photo by John Mollura

photo by John Mollura

Sol Knopf is an award winning, Americana singer/songwriter and solo performer from Delaware best known for his distinctive baritone voice and timeless original songs. His moving single “My Baby Girl” (co-written with Geri Smith) has been touching lives all over the world since it's release in 2013. It has become one of the most requested, independently released, father/daughter dance songs at weddings across the USA and abroad.  In September 2015 "My Baby Girl" became the theme song for "Daughter's Lives Matter".... a Million Father March in San Bernardino County California. Sol headlined the event and received a Certificate of Recognition from the county for his continued advocacy of fatherhood importance and engagement. Then, in 2016 the song won 1st place in the Folk Music Category at the 2016 Smokey Mountain Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg, TN. The official "My Baby Girl" YouTube video has been viewed over one million times.

With over 7,000 performances in his career, Sol has toured the USA fronting show bands, been lead guitarist with Atlantic Records recording artists Mike Hines and the Look, has appeared on the Nashville Network and has been blessed to frequently share the stage with Grammy Award winning, Hall of of Fame inducted and accomplished hit songwriters such as Tony Arata, Doug James, Don Henry, Craig Bickhardt, Michael Johnson, Thom Schuyler and many more.

Nashville hit songwriter Craig Bickhardt, who has written four #1 hits and nine top 10 hits by legendary artists like Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Martina McBride, The Judds and many more, said this about Sol : "Sol writes what he lives and sings of the people he knows intimately. He does it all with the fearlessness of a seasoned artist who has fought his share of battles but hasn't sacrificed any of the keen joy of his acolyte days. His songs cover a vast territory but his characters always seem to come out on top because they find purpose even in life's more challenging moments. His music engages you in the sweet mysteries and asks you to recall innocence, disappointment, laughter and tears as if they are, in themselves, the whole point of the journey."

Grammy Nominated Producer Jim Salamone, who has worked with legends like Bon Jovi, Vanessa Williams, Grover Washington Jr and Teddy Pendergrass, said this about Sol: “There have been many passing fads in our industry but we are always in need of great songwriting. Sol is a great songwriter. It's like the difference between light bulbs and hula-hoops. Everyone knows who invented the light-bulb...noone remembers who made the hula-hoop. Sol Knopf creates lightbulbs! 

Hit songwriter Doug James (best known for writing 1990 BMI Song of the Year "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" with Michael Bolton ) said this about Sol: "Sol is one soulful and gifted musician, and one serious writer with a knack for doing the unexpected musically combined with a keen insight into the human condition and the ability to put what he sees, feels and feels about it into words."

Sol's songwriting has been described as "comfort food for the soul". His 2016 release, "Rehoboth Beach" , continues to express an affection for positive themes...from paying tribute to those who show bravery in their everyday lives with the song "Brave" (co-written with Nashville hit songwriter Odie Blackmon), to admiring those who aspire to change the world by touching one life at a time ("Just One Life"). "Rehoboth Beach" was dedicated to Sol's mother Dolores, who passed in 2014 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Sol donates 10% of all his merchandise sales to the Alzheimer's association to help #ENDALZ.

 

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