Grace Slick and Tina Turner. Her sexuality and rawness demand attention of even the most passive of listeners- inviting all of us to the danger rock n’ roll promised to be.

Whether in a hot, sweaty rock club or a massive amphitheatre, Soraia’s charisma and spirit transcends the concert stage and reaches all those who witness SORAIA live. Rarely will you see a band with so much magic and soul as SORAIA. And never will you hear a story so full of hope and heart as that of Soraia Mansour. Her every breath is a testament that miracles really do exist, and that the underdog really can win the whole world.


On June 6, 2012 Jon Bon Jovi attended a Soraia Industry Showcase in Philadelphia, PA. On September 26, 2012 in NYC, Jon Bon Jovi was spotted again at Soraia’s Industry Showcase in support of their upcoming major release.

Band Members:
ZouZou Mansour – Vocals
Anthony Renzulli – Rhythm Guitar
Brain Cassidy – Lead Guitar
Travis Smith – Bass Guitar
Jason Miraglia – Drums
Mike Lawson – Keyboard

SHOW DATES:
Thu Nov 15 – 10:30PM
Rebel Rock Bar
Acoustic Show


Fri Nov 23 – 9PM
Club Risque


Thu Nov 29 – 5PM
Soraia LIVE! on 93.3 WMMR FM’s “Camp Out for Hunger” on Jaxon’s Show


Fri Nov 30 – 5PM
Soraia on Radio 104.5 FM Philadelphia: “Live at 5”


Fri Nov 30 – 8PM
Bus Stop Music Cafe/Record Store
ALL AGES ACOUSTIC SHOW


Thu Dec 06 – 11PM
Hot Shots
21+


Fri Dec 07 – 9PM
Studio 98


Fri Dec 21 – 9PM
A Holiday Evening with Soraia at Sine Studios
ALL AGES


Fri Jan 11 2013 – 9PM
JB McGinnes


Sat Jan 26 2013
The Note
18+


For all updates on Soraia, please visit
SORAIA.COM

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