July 7, 2020
Tune-In Tuesdays #77 BONUS: Not Perfect by Cooper Phillip
“Not Perfect” by Cooper PhillipSource: Not Perfect | Cooper Phillip
About the Artist
Born in a small town in Russia, Phillip was surrounded by music thanks to her classically-trained family members.
“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,” says the press release for ‘Not Perfect.’ “This separation led Phillip to take comfort in music where she was enamored by the vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald.”
Phillip studied Fitzgerald’s work intensively at a young age before enrolling in the Moscow State Classical Academy. Her mother took notice of her talent and later accompanied her on a tour through Russia.
“Determined to pursue an international career in music, Phillip moved to New York City at the age of 17,” the press release continues. “With barely a dollar to her name, the singer worked and hustled, 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.”
Now, Phillip has garnered the attention of over 10 million listeners online and has a devoted following in her current home city of Los Angeles. Her discography inspires strength and empowerment with an air of grace.
“Not Perfect” by Cooper Phillip
The single has an undeniable presence from its very start. Within seconds, you know you’re in for a feel-good anthem.
Structurally and instrumentally, the track keeps you on your toes with it’s fluid incorporation of diverse elements. Each instrument, backing vocal, and sound effect adds yet another layer to amplify the energy of “Not Perfect.” It’s clear the track was crafted passionately by a formally trained musician.
Lyrically, “Not Perfect” shatters beauty standards with utmost honesty.
“I’m not perfect, but I just keep telling myself,– “Not Perfect” by Cooper Phillip
Phillip doesn’t attempt to front by eluding false confidence. Rather, she embraces all aspects that encompass her being — and in doing so, encourages listeners to do the same.
Although the message is neatly packaged in a catchy hook, it tackles an idea that’s far bigger than you may realize if you’re only humming along to “Not Perfect” in passing.
Not only is it a revolt against beauty standards, it’s a shot fired at the idea that your faults are something to be ashamed of. That they’re, somehow, less a part of your identity than the traits you’re more willing to present to the world.
Instead, the singer acknowledges her own imperfections and doesn’t let them taint herself image. It’s moving.
Vocally, the track shines a direct spotlight on Phillip’s talent. Her delivery is strong and fierce, yet sweet and smooth like caramel.
Overall, “Not Perfect” is a signature summer bop to blast as you work on the quarantine edition of your tan from the comfort
(and confines) of your backyard. It’s a refreshing pop song with a phenomenal core message.
Give Cooper Phillip’s “Not Perfect” a listen on Spotify now!
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