Arlene Gould (AG) is an Afro Pop singer and songwriter originally from Israel, but she now calls Brooklyn, NY home. She’s toured across Israel and played NYC venues such as the Blue Note and Highline Ballroom. Arlene’s sound is an eclectic mix of “Urban beats, Afro-pop grooves and anything from brass and electronics.” Gould is about to release a new EP called “Rollin’” and she recently released a music video for the eponymous single. To celebrate, Arlene and her band are playing this Sunday, March 6 at 10pm at Lucille’s Grill in NYC.
We recently spoke with Arlene to discuss both her music projects and what she has coming up.
Where did you grow up in Israel and did your upbringing influence your decision to pursue a career in music?
I was born in Kibbutz Cabri in the North Galilee of Israel and grew up in Tel Aviv. My upbringing definitely influenced me to pursue my career in music. I went to school at the “Open Democratic School” where you could choose your classes, just like in a university. I choose to study mainly music, cinema and art. I spent most of my days and hours composing, writing, singing and just creating anything I had in mind. Thanks to my school I had many years to explore my art and form it into who I am today.
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