Get To Know Folk Rock Singer-Songwriter, Socorra!

The weather is warm and Socorra and I chat it up in San Jose's Vietnam Town. She is a soulful folk singer-songwriter influenced by Elvis, Motown, Classic Rock and Folk Music. Socorra's music is heavily influenced by drums and her well-crafted lyrics and melodies are catchy and moving. Her passion for music clearly shows through her stage presence and songs. I definitely recommend catching one of her shows. I've been lucky enough to watch her performances at the same shows I've been playing and it was great getting to know more about her as an artist. Socorra is currently working on an album and is playing shows all of the Bay Area. Continue reading on to learn more about one of our talented local musicians from San Jose, CA!

Interview with Socorra

The Coffeehouse Invite: Hi Socorra! Thank you for joining The Coffeehouse Invite. Tell us what you do.

Socorra: I am a singer-songwriter from San Jose. I play a mix of folk-rock and blues mostly. I perform pretty regularly at local venues all over the Bay Area. I am also a local music teacher.

The Coffeehouse Invite: Music seems to be in many areas of your life. When you are not rocking out on stage, you're a teacher at the School of Rock. What's the best part of your job?

Socorra: The kids are the best part of the job. They keep it fun and interesting and it’s really cool to see their growth over the course of just a couple of months. Seeing them succeed is really rewarding!

The Coffeehouse Invite: Your creative influences come from classic artists such as Elvis, James Taylor and contemporary artists such as Sara Bareilles. Can you share with us your favorite song from one of your influences and tell us why you chose thing song?

Socorra: Ooo, that’s a hard question! I love sooo many different types of music from so many artists. I think some people many find it weird that Sara Bareilles is one of my biggest influences, but it’s true! I love N*Sync 13yr old love, haha. There is a song off of this little EP she made in between albums, called “Lie To Me.” It was made with a Garageband beat and there is a cool lyric in it: “Look into my eyes, when you say you love me, so I can see you lie to me.” I was like “DAMN” when I heard that. Also the drums are so cool! Musically it’s just a simple song but really effective. Sara sings the crap out of anything and she is an excellent writer. I think that after I heard that song, not only was I super excited for her another album, but I started to not be afraid to write more “aggressive” lyrics. I was like well snaps, Sara Bareilles seems to be able to combine rhythms that and melodies that sound so sweet but then when you listen to the lyrics, you’re like ...oh that’s not so sweet at all. I like that contrast. It keeps things interesting in a song.

The Coffeehouse Invite: You said that music is a way of connecting with the community. How does music bring our communities together and are there any experiences you would like to share that show that?

Socorra: Music and the arts in general are culture. Music gives people a way of expressing and feeling what is sometimes difficult to say out loud. It gives us a voice. One of my most favorite moments was this past April’s SoFA Street Fair. I was performing solo at the SoFA Market and it was so fun to have a supportive audience sing with me on some of my covers! A member of the audience also came up and jammed with me for the rest of my set. I love stuff like that. I love how spontaneous music can help people be. I think in an age where almost everything and anything we do is posted on social media, the spontaneity of life kinda dies out. But it was so great to look out into the audience and not see a bunch of phones in people's’ faces. Just a bunch of people jamming out in a little hallway, enjoying the music. People of all ages, colors, creeds etc. It was a beautiful thing.

The Coffeehouse Invite: How did you know you wanted to pursue music?

Socorra: I think I always knew deep down. I was just afraid to admit it to myself. It’s a scary thing to want to pursue any of your passions. I think especially a passion that doesn’t have any real huge monetary benefits until much much later...if at all. But it is just something that is a part of me and I can’t see myself without making music is some capacity.

The Coffeehouse Invite: Any advice you would give to someone who is interested in pursuing the music industry?

Tweet: Get good. Work hard. Be patient. Build a community. Embrace your differences. @lailaniafrica @socorramusic Tweet this!

Socorra: Get good. Work hard. Be patient. Build a community and become part of your local community. Embrace your differences.

The Coffeehouse Invite: What are 3 tips on staying creative you would like to share with others?


  1. Get out of your everyday space as often as possible (get perspective)
  2. Get out into your community and meet new people.
  3. Being creative doesn’t always mean that YOU are making your own music all of the time. You can still be creative by helping someone else out. We have to lift eachother up.

The Coffeehouse Invite: What can we expect from you this year?

Socorra: An EP! More shows!

The Coffeehouse Invite: At CHI we encourage others to reach out and find people to collaborate with. Are you looking for anyone to work with? If so let, our CHI community know.

Socorra: I’m always down to work with others! I’m not looking for anyone in particular right now, but I am open ears to anything!