Ep21 of Thinking of Art featured BillBoard Recording Artist, Entrepreneur, & SohoMuse Founder Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin. I spoke to her about how she made her way into the music business while respecting her family’s legacy, heard about her passion project SohoMuse, and felt the emotions behind her most pivotal moment in life.
Consuelo shared a memorable moment singing God Bless America at Dodgers Stadium in front of 50,000 people, talked about the controversy after the “Feel So Alive” video release, and highlighted her involvement with the Vanderbilt Museum.
Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin founded her record label C&R Productions in 2010 & her first four singles landed her in the Top 20 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Her debut single “Naked” spent 16 weeks on the charts, while her follow-up “Feel So Alive” earned her Billboard’s #2 Breakout Artist honor. The highly controversial video was banned in 10 countries. Her latest hit “Body Needs” broke Billboard’s Top 5.
The seventh generation of shipping & railroad tycoon, Cornelius Vanderbilt, & great-great-great niece of Consuelo Vanderbilt, the Duchess of Marlborough. Consuelo shied away from the world of debutante balls to carve her own path through her ventures in music & business and has been featured in Vogue, Town & Country, 25A, Prestige, Paper & Raine Magazine for her many accomplishments. But the road to success was not an easy one.
At nineteen, Consuelo suffered a near-fatal car accident that almost destroyed her. Instead, she clawed her way back through a year of recovery & landed her first record deal at twenty-one. The dimple-like scar on her right cheek reminds her of how precious life is, & how with enough will & determination, any obstacle can be overcome. Having studied theater in London, music, & arts in Florence and starting her first rock band in Munich, Consuelo is no stranger to world travel. Her music career cemented her status as a global player, taking her from cafés in Italy to London’s Royal Albert Hall, New York’s Central Park & some of the most legendary clubs on Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip.