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.

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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

"Pendulum" single release - Mar.12.2021

“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

"pendulum" official lyric video

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

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