British songstress Rumer delves into the timeless catalogue of Burt Bacharach and Hal David at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Saturday, July 29.


First instrument you played?
Guitar 🎸.

Top three influences, musical or otherwise?
Judy Garland, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro.

Artist or album you have on repeat?
Laura Nyro.

Last live performance you saw?
Beth Neilson Chapman in Arkansas.

Favorite city to play?
Philly! My heart is in Philly.

Hidden talent?
I think I'm a tiny bit psychic!

Favorite movie?
Tootsie.

Top pieces of advice for aspiring artists?
As well as having talent, in this competitive age, it's advantageous to be self-driven and be willing to work extremely hard. If something doesn't feel right in your heart, don't do it. Work on your live performance over everything else.

Artist you'd most like to meet, past or present?
Judy! (Judy Garland)

Latest project?
I released a Bacharach and David Songbook in 2016.

Place you'd most like to visit?
I would really like to visit the Deep South, to see New Orleans and Charleston, South Carolina.

Artist you’d most like to collaborate with?
Neil Diamond would be very cool.

First time you realized you wanted to be a musician?
When I saw Judy Garland in Easter Parade.

What you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
That the music industry is small, like a small town where everyone knows each other's business, so be mindful what you say and to whom.

Practice tips?
Over-rehearse, if you tend to get stage anxiety.

You hope someone comes away from one of your shows feeling…
Uplifted.

Next goal or challenge you're setting for yourself?
To write a new album.

What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
I want to make things, produce things, books, films, docs, shows, just make art, make stuff, for the love!