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Biography

Music is in ZouZou Mansour’s soul and she learned that from an early age. Since second grade she wanted to sing and knew she’d pursue music. Soraia officially began in 2004 when ZouZou Mansour and Travis Smith met and became a songwriting team.

Inspiration for the band name Soraia comes from ZouZou’s birth name: Soraia which means “Bright Guiding Star” in Arabic. Taking her name and embodying the meaning, the two set off on a songwriting journey translating their passion, energy and drive into music. Their band grew to incorporate Mike Reisman on guitar and Brianna Sig on drums to finalize the group.

ZouZou Mansour:  The singer, songwriter and mastermind behind Soraia. Mansour is a self described phoenix-like figure, who carries her story of survival and transcendence from a past littered with addiction, abuse and alcoholism. “I want to write something that’s true and honest. I write for the impact on people who are going to hear the song, to positively change them in some way,” she says.

ZouZou Mansour: The singer, songwriter and mastermind behind Soraia. Mansour is a self described phoenix-like figure, who carries her story of survival and transcendence from a past littered with addiction, abuse and alcoholism. “I want to write something that’s true and honest. I write for the impact on people who are going to hear the song, to positively change them in some way,” she says.

Travis Smith:  Bassist, songwriter and background vocal for Soraia. Smith and Mansour create the foundation of the group as the dynamic songwriters. The two worked together since the beginning of Soraia in 2004. His interest in punk and underground music brings a progressive, energizing sound to the band.

Travis Smith: Bassist, songwriter and background vocal for Soraia. Smith and Mansour create the foundation of the group as the dynamic songwriters. The two worked together since the beginning of Soraia in 2004. His interest in punk and underground music brings a progressive, energizing sound to the band.

Mike Reisman : Lead guitarist and vocalist for Soraia. His fierce, searing guitars add the melody and magic to the music. The band’s energetic, intoxicating live show is felt through Mansour’s and Reisman’s interactions on stage.

Mike Reisman: Lead guitarist and vocalist for Soraia. His fierce, searing guitars add the melody and magic to the music. The band’s energetic, intoxicating live show is felt through Mansour’s and Reisman’s interactions on stage.

Brianna Sig : Drummer and backup vocalist for Soraia. As the backbone of the band, and a warrior at heart, her hard hitting beats are the driving force of the live experience. The future of drummers is female with Sig with her efforts to educate and inspire young girls to play in a rock band.

Brianna Sig: Drummer and backup vocalist for Soraia. As the backbone of the band, and a warrior at heart, her hard hitting beats are the driving force of the live experience. The future of drummers is female with Sig with her efforts to educate and inspire young girls to play in a rock band.


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