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  • Writer's pictureRosie G.

Caroline Polachek

Singer-songwriter Caroline Polachek has had an interesting career. Born here in NYC and raised in Connecticut where music was played at home. Her dad is a classically trained musician and by the time Caroline was 8 she started singing in choirs. Her father guided her musically and he bought her a Yamaha keyboard so she wouldn't be disruptive on the piano. When she was between the ages of 1 through 6 her family moved to Japan and there she says she was influenced by their music and anime. She is very careful with her vocals and believes in trusting your instrument.

When she got older she started traveling to NYC to attend concerts of artists that were hardcore emo, punk music, and jazz. She played with several bands while in high school and in college. When she relocated to New York to attend New York University she partnered up with musician Aaron Pfenning and formed their band Chairlift. In 2007 the band released their debut EP, Does You Inspire You. She has released a few EPs and in 2008 formed the Girls Crisis choir with 12 other female singers. They recorded an album a year of covers by bands Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Ace of Base, The Bangles, and Leonard Cohen until 2013. Since then she has released singles and has collaborated with Jorje Elbrecht of the Brooklyn-based Violens and even had one of her songs, No Angel that she co-wrote and co-produced for Beyonce featured on her self-titled album Beyoncé. An album that was Grammy nominated and gave Polachek who did production and engineering on the album a nomination as well. She says her musical influence was New Age singer-songwriter Enya and Caroline Polachek's music is best described as alternative pop and experimental. Last year she released her remake of the Cher song, Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) which was featured in the animated film Minions: The Rise of Gru. She has just released a new single and can't wait for the new album. Check out this talented singer-songwriter and support independent music and musicians. Happy listening!




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