With a captivating voice and perfect pitch delivering a beautiful blend of folk, blues, and soul, Manchester born JP Cooper is easily one of my favorite singers. A few years ago, my friend, JSL, sent me the link to a spoken word performance that featured Mr Cooper’s acoustic sound. While the spoken word piece was actually really good, it was Cooper’s music I couldn’t get to stop playing in my head for days after. For a combination of his spellbinding voice and intriguing songwriting, I was soon a rather keen fan, excitedly playing over and over again all the songs in the two EPs he had out at the time. Following a sold-out UK tour and supporting Angie Stone in 2014, JP Cooper returned earlier this year with his 4th EP, 5 tracks that combines everything I love about this man. Exploring a journey of love, longing and loss, the EP, When The Darkness Comes, is a testament to Cooper’s talent for songwriting and lyricism – breathtaking. The dread-locked, blue-eyed singer who was also a singer at The Manchester Sing Out Choir, has named Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, and Bill Withers as some of his influences. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUqsWxuhDRA
I get warm fuzzies every time I remember that JP Cooper is working on an album soon. He has been hailed as “a future sound of 2015”, and oh, I hope the world is ready!
When The Darkness Comes EP… And my current favorite video, for Closer, off his latest EP…
You can follow JP Cooper on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube. His website is linked above. You can listen to and purchase previous EPs on Bandcamp and iTunes.
It’s a great start to the week with music like this. You’re welcome. 🙂 Kov.