Multi-instrumentalist Henry Cooper is on his way to break musical ground with a new album, “The Best of Me (Part 2),” which is rooted in his various musical influences and exquisite artistry.
With heavy enthusiasm, Cooper considers his sophomore album to be a testament of real musicianship and ambition that is absent in the musical landscape today.
“The reason why I title it ‘The Best of Me’ is because it’s just all of me playing certain songs, based on my own influences,” he says. “I just want to give something back and express to people what real music is all about.”
The Georgia native says that his musical influences are widely diverse, ranging from jazz, R&B, classical, and gospel. He cites his family as one of his biggest influences, as they introduced him to music through different phases of his life.
“My top influences were Marvin Gaye, Grover Washington, Jr., Chuck Mangoine, Quincy Jones, Maynard Ferguson, Michael Jackson, and some others” he says. “So I mainly was involved in a lot of groups that I was inspired by.”
In addition to working on his own music, Cooper has contributed music for other artists. He says that he has worked with many gospel artists, most notably Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary.
Cooper also has a background for composing, arranging, and producing music and has been known for expressing his disappointment of the lack of musicianship in music today.
“You see people these days [who] haven’t played instruments in years or never played an instrument,” he says. “It all comes about trying, it all comes with how to do this stuff … you see most people today [who] never played an instrument, never read music, or never went to school.”
Cooper added that his new album will be released later this year, and his previous works are now available on Soundcloud and YouTube.
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