Sophia

Sophia (stylized as SOPHIA) was a Japanese rock band formed in 1994 by vocalist Mitsuru Matsuoka, guitarist Kazutaka Toyota, bassist Yoshio Kuroyanagi, drummer Yoshitomo Akamatsu and keyboardist Keiichi Miyako. Currently signed to Avex Trax since 2011, they made their major debut in 1995 on Toy's Factory. They changed over to Toshiba EMI in 2004, and Universal Music Japan in 2009.

Their album Alive was named one of the top albums from 1989-1998 in a 2004 issue of the music magazine Band Yarouze. Their single "-Boku wa Koko ni Iru-" was used as the 2nd ending theme for the anime Kaleido Star. Keyboardist Miyako announced on March 21, 2010 that he was diagnosed with lymphoma, and on April 10 the band went on a hiatus. Sophia, as a quartet, was a guest of honor at Anime Expo in Los Angeles from July 1–4, 2010, having their first concert in the US on the 3rd. The group ended the hiatus on August 13, 2011 at the Nippon Budokan.

Sophia is often considered a visual kei band, despite the fact that for nearly their entire career their appearance has been very tame compared to most others in the movement. On October 23, 2011, the band performed at V-Rock Festival 2011. Their song "Machi" was covered by Doremidan on the compilation Crush! -90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Songs-, which was released on January 26, 2011 and features current visual kei bands covering songs from bands that were important to the '90s visual kei movement. "Gokigen Tori ~Crawler is Crazy~" was covered by Annie's Black on its sequel, Crush! 2 -90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Songs-, that was released on November 23, 2011. "Eternal Flame" was covered by Makoto for Crash! 3 - 90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Love Songs-, which was released on June 27, 2012 and features current visual kei bands covering love songs by visual kei bands of the 90's.

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
Sophia (3) - As We Make Our Way (The Live Recordings) 2017 CD, Limited Edition, Numbered
Sophia (3) - The Infinite Circle 1998 CD
Sophia - Couldn't This Be Magic 1995 CD, Maxi-Single
Sophia (42) - Celestial Hands From Beyond The Veil Of Death 2022 Cassette, Limited Edition
Sophia (3) - Collections:One 2004 CD, Enhanced, Limited Edition, Numbered
Sophia - Take It Or Leave It 1992 CD, Maxi-Single
Sophia (2) - Unclean 2016 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Sophia (3) - Fixed Water 1996 CD, Album
Sophia - Gimme The Night 1995 Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
Sophia - Running So Hard 1992 CD, Maxi-Single
Sophia - Running So Hard 1992 Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Promo
Sophia (11) - Alive 1998 CD, Album
Sophia (11) - The Short Hand - Singles Collection 2001 CD, Compilation
Sophia (3) - The Black Sessions 2009 CDr, Unofficial Release
Sophia (11) - Oar 1999 CD, Single
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - The Singles Collection 2018 CD, Album, Special Edition
-SOPHIA- & SIDO* - Sky And Sand 2013 CD, Maxi-Single, Single
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - Lalala [Deluxe] 2016 CD, Album, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - Pillowtalk 2017 CD, Single
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - I Was Here 2014 CD, Single
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - Dark Horse 2014 CD, Single
Sophia (3) - There Are No Goodbyes 2009 CD, Album, Limited Edition
Sophia (3) - Are You Happy Now 1997 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Sophia (3) - Oh My Love 2004 Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
Sophia (3) - Holding On / Letting Go 2020 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Sophia (3) - Holding On / Letting Go 2020 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Sophia (3) - At Home With Sophia... The Acoustic Sessions 2015 File, MP3, Album
Sophia (2) - This Year Give A Share To Sophia 2017 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Limited Edition
Sophia (3) - As We Make Our Way (Unknown Harbours) 2016 Vinyl, LP, Album
Sophia (3) - De Nachten 2001 CD, Album
Sophia - Running So Hard 1992 Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Sophia - Running So Hard 1992 CD, Maxi-Single
Sophia (3) - Bad Man (V2.0) 2017 File, MP3
Sophia (22) - Sophia 1984 Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Mini-Album
Sophia (3) - Call Me On Your Way Back Home 2011 File, FLAC
Sophia (11) - 旅の途中 2004 CD, Single, Enhanced
Sophia (6) - Journey Into Love 1997 CD, Album
Sophia (6) - Return 1995 Cassette, Album, Reissue
-SOPHIA- - Eye Of The Storm 2013 CD, Single
Sophia (11) - 花は枯れて また咲く 2004 CD, Single, Enhanced
Sophia (11) - Believe 1996 CD, Mini, Single
-SOPHIA- - Hate That... 2012 CD, Maxi-Single, Single, Club Edition
-SOPHIA- - Not The Time 2012 CD, Single
-SOPHIA- - Fuck You 2010 CD, Single
-SOPHIA- - Som Jag är [Eurovision Preselection 2009] 2009 CD, Maxi-Single, Single
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - I Don’t Wanna Live Forever 2018 CD, Single
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - This Christmas 2014 CD, Single
-SOPHIA- - Something's Got a Hold on Me 2014 CD, Album
Sophia (2) - Deconstruction Of The World 2004 CD, Album, Enhanced

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