A MUSICIAN and activist who grew up in Seaview has released a new single targeting climate change.

Warm Waters Rising is the latest release from singer, saxophonist and violinist Sophie Simonds, 25, who has gradually built a YouTube presence during the past few years.

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Having relocated to Spain in October 2019, and spent 2020 locked in her apartment due to Covid restrictions, she was christened 'Saxo Sophie' when performing from her window.

The first member of Sophie's family to arrive on the Island was Blackall Simonds, her father's great grandfather, in 1846. He built Caversham House — now Ryde School — in 1860.

Her Grandfather Max, one of three previous generations of the family from Seaview, features on the album cover for Warm Waters Rising, with Sophie appearing as a toddles in the photo taken on Seaview Bay in 1997.

Isle of Wight County Press: The cover for new single Warm Waters RisingThe cover for new single Warm Waters Rising

Regarding the new single, Sophie said: "I've witnessed the effects of climate change first hand, living on the beach watching the plant and animal life struggle to cope with rapid changes in weather and ocean current patterns.

"In my lifetime, human action has reduced animal populations, forests and fresh water reserves in the ice caps and glaciers by 50%.

"We don't have the luxury of time — we have to act before it is too late and we need to explain to our children why the Gulf stream stopped flowing."

Isle of Wight County Press: A young Sophie with saxophoneA young Sophie with saxophone

Warm Waters Rising is part of an upcoming Lockdown EP, which will be released in April.

A pre-released version of the track was made available before the official single release:

The song will be available for download on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music, from tomorrow (Sunday, February 28).