Montreal-based pop artists Claudia Bouvette and Sophia Bel release First Date, an unexpected collaborative single out today on Bonsound. The two join forces to deliver a sassy, infectious bop that perfectly captures the essence of carefree summer days.
Recorded at the Treehouse Collective studio just north of Montreal with the talented Connor Seidel and Tim Buron, this nostalgic pop anthem skillfully combines Weezer's California vibes and Sheryl Crow's joyful angst. First Date is about the regret of not having spoken up earlier, and how commitment issues can end up hurting not only our relationships but ourselves. I should've said it on the first date, now I'm left with the feeling that it's way too late, sing Claudia and Sophia on the chorus of this highly addictive track that will resonate with anyone dealing with modern dating.
First Date is available now on all music services.
The song is accompanied by a music video shot in Florida and co-directed by Sophia and Claudia. With sun-kissed visuals that look straight out of a rom-com, the pair encapsulates the playfulness of a summer fling, reflecting how we can get swept up in the moment.
This summer, Claudia Bouvette will be performing at various music festivals across Quebec, including FEQ, Soif de musique, Le Festif! and Festival International de Montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. As for Sophia Bel, she will also perform at FEQ and Festival International de Montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, as well as the FestiVoix in Trois-Rivières.
About Claudia Bouvette
Passionate about music since she was a child, Claudia Bouvette returned to her first love after a stint in television, releasing an EP that she co-wrote and co-produced with Connor Seidel in 2019. She spent the following two years polishing her songwriting and musical production techniques before releasing her first full-length album, The Paradise Club, in the spring of 2022. Since its release, Claudia got the opportunity to perform the songs off her debut album at FEQ, OSHEAGA, Pride Montreal’s SuXession show, and in several venues across Quebec and Ontario. More recently, Claudia took on the role of the Gen Z team captain in the music variety television show Zénith while pursuing her musical career.
About Sophia Bel
A real 90s kid, Sophia Bel grew up listening to pop divas, while dreaming of one day becoming a shining music star like them. Figuring out music was her true calling when she was still a teenager, Sophia decided to take her career seriously and pursue her studies in music at Vanier College in Montréal, where she started an empowering path towards the artist she is today. Taking time for herself to reflect on the kind of music she wanted to make, Sophia Bel found herself going back to her roots, heavily influenced by the pop music of the early 00s, emo-rock and pop-punk. This led to the release of Anxious Avoidant in May 2022, which received critical acclaim from several media outlets, including RANGE Magazine, Exclaim! and CJLO. A few months later, Sophia released a deluxe edition of the album featuring six previously unreleased songs, including collaborations with Ariane Moffatt and Makk Mikkael.