Edited by Vaughn Lowery
With her stunning voice and intense drive, COOPER PHILLIP captures the undivided attention of most people around her. COOPER has always been a small town girl with big dreams. Born in Russia to a family of classical musicians, her adolescent years were shaped by her grandmother and aunt. Her mother, a master violin player, toured the world with various symphonies. This separation led COOPER to take comfort in music at an early age where she was mesmerized by the vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald. She learned many of her songs, paying close attention to her pronunciation and vocal tone. At 12 years of age, COOPER went to live with her mother. It was a major adjustment for both of them, but her mom soon realized her daughter possessed a gift and encouraged her musical talents. Moreover, COOPER attended the prestigious Moscow State Classical Academy (she studied classical piano, theory, harp, jazz, blues, ballet and voice). Her vocal teacher at the academy introduced her to the music of Mariah Carey – COOPER was obsessed!
“I WOULD JUST LISTEN TO HER FOR HOURS, UPON HOURS.”
She diligently worked to expand her range and control her voice to impress both her audience and her teachers. She loved the challenge.
“[THERE’S] SOMETHING ABOUT BEING IN FRONT OF A [LIVE] AUDIENCE; AND WINNING A COMPETITION AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE, ONLY MADE ME MORE CURIOUS …. AND, I BECAME [MORE] INTERESTED IN SEEING WHAT I COULD DO WITH MY VOICE.”
She began singing every day, taking in the sounds of Barbra Streisand and learned both classical piano and harp.
Determined to pursue a career in music, COOPER’s mother allowed her to move to New York City at 17. With barely a dollar to her name, she worked and hustled, singing in weddings and clubs and sleeping in the storeroom of a restaurant where she sang. It wasn’t easy but she would not be deterred. After a few years in NYC, COOPER jumped at an opportunity to sing in Los Angeles. With a strong sense of direction, COOPER began pouring her heart into songs she would write for her debut EP, Walk A Mile. In writing, she found an outlet to tell her story of love and pain in soul-filled ballads like Black Box, Tough Love and her song, Silence. She’s performed her music at various venues in LA such as Viper Room, Soho House, Spaghettini, Hotel Café and Sayers Club.
For additional information on this recording artist visit http://cooperphillipmusic.com.