"Raised Under Grey Skies (Deluxe)" by JP Cooper on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

“We Were Raised Under Grey Skies” opens JP Cooper’s debut album with a charming narration of the singer/songwriter’s Manchester childhood. Offering such a sincere window into his early years feels fitting for an artist comfortable with his heart on his sleeve. Folk-inflected and tender, Cooper’s vocals have an engaging optimism—inviting you to feel as hopeful as he does. He effortlessly moves from gospel (“Momma’s Prayers”) to soulful R&B (“All This Love“) via sun-soaked pop (“September Song” and “Passport Home”) to craft an earnest and warm debut.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“We Were Raised Under Grey Skies” opens JP Cooper’s debut album with a charming narration of the singer/songwriter’s Manchester childhood. Offering such a sincere window into his early years feels fitting for an artist comfortable with his heart on his sleeve. Folk-inflected and tender, Cooper’s vocals have an engaging optimism—inviting you to feel as hopeful as he does. He effortlessly moves from gospel (“Momma’s Prayers”) to soulful R&B (“All This Love“) via sun-soaked pop (“September Song” and “Passport Home”) to craft an earnest and warm debut.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

22 Ratings

JP is an beautiful enigma

Tricey80,

This mans voice is amazing! This is an artist that deserves all of the attention that this brilliant recording will receive!!!

JP Cooper !

Krystine98,

After many years of knowing this man and that beautiful voice of his, its AMAZING to know that he's making an album. So much success over the years.

About JP Cooper

With his dreadlocks, goatee, and Rasta hat, neo-soul singer/songwriter JP Cooper looks a bit like a white version of Bob Marley, a resemblance his label Island Records (with whom Marley had spent most of his career) surely did nothing to discourage. John Paul Cooper was born and brought up in Manchester in the north of England. Initially a keen sportsman, he developed an interest in music in his teens after falling in love with grunge, teaching himself to play guitar and forming a rock band while still at school. Later he discovered soul music via artists like Donny Hathaway and Ben Harper, and explored this style by joining a gospel choir. Working in a bar, he started to write his own songs, romantic in tone, with powerful emotional and social lyrical content. He began his recording career in 2012 with a trilogy of numbered, self-released EPs.

Recorded acoustically with a backing band, the EPs showcased his smooth, soulful, versatile voice and fingerpicked guitar skills, and often featured gorgeous arrangements for strings and piano. They sold well, and he built a fan base through steady touring. His career got a boost when he was tipped as one to watch by the U.K.'s influential MOBO (Music of Black Origin) organization, and was offered the chance to perform with Angie Stone, Mica Paris, and Omar. In mid-2014, he signed to Island Records. His debut EP for the label, Keep the Quiet Out, was released in July of that year and saw him moving toward a more electronic sound. The EP When the Darkness Comes followed in 2015, and his debut full-length album, Raised Under Grey Skies, released in 2017, was preceded by the singles "September Song" and "Passport Home." ~ John D. Buchanan

  • ORIGIN
    Middleton, Greater Manchester, En
  • BORN
    1983

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