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Soko performing at Loppen in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Background information
Birth name Stéphanie Sokolinski
Born 1985
Origin Bordeaux, France
Genres Folk, rock, indie
Occupations Actress, singer
Years active 2002–Present

SoKo (born Stéphanie Sokolinski) is a French singer and actress. She is best known for her 2007 single "I'll Kill Her".


Early life

Sokolinski was born in Bordeaux, France to a Polish family. She has used the nickname Soko as long as she can remember.[1] Sokolinski left home at 16, quit school and moved to Paris to start acting class with Eva St Paul where she studied for one year; she then resumed her education at several different schools, but quickly tired of it. She later appeared in several French films and began to write songs.[1]

Musical career

In 2007, Sokolinski achieved a hit single in Denmark with her song "I'll Kill Her" after the radio program The Black Boy Scouts began to promote it.[2] The song reached number one on the chart of the Danish version of the iTunes Store and was the number one song in rotation on radio.[1][2] The song is also a hit in Australia, being played on high rotation on Triple J radio[3]; it later placed number nine in the Triple J Hottest 100 2007 music poll. The song was also popular in Belgium being played by Studio Brussel and Radio 1, and in The Netherlands, being picked up by 3FM radio station. In October 2007 her music was featured in Stella McCartney’s fashion show in Paris.[4] She toured in the UK in late 2007 supporting M.I.A. on the KALA Tour. Since early 2008 she has also been played in Germany by 1LIVE, first only at night in 1Live Plan B but later, due to high demand, throughout the whole day.

Sokolinski has not yet released a full album, but has self-released one EP Not Sokute, and collaborated with The Go! Team and Cornershop, the latter on a song called "Something Makes You Feel Like". She has her own record label called Babycat Records and is signed to Because Music in France.

Live performances

Sokolinski has had sold-out concerts in Scandinavia, Britain, and Australia.[1] She performed at the Falls Festival at the end of 2008, the Southbound Festival and the Sunset Sounds Festival at the start of 2009. She has performed in the Los Angeles venues Henry Fonda, Troubadour, Bootleg Theatre, Spaceland, and Echoplex, and has played in support of Pete Doherty, Babyshambles, Kate Nash, Nouvelle Vague, Daniel Johnston and Johnny Borrell.

As a live performer, she is unpredictable and never utilises a set list; her backing band consists mostly of different friend-musicians at each show. She sometimes plays up to 3 hours by herself, in intimate and quiet venues.

Musical hiatus

On January 19, 2009 Sokolinski stated on her MySpace page that she was quitting music and is 'dead', writing that she was scared of the music industry and wanted to return to acting. Despite having recorded a double album in Seattle, she is not willing to release it. In August of the same year, she declared that she was 'reborn' and writing songs such as "I'm So Ready To Be A Good Man" where she writes:

"in my battle with the demons I just had to die coz they're way too evil and I couldn't fight"

She later referred to the pressure of the music industry, before declaring that she was "having a new heart and being ready to be a new man".

Acting career

In Februray 2010, Soko was nominated for a César Award as best actress for her role in 'A l'origine' by Xavier Giannoli.



  • 2002 in french TV : Clara, cet été là de Patrick Grandperret : Zoe
  • 2003 in french film  : L'escalier de Frederic Mermoud
  • 2006 in french TV  : Louis Page (season 8) : Lydia
  • 2006 in french TV : Commissaire Valence (season 4) : Camille Valence
  • 2006 in french film : Les Irréductibles de Renaud Bertrand : Lucie
  • 2006 in french film : Mes copines de Sylvie Ayme : Manon
  • 2006 in french film : Madame Irma de Didier Bourdon : la jeune lycéenne
  • 2007 in french film : Ma place au soleil de Eric de Montalier : Sabine
  • 2007 in french film : Dans les cordes de Magaly Richard-Serrano : Sandra
  • 2007 in french film : Ma vie n'est pas une comédie romantique de Marc Gibaja : Lisa
  • 2007 in french TV : Les Diablesses de Harry Cleven : Eliane/Denise
  • 2009 in french film : In the Beginning ( French: À l'origine) de Xavier Giannoli

Personal life

As of October 2008, Sokolinski is living in Los Angeles, California and dating Alex Ebert, lead singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. She is a vegan.


Year Song FR DK SWZ BEL Album
2007 "I'll Kill Her" - 2[6] - 3[7] Not Sokute


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