Hal Cohen - My Bio
I'm a singer/songwriter
and multi instrumentalist - born and raised in a musical environment
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One evening, my dad, a musician/accountant,
brought home a Hohner Chromatic harmonica (the kind with the button
on the side for sharps and flats). Though only six years old, I figured
out how to play the Star-Spangled banner within minutes. Shortly after
that, dad literally sat me on his knee and showed me a few chords on
his old Gretch and I pretty much ran with it on my own after that.
During the years spent in L.A. I've performed for and hosted many open mics and showcases, playing covers and original songs in bands and as a solo acoustic act. Venues I showcased include the infamous Palamino in North Hollywood, The Central, Genghis Cohen, and the world famous Troubadour. I have shared the stage with John Andrew Parks, Lisa Nemzo, Bob Malone (keyboardist for John Fogarty, Severin Brown, James Hurley, Andy Kahan of the Turtles,Jay Leslie of the Tokens and many others.
My style is influenced by an eclectic array of songwriters including the Lennon/McCartney, John B. Sebastian, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Sir Elton John, Peter Townshend, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Cliff, and some humor injected by Al Yankovic and Allan Sherman.
Upon my father's passing from Parkinson's Disease in 2004. I returned to Philadelphia where i am currently on a quest to reinvent myself. My bucket lsit includes recording a few CDs and performing house concerts around the tri-state area.