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article imageInterview with Grammy winner Marc Cohn Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 25, 2013 in Entertainment
On May 24, veteran singer-songwriter Marc Cohn chatted via telephone with Digital Journal about his forthcoming tour dates in New York.
The Grammy winner is best-known for his signature tune “Walking in Memphis,” which is still played today on adult contemporary radio stations, including New York’s 106.7 Lite FM. His song has been covered by such artists as Cher, Lonestar and countless others.
On June 11, he will be performing at “Sinatra in the Park” at SummerStage New York City in Central Park. “I have done a couple of those shows in the past. I thought this one was potentially really interesting and challenging since I do not normally sing Frank Sinatra songs. I love the challenge of being an interpreter, where I do not only sing my own songs. I am a big fan and acquaintance of John Pizzarelli who is leading the band, so the minute I heard that he is involved as the musical director, I knew that it is going to have high quality music. Hopefully, I can learn a lot of new things from this experience,” he said.
On July 27, he will share the stage with Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Tilles Center in Greenvale, New York. “My theme over the last few years was to try different things in order to keep my live show fresh. Over the last year, Mary Chapin has been doing a lot of shows with Shawn Colvin and they have been on the stage at the same time. I thought it was a really compelling idea and I always wanted to try that with someone and Mary Chapin was at the top of the list. We will be doing a month’s worth of shows and I am going to sing on her songs and vice versa. We are also going to do songs that neither one of us wrote, but they are songs that we both like,” he added. “It gives fans something different and this is one way to change it up. There is nothing like performing live. The immediate response from the crowd and the energy exchange is incredible. Singing live is for the moment and that’s really where the best musical moments happen. It’s very fulfilling and I love singing live now more than I ever did.”
Regarding his plans for the future, he noted that he would really love to make another record. “I am going to spend some time over the early part of fall to try and do some writing,” he said.
On his proudest professional accomplishments, Marc remarked, “I think that still being out there after 22 years and having a viable career and an audience to come and listen to me is an achievement in itself. I have really deep respect for any musician that has been doing it for a while that still remains relevant to their fans. That in itself is really hard to do.”
He listed Joni Mitchell as his dream duet choice. “To sing with Joni would be a dream come true,” he said. “I love Joni’s writing that was a major force that made me become a writer and an artist. There is nobody better really.”
For more information on Marc Cohn and his touring dates, visit his official website.
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