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Korean-American Singer-Songwriter & Record Producer

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Korean-American musician Margaret Sohn, aka Miss Grit, makes relatable songs that masterfully dissect the feeling of self-doubt with scalpel-like precision. Her Impostor EP is an astounding collection of her technical prowess as a guitarist, her gifted ear for melodies with staying power, and her immensely evocative lyricism. Throughout, she deftly traverses between genres, moods, and experiments.

As a kid growing up in the Michigan suburbs, Margaret Sohn dreamed of being a guitarist in a band, playing music that someone else wrote. As she studied music technology at New York University, she began to dream of creating effects pedals for a living. Her realization that she could manipulate music led to her simultaneous first attempts at songwriting and producing.

On the heels of her debut EP, Talk Talk, which NME called an “essential listen” and “a truly awe-inspiring first work,” she returns with a collection that’s more cathartic, resolute, and fully documents the array of talents she brings as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer. Her second EP, Impostor, is a polished collection of six songs. Drawing from a myriad of influences, the EP explores the titular “impostor syndrome” that so often characterizes the insecurities of the early 20s. Part of that uneasiness for Sohn was her initial success with Talk Talk and the feeling “she was someone who was impersonating a musician.” Her solution? Producing the EP by herself at Brooklyn’s Virtue and Vice Studios so that she “couldn’t feel like a fraud” if she was the sole creator.

For Sohn, songwriting and production go hand in hand with most of her songs built around an element or instrument that strikes her. “Don’t Wander,” the EP’s hypnotic, ethereal opening track, began with the “glitchy guitar tone” that sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, especially when layered over her increasingly distorted vocals.

“Buy the Banter,” meanwhile, was written around a dirty, aggressive bass line that quickly pulls the listener from the dreamscape of the opening track into a harsh reality, where “power waits for nobody” and anyone who craves it must “play their game or you’ll dissolve to nothing,” as Sohn sings.

The songs on Impostor can drastically shift from delicate to explosive and the sheer power from her voice and guitar is tangible. Just take the inventive “Dark Side of the Party,” with its fuzzed-out riffs and synth theatrics. It’s an anthem feeling out of place at a smug party full of surface-level conversations and ulterior motives. She sings, “I can’t tell hearts apart from spare parts/I try, I try, I try/Why can’t I?.” Sohn explains, “you’ll meet people who are basically the antitheses of impostor syndrome who think they know more than they do and are devoid from self-doubt. They deflect other perspectives as opposed to allowing others’ perspectives in.”

The EP’s theme also addresses Sohn’s life-long navigation through the racial impostor syndrome she experienced as a half-Korean girl “trying to fit into the white space” of the suburbs. Not even a move to New York City could ease her internal conflict between “basic white girl” and her Asian-American identity.

“Blonde” synthesizes these two kinds of impostor syndrome, with Sohn quietly singing, “I wish I was blonde,” over a minimal, ringing guitar riff. The song grows more complex over a nearly six-minute timespan, crescendoing to crashing drums, heavy riffs, and Sohn yelling “And I’ve got nothing to say” over it all. Just as quickly, the song doesn’t break down as much as it collapses into a simple bassline, the same guitar riff from the beginning of the song, and Sohn’s pitched-down voice slowly fading into oblivion as she repeats over and over, somewhat ironically, that she’s got nothing to say.

“I’ve gone my whole life feeling really uncomfortable defining myself,” Sohn says. “I realized that a lot of the time, I’m more comfortable with other people defining me and making up their mind about who I’m supposed to be.” Writing this EP, she claims, helped her understand that futile pattern.

For Sohn, Miss Grit is a way for her to create a defined version of herself that doesn’t need to be realistic. Expressing herself through her powerful, confident music while still being vulnerable about her insecurities is a dynamic that characterizes her work, with all of its cathartic pushes and pulls of emotion. Ultimately, Sohn says, the Impostor EP is about feeling self-doubt, working through it with music, and letting it all subside.

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Miss Grit

Korean-American Singer-Songwriter & Record Producer

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Miss Grit Biography

Korean-American musician Margaret Sohn, aka Miss Grit, makes relatable songs that masterfully dissect the feeling of self-doubt with scalpel-like precision. Her Impostor EP is an astounding collection of her technical prowess as a guitarist, her gifted ear for melodies with staying power, and her immensely evocative lyricism. Throughout, she deftly traverses between genres, moods, and experiments.

As a kid growing up in the Michigan suburbs, Margaret Sohn dreamed of being a guitarist in a band, playing music that someone else wrote. As she studied music technology at New York University, she began to dream of creating effects pedals for a living. Her realization that she could manipulate music led to her simultaneous first attempts at songwriting and producing.

On the heels of her debut EP, Talk Talk, which NME called an “essential listen” and “a truly awe-inspiring first work,” she returns with a collection that’s more cathartic, resolute, and fully documents the array of talents she brings as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer. Her second EP, Impostor, is a polished collection of six songs. Drawing from a myriad of influences, the EP explores the titular “impostor syndrome” that so often characterizes the insecurities of the early 20s. Part of that uneasiness for Sohn was her initial success with Talk Talk and the feeling “she was someone who was impersonating a musician.” Her solution? Producing the EP by herself at Brooklyn’s Virtue and Vice Studios so that she “couldn’t feel like a fraud” if she was the sole creator.

For Sohn, songwriting and production go hand in hand with most of her songs built around an element or instrument that strikes her. “Don’t Wander,” the EP’s hypnotic, ethereal opening track, began with the “glitchy guitar tone” that sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, especially when layered over her increasingly distorted vocals.

“Buy the Banter,” meanwhile, was written around a dirty, aggressive bass line that quickly pulls the listener from the dreamscape of the opening track into a harsh reality, where “power waits for nobody” and anyone who craves it must “play their game or you’ll dissolve to nothing,” as Sohn sings.

The songs on Impostor can drastically shift from delicate to explosive and the sheer power from her voice and guitar is tangible. Just take the inventive “Dark Side of the Party,” with its fuzzed-out riffs and synth theatrics. It’s an anthem feeling out of place at a smug party full of surface-level conversations and ulterior motives. She sings, “I can’t tell hearts apart from spare parts/I try, I try, I try/Why can’t I?.” Sohn explains, “you’ll meet people who are basically the antitheses of impostor syndrome who think they know more than they do and are devoid from self-doubt. They deflect other perspectives as opposed to allowing others’ perspectives in.”

The EP’s theme also addresses Sohn’s life-long navigation through the racial impostor syndrome she experienced as a half-Korean girl “trying to fit into the white space” of the suburbs. Not even a move to New York City could ease her internal conflict between “basic white girl” and her Asian-American identity.

“Blonde” synthesizes these two kinds of impostor syndrome, with Sohn quietly singing, “I wish I was blonde,” over a minimal, ringing guitar riff. The song grows more complex over a nearly six-minute timespan, crescendoing to crashing drums, heavy riffs, and Sohn yelling “And I’ve got nothing to say” over it all. Just as quickly, the song doesn’t break down as much as it collapses into a simple bassline, the same guitar riff from the beginning of the song, and Sohn’s pitched-down voice slowly fading into oblivion as she repeats over and over, somewhat ironically, that she’s got nothing to say.

“I’ve gone my whole life feeling really uncomfortable defining myself,” Sohn says. “I realized that a lot of the time, I’m more comfortable with other people defining me and making up their mind about who I’m supposed to be.” Writing this EP, she claims, helped her understand that futile pattern.

For Sohn, Miss Grit is a way for her to create a defined version of herself that doesn’t need to be realistic. Expressing herself through her powerful, confident music while still being vulnerable about her insecurities is a dynamic that characterizes her work, with all of its cathartic pushes and pulls of emotion. Ultimately, Sohn says, the Impostor EP is about feeling self-doubt, working through it with music, and letting it all subside.

Miss Grit Videos

  • NSR Music Interview: Miss Grit

FAQs on booking Miss Grit

  • How to book Miss Grit?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Miss Grit for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Miss Grit, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Miss Grit or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Miss Grit?

    Booking fees for Miss Grit, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Miss Grit, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Miss Grit?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Miss Grit for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Miss Grit for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Miss Grit or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Miss Grit or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Miss Grit is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Miss Grit for your event is available upon request. Miss Grit generally travels from Brooklyn, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Gryffin, THE BLOSSOM, Nancy Whang, Saint Motel and Fleet Foxes. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Miss Grit for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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