The Story Behind The Playlist: Anchor Publicity’s Colleen Lippert
Have you ever wondered what the soundtrack of your life would be? Here’s mine.
Hello, World! My name is Colleen Lippert and I am the owner and founder of Anchor Publicity in Nashville, Tennessee. As a music publicist, it’s my job to get my clients’ songs out into the world. I set up media interviews, organize press placements, book television appearances, run meet & greets and do more of the behind-the-scenes “stuff.”
Music has always been a huge part of my life. It’s been something I’ve turned to through all of the important moments in my life — the happy times, the tough times, the heartaches and everything in between. Growing up, my mom would play artists like Billy Joel, Willie Nelson and Elvis while my dad gravitated more to the sounds of Fleetwood Mac, Neil Diamond and Lionel Richie. And on my current playlist? I have everyone from Rosemary Clooney to Cardi B.
I prefer to lay low and stay in the background most of the time, but when I was asked to write this feature I jumped at the chance. I still can’t wrap my head around people wanting to learn more about me — but, I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to share a little piece of my story. Maybe you’ll find we have a few things in common or you’ll discover some new music to add to your playlist. Maybe you’ll have one of these songs stuck in your head for the next week and a half. But, most of all, maybe you’ll feel like an old friend of mine once you’ve finished reading.
“I Got You Babe” — Sonny and Cher
When I was about 5 or 6 years old, I was snooping around my grandfather’s attic to see what I could find. I pulled out an old suitcase that I wanted to store all of my Barbie doll clothes in. When I opened it up, it was filled with my mom’s old cassette tapes. As I dug through them all, I landed on one with Sonny and Cher on the cover. I immediately fell in love with their different looks — Cher had this long, pin-straight black hair and Sonny had on a gray, furry vest. I played that cassette tape over and over again until it eventually wore out. My parents took me to Madison Square Garden to see Cher the next year and she has been my number one idol ever since.
“(Theme from) New York, New York” — Frank Sinatra
I am a VERY proud born-and-raised New Yorker! What a fantastic place to grow up. Experiencing different cultures, being a part of the arts community, eating delicious food — there’s not much else I could have asked for. I get told frequently that I have a thick accent and I hope I never lose it. New York will always be home to me.
“In Your Eyes” — Peter Gabriel
My dad passed away suddenly when I was eleven years old. Sadly, at this point in my life, most of my memories of him have faded.
I do, however, distinctly remember my dad playing this song on the stereo when I was a kid and I always think of him when I hear it today.
“A Father’s Love” — Bucky Covington
This is a very special song to me for several different reasons. After I lost my dad, I went through a really bad depression. I lost interest in things I once loved and nothing really excited me — until I saw Bucky Covington audition for American Idol in 2006. Each week, I looked forward to watching him perform and I would stay on the phone until I used up all my votes for him.
A couple of years later, he came to my hometown to do a concert with Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley. I got to meet him backstage before the show and he couldn’t have been nicer to me. Fast forward almost 15 years later — I am so honored to not only be his publicist, but I get to call him my friend. I don’t think he will ever realize what a positive impact he has had on my life.
This song reminds me so much of my grandfather. He wasn’t one to outwardly show physical affection, but he let people know he loved them in his own little ways — like breaking out his tool box and fixing whatever needed to be fixed. My grandfather was one of the most important people in my life and I miss him every single day.
“Honkytonk Life” — Darryl Worley
To me, this song perfectly embodies working in the music industry. When I moved to Nashville, I had such big dreams and didn’t know just how much work it would take to achieve them — but, this city has such a supportive community and we are all in the same boat together. We always complain about the obstacles and barriers in our way, but we all know we wouldn’t be near as happy doing anything else! I could quit all this road stuff, go back to my real job and put in a straight nine-to-five. But, I love the neon and I love the people and I love the honkytonk life.
“Girl on Fire” — Alicia Keys
One of my greatest achievements in life has been starting and running my own company. I don’t have all of the answers and I’ve hit some bumps along the way, but I love being able to say that I got through everything on my own. I’m fiercely independent and don’t like asking for help.
I’m a big believer in empowering other women to go after their dreams. This song is an instant confidence booster for me — it’s a great reminder that women can be successful in a male-dominated industry.
“Tattoos on this Town” — Jason Aldean
There are so many songs about heartbreaks and revenge, but I think this is the perfect one for great friendships.
This is just such a fun song! I’m a big animal lover (and actually worked at a zoo before moving to Nashville!).
Dogs have so much love to give and my two Scottish Terriers are my best friends. There’s no better feeling than coming home to wagging tails and slobbery kisses each and every day.
“Break Up in the End” — Cole Swindell
I’m not a songwriter, but this is one of the songs I wish I had written myself. My life has been filled with the highest of highs mixed with the lowest of lows, but there’s not much I would change if I had the chance. Everything I have gone through in life has made me the person I am today and that’s the same message I hear in this song.
“Thank You for the Music” — ABBA
And I’ve often wondered, how did it all start? Who found out that nothing can capture a heart like a melody can? Well, whoever it was, I’m a fan.
For me, that person is my mom. Whenever I hear this song, I immediately think of her. She has always encouraged me to follow my dreams, no matter how unattainable they may have seemed.
She raised me as a single mother for more than half my life and, to this day, I still don’t know how she managed to juggle everything with a smile on her face. If I am half the person she is one day, I will consider myself to be a very lucky lady. So, I say, thank you for the music.
Our mission at Anchor Publicity is to help our clients set sail into the entertainment industry, while being the anchor that supports them. Although based in Nashville, TN, Anchor Publicity has clients all over the United States and Canada. We offer a vast variety of services, including professional biographies, press release production, interview set-up, electronic press kits, tour press, album promotion, crisis management and general career guidance. Our objective is to help our clients reach their dreams and we work passionately to achieve that goal.