Cooper Phillip feat. Durand Bernarr “The Answers”
A classically trained Russian-born and Los Angeles-based musician with a skyscraping voice and unapologetic hustle and attitude, Cooper Phillip asserts herself as a bold, blunt, and boundary-breaking force for pop music and culture. The artist’s outsized personality matches her towering vocal range and instinctual musical intuition. As such, she’s independently emerged as a buzzing presence on her own terms, tallying millions of streams and earning acclaim from the likes of WONDERLAND., American Songwriter, Earmilk, and Hollywood Life, to name a few.
Now, Cooper amplifies her voice on the global stage like never before with a series of 2023 singles and much more to come.
“I went through some quiet time of transformation, but I know who I truly am as an artist now,” she exclaims. “I’m making honest music and talking about things that matter.”
As a kid, she called the provincial city of Saratov home. With mom on tour as a classical violinist, Cooper grew up under the watch of her aunt and grandmother. Nevertheless, she naturally absorbed her mother’s passion for music. Early on, she picked up piano and harp in addition to honing her voice in choir. As if split between worlds, she immersed herself in the timeless compositions of Tchaikovsky and Puccini as well as the vocal acrobatics of R&B superstars a la Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.
A prodigy in her own right, she gained admission into the prestigious Moscow State Classical Academy, studying piano, music theory, harp, jazz, blues, voice, and ballet and working towards a Master’s Degree. Invited to New York City by some friends, she wound up cutting her teeth in the Big Apple scene at barely 19-years-old. In order to survive, she sang anywhere she could—from local clubs to weddings. “I was in survival mode, just hustling, learning, and struggling,” she recalls.
As if manifesting the future through a diligent commitment to her craft, she accepted an opportunity to record in Los Angeles and never left. She evolved one single at a time and gained palpable traction, building an audience of over 300K on Instagram. “Party By Myself” accumulated north of 1.6 million Spotify streams followed by “Not Perfect” with 561K Spotify streams. WONDERLAND spotlighted her and hailed “Head Over Heels” as “a feel-good party with empowering trumpets and glittering synths.” American songwriter promised, “It entices the listener into an almost otherworldly place and time.” 2022’s “Masterpiece” attracted praise from Digital High, Celeb Mix, and The Fox Magazine who proclaimed, “With her intense drive, soaring vocals, and passionate songwriting, Phillip is elevating herself to the top of her genre.”
Now, she levels up again on the 2023 single “The Answers” [feat. Durand Bernarr]. The nocturnal beat underlines emotionally charged verses before she flexes her high register on the bridge. It climaxes with a hyper catchy chorus augmented by a rollercoaster crescendo with fluttering intonation, blurring the lines between cinematic sonic architecture, R&B spirit, and pop universality.
In the end, Cooper transmits an uplifting and undeniable message at the heart of her music.
“I’m just a free soul with lots of ideas on how to make this world a happier place,” she leaves off. “When you listen to me, I hope you take away self-observation and power. I want you to know you can listen to your gut and your heart. Believe, create, be happy, and make your own decisions. I want to show you it’s possible to be strong.”