Stephanie Cooke

Stephanie CookeStephanie grew up in the inner city of Newark, New Jersey and like most of her contemporaries got her start by singing in church. At the tender age of 9, she belted out a stirring rendition of “I Made A Vow” as stunned parishioners listened to her sing. At 15 she wrote her first song, but it wasn’t until 10 years later that she would pen her first non-gospel song. Naturally, her latter influences would never stray far from the former. Stephanie credits Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters and Marvin Winans as being her greatest influences as a vocalist. Her songwriting influences, however lean more towards Stevie Wonder, Diane Warren, and Babyface.

Stephanie’s professional music career began when she entered a production studio in hope of procuring some studio time as a prize for a talent show she was coordinating. After obtaining an impromptu a cappella session, she was signed to a production deal on the spot. Unfortunately, the following two and a half years of writing and recording went by without the production company releasing one song. As if bred by defiance, her motivation propelled her lifelong dedication to music and songwriting. Determined to make up for lost time, she gathered all her songs and started making cold calls to every publishing company she could find. Before long she was picked up and the following year would yield some dramatic results. Stephanie has since worked as a songwriter with Chanté Moore, Jermaine Dupri (for Aretha Franklin’s “Every Little Bit Hurts”), All-Star, and with Soul Shock and Carlin wrote Shiro’s “I Like”.