Known as ‘Iyamah’, Sophie Bond grew up on the sounds of African drumming and reggae music in the seaside town of Brighton.
Singing from an early age, she’d copy soul stars like Alicia Keys and Adele from the radio. Aged only 13 when she first picked up the piano and started to write songs, it wasn’t until she started singing lessons at school and her teacher convinced her to sing solo performances in plays that she’d pursue it with intent.
Developing a love for Neo-soul and hiphop and the likes of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, Iyamah would nevertheless start writing toplines for Drum & Bass features, immersed as she was in Brighton’s club scene. It led her to a collaboration with Black Butter Records’ My Nu Leng, and featuring on the festival anthem ‘Senses’ – performing it at Glastonbury last year.