Sophie Aked is a versatile and bubbly singer, songwriter, lyricist and performer who has worked across many genres and styles. She completed a Bachelor of Music (voice performance), at the University of Newcastle, where she has explored a wide range of contemporary styles and classical repertoire and including Opera, Musical Theatre, Chamber music, Pop and Jazz. She has performed in many of these styles over the last three years, the highlights of which included, touring with The Echology Chamber Choir, playing Roxy Hart in Chicago and the reduced role of Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, and gigging in her local region as a solo artist with a mix of Jazz and Pop covers.
Jonathon Burgess is an accomplished bass guitarist, arranger and composer spanning many genres. After completing his Bachelor of Music at Newcastle Conservatorium he furthered his knowledge of jazz at Sydney Conservatorium. Over the last few years Jono has honed his skills as an in demand working musician in the Newcastle and Sydney areas.
Born from a creative and passionate understanding, bass and voice duo Bravo Victor, have surfaced as one of Newcastle’s most talented exports.
Although quite unorthodox in their approach on paper, Bravo Victor encompass a true mash of genres, with jazz traditionalist and bassist Jonathan Burgess colliding with classically trained pop enthusiast Sophie Aked, to form something truly incredible.
Bravo Victor’s sound is always exactly what and where it needs to be, to fuel both Jonathan’s passion for a traditionalist outfit as well as providing a haven for Sophie’s heart on sleeve vulnerability that shines through in both her performance and her writing.
Their self-titled debut EP released in early May 2017, is a refined body of work, and encompasses a variety of stylings paying homage to both the modern and traditionalist approaches to their sound.