brief bio

Nelson Sobral is a singer-songwriter guitarist hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, equally inspired by the vast, wide open spaces of the country he calls home and the labyrinthine maze of the city in which he resides. Sobral’s music is as much Americana and blues as it is soul and rock’n’roll, perfectly balanced with the energy and sound of each of his respective influences, uniting them all with one, singular mission: to move and energize audiences into an all-night frenzy and travel the world on the might of his song. 

Armed with a distinct and unique voice, Sobral has had the opportunity to share the stage with the talents and likes of David Wilcox, The Trews, Altameda, Wild. T, Mattie Leon, The Redhill Valleys, Midnight Vesta, Del Barber, Sate, Crown Lands, Cleopatrick, Ferraro, Jeremy Voltz, Irish Mythen, Countermeasure, The Lazys, Ready The Prince, Monowhales, Skye Wallace, The Pack A.D., Ian Moore, AHI, Birds Of Bellwoods, Wild Rivers, Jeff Healey.

Click here for full bio


Hard-as-nails urban soul, blues, and rock and roll, with the tenderness and twang of a roadside tavern. Toronto-based songwriter inspired by heart-worn country, northern soul, urban blues, and rock’n’roll, delivered with a spirituous temper and passion along the highways of the world. The magical voice & guitar playing of Nelson Sobral channels soul, country, blues and rock’n’roll into one transformative and cathartic late-night vision.”

Eamon McGrath

Nelson Sobral's passion for music is IMMENSE and his brushes with like-minded artists many, from Jeff Healey to Mick Taylor, and he has stories about both and more. ” - Jeff Woods

Records & Rockstars Podcast

in the middle of the night

(click the image for your preferred streaming service)

“In The Middle Of The Night,” the latest single from Toronto-based songwriter Nelson Sobral, marks a further venture into his trademark mix of soul, country and rock and roll. Featuring bombastic horns, virtuosic guitar playing, and a driving rhythm section, this Nashville-inspired journey into the heart of American music will compel you to leave your seat to get on your feet. The third in a series of singles including 2020’s country-tinged “Yours & Mine” and 2021’s stomper “Pendulum”, all from Sobral’s upcoming full-length record, “In The Middle Of The Night” is yet another explosive and raucous outpouring from one of Toronto’s finest voices and brightest stars. - Eamon McGrath

In The Middle Of The NIght (Official Video)


“Pendulum”, the latest single from Toronto-based Nelson Sobral, is a genre-spanning journey through love and heartbreak, transforming some of life and love’s toughest moments into a raucous celebration, perfect for the hours between midnight and the early morning. “Pendulum” exemplifies Sobral’s effortless shift between country, soul, blues, and rock’n’roll, and is ready for delivery on barroom stages across Canada, the United States, and beyond. Co-written with singer-songwriter Mattie Leon (Inside Pocket / Warner Music Canada) who also plays organ on the track and accompanied by the talented Selcuk Suna on horns (a member of The Royal Conservatory's New Canadian Global Music Orchestra) , Sobral plays every other instrument himself on this breakthrough track from one of Toronto’s most brightly shining stars. With a March 12 release date, “Pendulum” will prove to be an audience-wrangler of a song as it makes its way along the boundless and curving highways of the world. - Eamon mcgrath

Yours & mine

The song kicks off with some crisp spring reverb washed guitar struts before a vintage feeling drumset breaks through to introduce Nelson Sobral's pristine hooks. As we progress, "Yours & Mine," continues to evolve into a swampy steel-string guitar lathed miracle. Nelson Lays bare his intentions for the rest of the song with his gracious turn arounds, and call back vocals. He is here to allure us into taking a plunge into the warm bath of orchestration he has graciously curated for us. Through the choruses, the tune blends well amongst melancholy guitar work with distanced colored keys in the background. It's a hard but fearless turn away from the standard calling card of country music straightforwardness because of its rhythm and blues-inspired vibe marinated in a blues-rock mirrored mixture. On "Yours & Mine", Nelson throws all the genres above into the trunk of his car and does 85 down the backroads. 

Musically, this piece has featured in common with some Americana music or any roots rock, really. The track is assembled together by the lush beckons of Nelson's lightly saturated vocals and tastefully distorted bass guitar. Showing that he can deliver us between emotional vocal crescendos into intimate guitar reintroductions, songwriting structure is king in his world. Nelson Sobral is the one dictating his sound, and you can take it or leave it. - BUZZmusic

New section

Pendulum - official lyric video

yours & mine - official lyric video

Southern Souls - live off the floor Video (for previously released single "The Light")

press photos