Get to know the singer-songwriter and L.A. native ahead of her performance at the Recording Academy's Texas Chapter Block Party during SXSW this week.
With a distinctive sound blending elements of pop, funk, and rock, and an even more unforgettable, stunning voice, Dakota Cohen crafts musical experiences infused with unapologetic authenticity and vulnerability. A fearless performer with a magnetic stage presence, Dakota’s presence has expanded across the country playing on the stages of SXSW, Lollapalooza, and Milwaukee’s Summerfest. Her impressive vocal range and agility originate from over 10 years of musical training, with many years spent studying under Stevie Mackey (Kelly Rowland, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez). As the newest recipient of the Best Songwriter Award at Berklee College of Music, Dakota is ready to continue narrating her stories and bridging connections with her listeners.
Her latest release “Take The Lead” is an anthemic hit. Sweetened with her ear candy melodies, this hard-bodied pop-funk tune radiates confidence, allure, and energy. As Dakota embraces the exhilaration of her relationship, she seeks someone who will also prove their value and make her feel like the only VIP. The driving bass and lush layering of synths, horns, and vocals are only parts of Dakota’s signature sound but perfect for a morning pick-me-up and confidence booster.