Music Feature

L.A based Russian beauty will have you speaking in tongues 

Cooper

In our search for a romantic relationship and partner in life, we will inevitably cross paths with those who will show us the kinds of qualities we don’t want in a partner as signposts on the road towards our true love. For some, it may only take a short time to find their forever partner, while for others, it may take several years. The key is to also take notice of the qualities we are looking for in a romantic relationship and not to limit the possibilities based on physical attributes since we never know what diamond in the rough may be waiting for us under the next overturned stone. A good romantic relationship partner is one who encourages us to be the best version of ourselves without attachment to the outcome or losing who we are in the process. They would love us for who we are, as we are and where we are while simultaneously loving the person they know we can become; this is what true love is in its purest form. When we meet this partner, we will be able to weather any storm of life together with them for they will walk alongside us, never behind or in front of us. In her new single, ‘Speak In Tongues’, Cooper Phillip explores the passion of infinite love with a sound that is sensual and ethereal.

Cooper Phillip is an L.A.-based pop-soul singer-songwriter and musician who began her musical journey at a very young age. Born into a family of accomplished classical musicians in a Russian small town, her early childhood was spent being raised by both her grandmother and aunt while her mother, a master violin player with various symphonies, toured around the globe. Finding solace in music due to the separation, she was mesmerized with the vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald and began teaching herself every nuance of phrasing and jazz intonations from Fitzgerald’s songs until she knew them inside and out. Winning a vocal competition at the age 11 by singing one of Ella’s songs, it was the spark that lit the musical fire where she then started singing every day, taking in the sounds of Barbra Streisand and studying a wide range of artists. “Something about being in front of an audience and winning a competition at such a young age only made me more curious and interested in seeing what I could do with my voice,” she explains.

Cooper

Cooper permanently went to live with her mother at the age of 12, and while it was a major adjustment for them both, her mother soon realized her daughter had a gift. Phillip’s mother decided to help expand her musical talents by giving up her own flourishing career and enrolling her daughter in the prestigious Moscow State Classical Academy, where she studied classical piano, music theory, harp, jazz, blues, ballet, and voice.  While there, it was her vocal teacher at the academy who would prove to be the most pivotal in her development when she introduced her to the music of Mariah Carey. Cooper became obsessed. “I would just listen to her for hours upon hours,” she says. Working diligently to expand her range and control her voice to impress her teachers, she took everything that came on her path by feeding off of the challenge.

With a strong sense of determination to pursue an international career in music, Cooper had her sights set on the big city and moved to New York City at the age of 17 with her mother’s permission. The songstress worked and hustled with barely a dollar to her name, performing 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 from her goal. After a year in New York City, Phillip jumped at an opportunity to sing at an important gig in Los Angeles. She never went back. After meeting Yoni Blondy, a talented young producer who introduced her to Sundafu Kawah of Imaginary Ghost Management, Cooper began pouring her heart into songs she would write for debut EP called ‘Walk A Mile’. Writing several songs with Blondy, she found an outlet to tell her true-life stories of lost love and pain in soul-filled songs like ‘Black Box’, ‘Silence’, ‘Tough Love’ and title song ‘Walk A Mile’ while emitting authenticity and courage throughout her music.

Her new single, ‘Speak In Tongues’, a single co-written with Emmy Award-winning Max Matluck and Alessandro Calemme, featuring dreamy and sensual soundscapes, metaphorical lyricism, ethereal yet powerfully explosive vocal melodies, and subtle piano. When asked about the inspiration behind her new single, Cooper replies, “[It’s] about living through the feeling of love and passion and capturing this state of mind – love that has no drama, no tension, and no limits.” Highlighting the soaring, angelic background vocals, the single takes some inspiration from Enya. “There is a big influence in this particular arranging style of Celtic pop. I thought it could be really cool to bring that element and combine it with the urban pop sound of today,” she adds. Phillip’s music also features an underlying theme of strength, grace, and empowerment. “I believe we underestimate ourselves often and our fear takes over. My goal is to show people that they are stronger and can do much more then they think they can,” she concedes.

Wondering what wisdom the young songstress may have to share, I asked if there was a single message that she would want to put out there to make the world the kind of place that she would aspire to live in, what would that message be, she states, “My message would be to trust yourself and look for all the answers inside. We tend to look elsewhere but the truth is we all know the answers, we’re just sometimes too scared to realize it. Be you, be strong, and never stop believing in your dream because everything is possible.”