Updated: Mar 2
Russian-born, Los Angeles-based pop-soul artist Cooper Phillip drops says she's "Not Perfect" in new empowering girls anthem.
The new release features infectious pop melodies with confident vocals that narrate embracing one's own faults and understanding that even though we can never be truly perfect, we are enough.
Phillip once again showcased her soaring vocals and passionate songwriting skills in Not Perfect while showcasing her intense drive and elevating herself to the top of her genre.
Born in a small town in Russia to a family of accomplished classical musicians, her early years were shaped being raised by her grandmother and aunt while her mother, a master violin player, toured around the world with various symphonies. This separation led Phillip to take comfort in music where she was enamored by the vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald. A young Phillip taught herself Fitzgerald’s songs inside and out, noticing every nuance of phrasing and jazz intonations. Phillip eventually enrolled at the prestigious Moscow State Classical Academy where she studied classical piano, music theory, harp, jazz, blues, ballet, and voice. The songstress worked diligently to expand her vocal range and control, taking everything that came in her path and feeding off of the challenge.
Recognizing her daughter’s talent and charisma, Phillip’s mother gave up her flourishing career to accompany a young Cooper on tour throughout Russia. Determined to pursue an international career in music, Phillip moved to New York City at the age of 17. With barely a dollar to her name, the singer worked and hustled, performing at 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 the city, Phillip jumped at an opportunity to sing at an important gig in Los Angeles. She never went back. Phillip’s music 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 than they think they can”, she admits. Using true-life stories, hardships, and experiences, the songwriter emits authenticity and courage throughout her music.
Listen to "Not Perfect" below.
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