(Chicago) Lara Filip is a singer/songwriter based in the Chicagoland area. With her deep connections in the Chicago music and theatre scenes, she draws the best musicians in town to collaborate on her earthy, evocative sound.
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Lara attended The Chicago Academy for the Arts for vocal performance, where she met writing partner and keyboard player, Shannon Greene Robb. Shannon went off to study music at Berklee College of Music and DePaul; while Lara began working professionally in musical theatre productions. Filip went on several tours throughout the US and Canada, finally settling back home in Chicago.
In 2009, Filip started writing songs, much to her chagrin, (she'd vowed never to go into the music biz like her parents). By chance, she also reunited with Shannon Greene Robb who fell right back into the role of keys/right (and left) hand (wo)man. She also sought out the assistance of her friend and Grammy nominated producer, Liam Davis, who agreed to help develop the virgin batch of tunes and play on the first solo outing, under the name, Birdie Wing in 2010...the same year Filip was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Using that battle to fuel her passion for music and dig deeper into the well of her songwriting capabilities, she emerged healthy and newly inspired to send her music out into the world.
For early gigs, along with Greene Robb, Filip brought on Chicago mainstays Gerald Dowd, Steve Frisbie, Brian Sharpe and Liam Davis at the helm and on guitars. Since then, she has also employed the musical talents of a vast array of musicians, including Jed Feder, Matt Deitchman, Andriana Pachella, Jamie Cooper, Xavian Valladay, Jennifer Gramm Lowe and Tommi Zender.
Early in 2013, just as she was beginning pre-production on her debut album, on "a shoestring and a prayer budget" a private Investor came on board as a backer for the project. As a result, Filip again turned to Davis, this time as her official Producer. Filip and Davis are now in the studio, working on the full-length, debut album, then planned to be titled Feathers & Glass.
Filip's music continues to evolve but consistently and clearly conveys Filip's Rural-Urban hybrid upbringing. Influences include artists of her early memories, (James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel, Billy Joel, Elton John, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rickie Lee Jones, Loggins and Messina), but just as strongly, her rotating, current favorite artists, (The Head and the Heart, Mumford and Sons, Abigail Washburn, Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers, Sara Bareilles, The Civil Wars, Of Monsters and Men, The Weepies and many others).
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