Collette Cooper is a solo artist signed to the independent label Thelonious Punk Records championed by BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music, Soho Radio and Jazz FM. Her influences go back as far as Bessie Smith, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone, Kurt Weill and Billie Holiday.
Collette is difficult to fit into any box – she has a unique sound of her own.
Her music is eclectic with dramatic, dark, and sometimes theatrical tones, with a strong blues influence.
Her truly unique style and visually captivating performance leaves audiences
enchanted and wanting more with her raspy, hauntingly unique vocals.
Her vocal style is often described as ‘Janis Joplin channelling Edith Piaf.’
Her original work is timeless yet fresh, and her versions of covers are unlike anything
else you’ve ever heard, she completely makes them her own.
Collette plays at all major venue in and around London with sold-out performances at
the Jazz Café, the Blues Kitchen, The 100 Club, The Roundhouse, The Piano Bar
Soho, amongst others.
Alongside her musical career, Collette is also an activist. She currently has a piece of
her artwork in The Now Exhibition. Curated By Leah Wood. An exhibition bringing
awareness to the current climate and helping raise money for Drop4Drop charity.
Collette has performed for Samuel l Jackson’s charity One For The Boys at Abbey
Road Studios and recently performed for Vivian Westwood’s Cool Earth charity in an
effort to save the planet and is an ambassador for the Nordoff Robbins Music
Therapy Charity. She recently performed a gala night in their honour at the Grosvenor
House Hotel alongside KT Tunstall and Texas.
Collette is also a proud ambassador for the Wild at Heart Foundation, a London based dog rescue charity.
‘CC your music is amazing! I love it! I listened and immediately loved the sound.'
Your voice is incomparable!’ – Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music
‘Just lovely’ – Claudia Winkleman, BBC Radio 2.
‘What a voice’ – Sara Cox BBC Radio 2.
‘We’re going to be hearing a lot more from Collette Cooper. What a voice.’
‘Someone I’ve fallen for, oozing sass and attitude.’
Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music.
‘I am Collette’s biggest fan. Her music is some of the best music I’ve heard. I love her
voice, so unique as is her music. Love it!’
Nick Grimshaw, BBC Radio 1.
‘Best birthday ever was when Collette sang with her band,’
'A voice is like chocolate'
'Love it, very Bessie Smith'
Y'ou are magnificent, you're authentic yet historical vocal delivery is outstanding. Your voice sounds like a catalogue of my favourite vocalist from Bessie Smith to Edif Piaf yet completely original. No fat or bullshit, just solid, on point and on time. Brilliant! The best I've heard in years - outstanding work!'
Michael Williams, Radio Broadcaster & TV Much Music.
'Dripping with poise and charisma, Cooper commands attention with mere presence alone, the fact that she’s such a talented singer just places a seal on her performance. Whether recorded in the studio or in front of a live audience, Collette Cooper is an artist with an authentic and unpretentious sound that needs to be added to your music collection. We’d also strongly recommend seeing her live for the full experience, she’s an elegant and emotive delight'
The album in aid of Nordoff Robbins
Sisters in the Shadows
From Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thorton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Clora Bryant, All-Female Orchestras and Janis Joplin up to Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Nubya Garcia, Laura Jurd and Brittany Howard, woman have always played a vital - and often overlooked - role in the evolution of Blues and Jazz.
In this new podcast series, Sisters In The Shadows - Women In Blues And Jazz, musician and actor Collette Cooper (herself heavily influenced by those iconic names) explores the careers of female artists – particularly celebrates the black female artists - from the earliest days to the present
time to mark over a century of Blues and Jazz.
In this new podcast from Pod People Productions, Collette talks to artists and broadcasters such as Soweto Kinch, Huey Morgan, Cherise Adams-Burnett, Camilla George and many more about their favourite Blues and Jazz Divas and Composers, where they first discovered them, who are their influences and why they’ll never be forgotten.
In aid of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity which Collette a proud ambassador for. Produced by the award-winning team at Podpeople Productions
Tomorrow May Be My Last
Our first theatre piece Janis - Tomorrow May Be My Last is the story of the first queen of rock. Written and performed by Collette Cooper. MD, Mike Hanson
Janis is a one-woman play, driven by her music, performed with a live band and set in a festival in the late ’60s. Janis is an emotionally charged production that captures her funny energetic personality while exploring the dangerous path of excess her free spirit took her down.
Collette portrays an iconic artist by delving deeply into the inner turmoil that drove and ultimately destroyed her. It tells the story as raw and honest as her voice, as gut-wrenching as her music, and as vivid as her memory.
The show features some of her best-loved songs and also debuting an original track, ‘Tomorrow May Be My Last’ written by Collette Cooper and Mike Hanson, directed by Helen Niland. Produced by Thelonious Punk Productions
COMING TO THEATRES SOON