The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today Special Episode: Somi

Somi's live album,

Somi's live album, "Holy Room," just received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Courtesy of Somi

Monday December 28, 2020

In this special episode of 217 Today, we hear one of Brian's favorite interviews of 2020.

Vocalist and composer Somi grew up in Champaign-Urbana, and her mother still lives here. Somi was in St. Louis working on a theater project when the pandemic forced it into hiatus. Rather than fly back to her home in New York City, the early epicenter of the pandemic, she drove three hours to Champaign to stay with her mother, where she would spend the next eight months.

Somi discusses her Grammy-nominated album, "Holy Room," and her short film project, "Somi: in the absence of things." She gave fans a first look at the short film earlier this month.