Soul/Adult Contemporary/Gospel/Ballad/Pop/Khmer Singer-Songwriter
Phanith Rama Sovann is a Cambodian-American young woman who was born in a refugee camp in Thailand when her family ran from the attempted genocide that occurred in Cambodia. At age two, her family was sponsored to the United States with nothing but a few bags of clothes. They first resided in Carson, CA for a few years in a small garage before moving to Long Beach, Ca which she calls home.
Sovann speaks, read, and writes English and Khmer fluently. She also picked up a little bit of Spanish. In High School, she became school International Ambassador, was involved in many school organizations and eventually won the school-wide pageant, winning her the title of Ms. Jackrabbit in 2007. Her talent in singing/songwriting and music is undeniable. She won the local John Lennon Songwriting contest in 2004 and Director’s award and the Pursuit of Excellence award in 2007. Sovann received her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in Women's Studies and a minor in Anthropology in three years. Following her graduation, Sovann quickly became a Youtube sensation and a well-respected artist in the Cambodian community locally and around the world.
Sovann has a deep love for humanitarian work and human rights advocacy and has been involved in the community, particularly the Long Beach community her whole life. Sovann grew up in Cambodian Harvest Church and has been a worship leader there for over ten years. She serves as chairman of the youth group committee and acts as a counselor, mentor, and teacher. During her time in college, she founded the Cambodian Awareness Organization, a club on the UCI campus dedicated to serving others at home and abroad. In addition to building leadership skills, serving the community, and building a strong supportive network, the organization raises funds and travels to Cambodia to work on a humanitarian project every year.
Sovann has volunteered at numerous other nonprofits and organizations that focus on everything from human rights, social services, to medical and health and wellness. Sovann has had experience in a variety of industries. She worked as a program specialist in the Substance Abuse Prevention Program at a multiethnic nonprofit agency in Long Beach, CA called Cambodian Association of America. She went on to become the best sales associate in the Indy-Savvy department at Nordstrom in the Southbay Galleria Mall. After the temporary gig, she landed a full-time job as a Youth
Program manager/Community Outreach Coordinator at Pioneer Circuits, a million dollar company. However; with her own office and prestigious title, she knew she would not find satisfaction in life, if she did not make use of her talent...music.
She is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master's of Arts in Intercultural Studies/International Development Degree while she is pursing her singing/music career full-time. With her experience as a lead vocalist of the C.H.C. band at church for over ten years, she knew that music was her life's calling.
In 2012, Sovann was given an opportunity to interview for a pageant that is tied to humanitarian work and promoting education. Out of many potential delegates, she was appointed as Miss Cambodia 2013. Sovann also held her first concert which brought out many members of the community and fans from all over Long Beach and other parts of California. Soonafter, Sovann was announced winner of the Long Beach Post’s 30 Women to Watch.
Although her family had humble beginnings, Sovann never let anything stop her from pursuing her dreams. Her courage and perseverance has made her a young woman of positive influence to her community and those around her. Even at the young age of 25, she has already impacted the world with her music, her courage, and her humanitarian efforts. Women in the Long Beach community and around the world revere Sovann as a woman of inspiration and a fierce young woman that has redefined “womanhood” and “success” as limitless possibilities and the capacity and compassion to give back to one’s community and a world in need.
- Performed at Kollaboration Los Angeles in 2014