Joseph Somers-Morales is a Texan singer-songwriter who performs under the name of Somo. Though his father played in a Jazz-Rock band called Duck Soup, Somo showed little interest in music himself until he received a piano from his mom for Christmas in 2009. The youngster taught himself how to play by ear and recorded a cover of Chris Brown's "Crawl
," which he uploaded onto YouTube. His version soon went viral and Somo teamed up with producer and engineer Cody Tarpley to cut a series of other covers including a medley of Drake's Take Care
, which garnered over four million views.
Somo released his first mixtape, My Life
, on his birthday September 11, 2012. "It was important to stand out," he said "On My Life
, we implemented different styles to show I could write over any type of music. At the same time, it's a cohesive story about my actual life since I started making music. There are party moments. There's heartbreak. There's love. It's real."