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Skott Freedman

Photo courtesy of Violent Yodel Records
Background information
Birth name Skott Elliot Freedman
Born June 4, 1979 (1979-06-04) (age 30)
Origin East Brunswick, NJ, USA
Genres Folk, pop
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals, piano, banjo
Years active 1996–present (solo career)
Labels Violent Yodel Records

Skott Freedman (born June 4, 1979) is an American singer/songwriter. Freedman is formally trained in piano.



Freedman was born and raised in New Jersey. His music makes heavy use of the piano, which has led to regular comparisons with chanteuse Tori Amos. Similar to Amos, Freedman was a child piano prodigy and won statewide competitions while growing up. Freedman has said that repeated bouts of depression during his adolescence inspired him to write his first songs.[1] He cites Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Paula Cole, and Beethoven as major influences. Freedman's music blends pop and folk influences with a confessional lyrical style. His hallmark rapid staccato style is classically influenced (audio sample below).

Skott freedman in november clip.ogg

Freedman's first public performance was at the Butterfield Beanery in New Brunswick, NJ on April 26th, 1996. He went on to formally study piano at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.[2] Freedman has since been based out of Chicago, Boston, Charleston, and San Diego.


In 1999, Freedman released his first album Swimming After Dark on the independent label Violent Yodel Records. The debut was met with rave reviews, including a feature on "I've never heard anything like this. It's heartbreaking, passionate, and unabashedly honest. He [Freedman] lives in a beautiful world, even when it's painful, and I'm finding it hard to leave."[3]

Following the success of his first album, Freedman released a follow-up album in 2001, Anything Worth Mentioning. His second release strayed from the intimate quality of Swimming After Dark and featured full-band arrangements, including an enigmatic banjo solo during the opening number. Critics hailed Freedman's sophomore release as proof the songwriter was maturing. Billboard Magazine gave Freedman a full page profile, dubbing the young pianist "a star-in-waiting." [4]Freedman began nationally touring at that time, performing at colleges, festivals, and coffeehouses across the country.

Freedman returned to the studio in 2003 to record a third album, Some Company. Along with 10 new original numbers, the album included a popularly downloaded version of Marc Cohn's Walking in Memphis. Some Company was reminiscent of Freedman's early roots and consisted solely of vocal-piano numbers. Freedman's fan base began to expand about that time, spreading as far as Australia where Freedman toured for three months promoting the album. Billboard Magazine featured Freedman for the second time[5], and The Village Voice and The New York Times both wrote about Freedman's unique vocal and musical stylings. "In a husky voice similar to Marc Cohn's, he croons childhood memories and hopes of true love while the arpeggios ripple."[6]

After the release of Some Company, Freedman began to field the idea of a cover album. In response to fan suggestions, Freedman posted 30 songs on his website where fans voted on which tracks to record. In 2005, the aptly titled Judge a Book was released featuring the top-voted tracks. Collaborations appeared for the first time including the controversial "Soldiers of Christ" by "I Kissed a Girl"'s Jill Sobule (who also sings on the track). A spin on The Magnetic Fields' "Papa Was a Rodeo" was recorded with singer-songwriter Mark Weigle, and indie singer-songwriter Edie Carey lended vocals to the pop-tinged "Good Morning Baby". A bonus track of The Cranberries' "Zombie" also appeared on the cover album, which was recorded on a church organ in Charleston, SC.

Freedman disappeared from the music scene between 2006-2009 in order to attend graduate school in San Diego, CA. At the urging of fans, Freedman released a fifth album in June of 2009, The Cottage Sessions. The album is a collection of deeply personal songs including the final track "Stay", which bares Freedman's religious side for the first time. No touring plans have been announced to coincide with the new release. Freedman is currently offering free downloads of his music every Friday on his website under the promotion "Freed Fridays".[7]


Swimming After Dark (1999)

Best Little Boy ep (2000)

Anything Worth Mentioning (2001)

Some Company (2003)

Some Company single (2003)

Judge a Book (2005)

Zombie single (2009)

The Cottage Sessions (2009)

Personal life

Freedman received his Ph.D. in Communication Disorders in 2009. He currently teaches at a private college.

Skott freedman 3.jpg


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