Hoosiers at Heart: Sophie Faught finds beauty in words and music

Hoosiers at Heart: Sophie Faught finds beauty in words and music
Sophie Faught
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Sophie Faught has two homes on Mass. Ave. – Indy Reads Books and the Chatterbox Tavern. When she's not guiding customers towards good reads, you can catch her playing saxophone in her jazz trio at the Chatterbox on Wednesday nights from 8-11pm.

Her forthcoming album features original compositions inspired by the work of a local painter, Steven Sickles. "When you get the album, you also get prints of the paintings. You have an opportunity to have this completely submersive kind of experience where you can look at the paintings and hear the music and just totally be a part of these artists bouncing ideas off each other," she explained.

WTHR caught up with Sophie to ask her about how these two passions are connected.

“I've been playing music and thinking about music for about as long as I can remember. Actually, I can tell you how it all started. When I was four years old, I got a keyboard – a little Casio keyboard for Christmas. I don't know if you've seen these things before, but they have a little button on them that says ‘demo.' And you press that button and it plays something that ostensibly a really good musician could play on this keyboard. I don't think you really could play it, but anyway, my dad was in the kitchen making breakfast. He'd snuck that keyboard in there and he pressed the demo button, which I knew nothing about. I came in and my dad was playing the most amazing music on this little keyboard. I had two simultaneous thoughtsI didn't know he could do that — if he could do that, maybe I could do that! Ever since that moment, I've kind of just been dedicated to trying to play music as fabulous as the demo on my Casio keyboard!” she said.

With a loyal crowd that quickly fills up the sidewalk seating outside while notes from the saxophone drift out, you might think you've stumbled across a Paris bistro. Sophie plays with a sophisticated, masterful tone that lends itself to the casual atmosphere. Sophie says bandmates Ben Lumsdaine and Nick Tucker are integral to the fluid, creative sound of the band.

Sophie's gig at Indy Reads Books, meantime, was a happy coincidence. She feels it's a great fit with her music.

“I wasn't actually looking for a job but I saw the posting and I'd been kind of a loyal customer so I thought maybe it would be a good fit. And it is. I absolutely love to read. I love books and I love to sell books to people. I guess a better way to say it is match people up with the right book for them. That's a really fun thing to do. Somebody comes in and they tell you what they like and what they're into and then you introduce them to something totally new that maybe they've never even heard of before. It's kind of cliché, but books totally open doors for people. They take you to new places and they make you think about things differently. I think that actually music and literature play very similar roles in people's lives. They take you outside the everyday rhythm of what you're doing and make you slow down for a second and make you think about how life is beautiful.”

Sophie is an Indianapolis native and an Indiana University graduate.

Learn more about Sophie's music here.