Pop Singer/songwriter Cooper Phillip on Collaborating with Durand Bernarr, how she got started And Creative Process

Cooper Phillip, a rising star in the pop music scene, is renowned for her outspoken, direct, and unconventional style. She has racked up millions of streams thanks to her strong vocals and innate musical ability, as well as praise from prestigious publications. Her extraordinary combination of personality and talent makes her a distinctive presence in the field. Cooper Phillip has achieved success as a self-employed artist, and she has no intention of slowing down any time soon.

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Can you tell us about the inspiration behind your new single “THE ANSWERS”?
I worked on this song during the pandemic when the world didn’t know what was going to happen next. So everyone was looking for the answers and this state of mind influenced my desire to talk about the unknown space in front of us and how we are looking for the answers. 

What was the experience like collaborating with Durand Bernarr on this track and music video?
It was a very creative, out-of-the-box, new vision. It was incredible. I’m so grateful for this collaboration. 

The music video for “THE ANSWERS” is visually stunning and thought-provoking. Can you walk us through the creative process behind it?
We wanted to create a visual space where every person can find a unique meaning. The concert was created by a dear friend of mine who recently passed away. She was so excited about the song and created all the elements of the video including the styling. I’m so heartbroken about my dear friend and video director Julia passing away. But I knew how much it meant for her and how strongly she believed in the song. 


Your vocals on “THE ANSWERS” are soulful and powerful. Can you tell us about your vocal training and how you developed your unique sound?
Thank you. I practiced for years and studied voice for over 20 years. My first love was Mariah Carey. I started mimicking her songs when I was 12 years old and realized how much our voices have in common. Then I studied soul and gospel music and it created a mix that I call ME.

Your music often addresses important social and emotional issues. How do you approach writing and creating music with a message?
Being in the moment is so important. Living through reality and learning from the past. I love talking about what’s happening in my life because I feel that connects me with my audience the most. We live in an era of music honesty. People can sense everything. 

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You’ve been described as a “genre-bending” artist. How do you navigate different genres in your music while maintaining your own unique style?
I love pop music. Always. I love gospel and blues, also R&B music is part of my DNA. I don’t even think about genres. I just create in a moment! 

What can fans expect from your upcoming album, and how does “THE ANSWERS” fit into the larger body of work?
I will put out my EP soon. It’s definitely pop with R&B flavors. It’s very diverse. I love being different. It allows me to evolve and experiment. 

How has the pandemic impacted your creative process and the way you connect with fans?
The pandemic made me very self-observant. I learned a lot of new things about myself and made over 30 new records. It opened up new opportunities and ways of creating music which impacted me in a really good way. 

What advice do you have for aspiring musicians and artists who are trying to break into the industry?
Be YOU. 

What’s next for Cooper Phillip, and what are your goals for the future?
My self-titled EP is coming out soon. I am super excited.


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