Crown Point kindergarten student Kaitlin Ross sings along with Ashley Sofia during her concert at the school April 5. Sofia performed as part of a freshman class fundraiser.
Members of the freshman class here held a fundraiser with assistance from an up-and-coming Ticonderoga musician.
Ashley Sofia, daughter of Crown Point teacher Margaret Polihronakis, performed a set of songs of her debut album, “Love and Fury,” at the school April 3 to help raise funds for the Class of 2017.
“I love to make music for a good cause,” Sofia said. “I play charity events pretty often. I was able to play at Pine Brook Middle School in New Jersey with the Traveling Guitar Foundation and we have a concert at Peaceful Acres Horses this summer.”
Sofia has quite the following at the school, something her mother found out soon after the release of Sofia’s album.
“When her first video came out on YouTube, all of the other teachers were pulling it up to show the kids,” Polihronakis said. “The kids were really great about it and started playing her music all the time.”
“We have her music in the classrooms and listen to it all of the time,” freshman class advisor Paula LaDeau said. “The kids in the freshman class are huge fans and we are very glad to have her come here to help us with the fundraiser.”
“We were looking for ideas to get money for the class trip and someone asked if she would play a concert to help,” class president John-Roch Sears said. “We were very happy when she accepted. It is nice to have someone local around that people know and who is willing to help.”
Sofia, who is preparing for an east coast tour this summer, played several songs off her album. At times, she would invite elementary students from all classes (kindergarten through sixth) up with her to sing along.
“I had just met these kids for the first time tonight, and I was overwhelmed and grateful for their support,” Sofia said. “I had no idea that some of the youngest kids would know all of the words. It almost makes me feel like a mom. I really didn’t expect my audience to have this kind of scope and it will make me think about what I am writing for my next album because I want to have a positive impact in the lives of people who listen to my music.”
The session ended with Sofia joined by students and her father, Bill Polihronakis, to sing, “1973,” a song she wrote about her dad and his inspiration on her music career. The song has received airplay locally on several different stations spanning different genres of music.
The album “Love and Fury,” is currently available on iTunes as well as several store locations locally. To learn more about Sofia and to see more content, visit the website ashleysofia.com.