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Neyla Pekarek Bio
|Neyla Pekarek was born on 4th September 1986 in Denver, Colorado, United States. She is a cellist, vocalist, and pianist. Pekarek joined the Lumineers in 2010. On October 18, 2018, it was announced that she would be leaving the band to pursue a solo career.|
Neyla Pekarek Background information
|Neyla Pekarek Age||September 4, 1986|
|Neyla Pekarek Husband||Jeff|
|Neyla Pekarek Origin||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Neyla Pekarek Instruments||
|Neyla Pekarek Years active||2010–present|
|Neyla Pekarek Net Worth||She has an estimated net worth of $5 million|
Neyla Pekarek Early life and Education
Pekarek is a native of Denver, Colorado. She grew up in a household with her parents and one sibling, an older sister. Pekarek started playing the cello at age nine, performing in her school’s orchestra. She chose the cello because the school’s policy was that only fifth-graders could play woodwind instruments, while fourth-graders could play stringed instruments. Explaining her thinking, she said, “…I went with cello because I wanted to get started sooner.” Growing up, she enjoyed listening to powerful vocalists such as Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding. Her parents introduced her to American folk music via vinyl records of Bob Dylan, Carole King, and Emmylou Harris. She attended college at the University of Northern Colorado, where she initially majored in vocal performance and musical theatre. She changed majors, however, graduating with a degree in music education; she initially planned on becoming a choir teacher. Although she did not play the cello much while attending college, she earned some income post-graduation as a cellist at weddings.
Neyla Pekarek The Lumineers
After finishing her degree in music education, Pekarek responded to a Craigslist ad posted by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites members of the Luminous Music Group. Schultz and Fraites were looking for a cellist to join them. Explaining why she responded to the ad, Pekarek said, “I was living with my parents and just looking for something to do. I thought it would be a fun way to pass my time until I found something full time to do.” For several months, the three rehearsed and played shows around Denver. They decided to undertake a small-scale concert tour for 30 days, playing shows from Portland, Oregon to New York City. Of her decision to tour with the band, Pekarek said, “I was only 23 years old. If you are going to be in a band and do something stupid, it might as well be then.” The 30-day tour was followed by a tour of the West Coast and a weekly installment at The Living Room, a venue in New York.
While her contribution to the band is most noticeable as a cellist, she has a more significant role as a vocalist in live performances, including performing a duet with Schultz. She takes a passive approach to songwriting, with no credits on their first album and two credits on their second album (“Gale Song” and “My Eyes”). Pekarek says that she is content with her limited role in songwriting, stating of Fraites and Schultz, “They’re very meticulous and being a part of that writing team is not for the faint of heart…I’m quite content to stay out of it.”
Pekarek has stated that she has struggled with inequality in the music industry as the sole female member of The Lumineers, saying that women “have to talk twice as loud and perform twice as hard, and you have to wear heels! I see myself working hard to make everything equal between all of us. The boys are learning a lot about it, and they’ve been supportive, but there’ve been some growing pains.” She also stated, “…if I were to join a new band, I would not be the only girl in it. It would be a much easier life to have another female around.”
On October 18, 2018, it was announced that Pekarek would be leaving the band to pursue a solo career.
Neyla Pekarek Musical theatre
Pekarek wrote a “folk opera” called Rattlesnake about Katherine McHale Slaughterback, popularly called “Rattlesnake Kate,” who was a renowned snake hunter of Colorado. As of December 2017, Pekarek is working on a studio album of the songs from Rattlesnake.
Neyla Pekarek Personal Life
When not performing with The Lumineers, Pekarek enjoys singing barbershop music competitively as a member of Sweet Adelines International, seeing plays, and conducting musical training workshops with school-children of her native Colorado.
Neyla Pekarek Husband
Neyla Pekarek is married to Jeff a native of Denver, Colorado. Their wedding was in September 2017. The couple spent their honeymoon in Paris, France.