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“If you didn’t bring them up, I’d go, ‘Wow, I must be really getting somewhere in life!'” Louise Goffin says of parents Carole King and the late Gerry Goffin, on the heels of releasing her sixth solo album, Songs from the Mine. While she hasn’t quite escaped their spotlight for good – nor is she likely to, considering what upper echelons of musical royalty she was born to – Goffin has carved out a life and career for herself that is uniquely her own.
“I’m extremely in the moment,” she tells Off the Cuff in a recording studio on Sunset Boulevard, where she arrived on a hot late-summer morning toting her signature ukelele. This accounts for her genuine outpouring of appreciation for her audience when performing, which was on display during her recent appearance at L.A.’s famed club The Viper Room. Goffin will be hitting up the East Coast soon for more performances to promote the new album, a collection of songs she’s amassed from her deep archive of original material.
“I have a lot of songs I forget I’ve written,” she notes. (It’s easy to believe, considering that family friend Jackson Browne gave Goffin her first-ever gig opening for him at The Troubador when she was just 17-years-old.)
Before playing one of her new songs for us, Goffin explains what it was like to come up in a business in which her parents were already mega-stars (“I felt I was perceived as ‘daughter of…’ and taken for granted”) and how she nabbed some major names from Hollywood to collaborate on the new album.
“I called my younger son and said, ‘Johnny Depp is at the studio!'” she recalls. “He said, ‘Oh my God! Don’t let him leave!’
Listen to Goffin’s full interview and performance in this episode of Off the Cuff and be sure to subscribe to #pretapodcasts on iTunes for all the latest episodes.
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