Formed in February 2014, Rheal & Sofia are a duo acoustic act. They play classic rock, blues, and pop, and are adept at reading the needs of the venue and the clientele there. They have also played numerous weddings and restaurants, including Ellendale's in Donelson and Kalamata's in Green Hills. Both experienced musicians for over a decade, they are comfortable handling requests. Most importantly though, they understand how to engage with the audience in a variety of settings and their set list always gets positive feedback from the audience.
“Sofia & Rheal are perfect! I love having them play at my restaurant and the crowd really enjoys them as well.” –Julie Buhler, owner of Ellendales
“We've enjoyed having Rheal & Sofia and PULSE play for us. They are great.”- Maher Fawaz, owner of Kalamata's
“I love Sofia & Rheal! They are so talented and everyone enjoyed it.” Juanita Benson, owner of Mega Bites
Rheal has been gigging professionally since the age of 14. When he was 16 he was selected to perform with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland in Centennial Park in Atlanta. A year later, his band "Blackbird" became extremely popular in Georgia and was featured on FOX network's "The Next Great American Band" and placed top 20 out of 8,000 bands. They were managed by Alan Walden, the manager of Lynard Skynard and Otis Redding and recorded at the famous Southern Tracks Studios in Atlanta, under the name "September Hase." September Hase received the key to Tifton, Georgia for their accomplishments and fame they brought to their hometown. Rheal moved to Nashville, TN to receive an education at Belmont University and graduated with a degree in Commercial Guitar. He has kept busy playing in wedding bands, jazz groups, and is an extremely in demand teacher, teaching almost 40 students a week.
Sofia's music career began in Boston, where she was exposed to the brilliant students and teachers attending and teaching at Berklee College of Music. She was accepted to the college and was placed in an ensemble led by Esperanza Spaulding, a Grammy award winning (she won best new artist over Justin Bieber) and extremely famous jazz artist, whom she performed with as well. She graduated with a degree in Performance and shortly after moved to Nashville. Since she has been in Nashville she has performed with Andy Gibson, who wrote the number one single "Don't You Wanna Stay", grammy award nominated blues sensation Bobby Rush, whom she performed with in Italy at the prestigious Poretta Soul Festival with many others, and Regi Wooten as well as many other distinguished artists. Tony Rounce of Ace Records described her playing as "brilliant, on the level of the world's greatest soul drummers such as Al Jackson Jr., Howard Grimes, and Roger Hawkins, to Benny Benajamin, James Gadson and beyond." She teaches and does studio work as well and has recently recorded with Jon Anderson of Yes on world rock fusion group HuDost's upcoming album, "The Word is Love."