If Channing Elizabeth Paul is the adroit, singer-songwriter with a gift for catchy melodies and playfully audacious lyrics, then alter ego, SoBE LASH, is the animated, out-sized personality that delivers these quirky arias with the electric verve and feverish energy of a crazed ringmaster. Born in southeast Houston, TX and raised on the soulful sounds of artist such as Betty Wright, Patty Labelle, and Whitney Houston, Channing began to combine these influences with her love for 90’s pop music acts like the Spice Girls at a very young age. Though she often cites contemporary artists like P!nk and Beyonce as influences, she also frequently references the cutting edge pop music of icons like Debbie Harry of Blondie and “all time favorite” Michael Jackson. The attitude, confidence and musicality that is the common denominator of these successful pop acts pervade the SoBE LASH sound and image, however; she has built on these attributes by incorporating the slick swagger of hip hop and the raw energy of electronic, punk and dance.
“As far as pure talent, she’s got that x 100,” collaborator R. Shilo of Shiboi concedes, “but what separates her from everyone else is that she is continuously pushing the envelope. She’s relentless, totally obsessed, and always redefining the boundaries”.
For the last 3 years, she has headlined the Erotic Ball in Houston, TX (with over 2,000 people in attendance each year). In 2015, she was personally invited to perform at one of the largest official SXSW concerts in Austin, TX (Bun B’s B-Day Bash featuring Big Krit, ASAP Rocky and many others). Additionally, she has been featured on local, national and international podcasts and blogs including Chvrches’ (band) Lauren Mayberry’s TYCI podcast, and has music in rotation on Houston stations 93.7 The Beat, GMT Radio, KTSU 90.9 and KPFT 90.1.
On stage, she and her band are a torrential force of nature and her persona is a carnival of divergent styles and conflicting personalities. The music is frenetic, adventurous, and rife with girl-power humor, sass and sexuality. Anchored by the dense, innovative production of music partner MSKO, and armed with unparalleled energy, talent and creativity, SoBE LASH delivers a shot of adrenaline, an alternative perspective, and makes it all look easy.