If you’ve been looking for some new music to add to your collection, we have just the answer! Singer/songwriter Lindsey Cohen has already won us over with her strong, unmistakable voice and her honest, relatable lyrics, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to her in this video exclusive for “Daisies!” Listen and watch for yourself—you’ll see why we’re addicted to this 17-year-old NYC native…
I see that you write your songs as a way of getting feelings out that you’re too shy to verbalize otherwise. Do you tell people about the songs that they’ve influenced or let it remain a mystery?
I don’t tell people that they influenced a song. I think that people relate to songs differently and I want listeners to think of experiences in their lives when they hear mine. You and I may both like a particular song but connect most with different verses or phrases or even melodies within that song. I think music is an honest way to relate to other people through their particuar personal views and moods.
Who is your dream collaboration?
Either The Black Keys, Regina Spektor or Fiona Apple. I love the heavy bluesiness that The Black Keys bring to their music and I love the quirkiness and intelligence of Regina Spektor’s lyrics. I relate to Fiona Apple’s songs and voice and I love that every time I listen to her songs, I notice something new in the production, the music or the lyrics. She just moves me. I would love to meet her.
Where do you do your best song writing and creative work?
I usually write my best songs late at night in my room. That’s usually when I’m thinking over the things that are happening in my life or when things that bother me find their way to the surface of my mind. The quiet of my sleeping house late at night brings a stillness to inspect my feelings.
What is your favorite song to belt at the top of your lungs in the shower?
Right now, it’s “Unbelievers” by Vampire Weekend. The beat and the lyrics are so catchy— I’m a huge Vampire Weekend fan.
What is your dream venue to perform at?
Radio City Music Hall— My mom took to me to see my first concert, Sheryl Crow, there when I was five. I still remember standing on my chair and singing along to all the songs. I have been back m any times since—wow, how neat would that be?
Did you start out your musical career knowing you wanted to release an album/EP or was it originally just a recreational hobby?
Music has always been a passion for me. My dad loves music and plays the guitar, so I grew up listening to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello and Sheryl Crow. I started singing to accompany my dad while he played the guitar, and it stuck. I started taking voice lessons when I was 11 and writing my own songs when I was 14. I felt that I had a lot to say, and I found that I could dig a little deeper into my feelings by combining music with my words.