Cheryl Cook Country Music
If you want to see what God
can do sign your name to a blank piece of paper, give it to God and watch
Him fill it in", says gospel recording artist Cheryl Cook in discussing
how she was able to overcome her husband Keiths sudden death in December
2003 and record her debut Christian CD just three months later.
Cook is a well known country
music artist from Napanee, Ontario, Canada who has added her signature
vocals to her most recent projects, Gospel album, River of Yesterday and
still-to-be-released country music CD Little Angels. River of Yesterday
was nominated by the Canadian Gospel Music Association in 2004 for a Covenant
Award(Canadas equivalent to the Dove Awards)in the category of Country
Gospel Album of the Year.
The music of several well
known Nashville artists is featured on the CD. Monty-Lane Allen, who performs
with Alan Jackson, and Jennifer OBrien, who provides vocal support for
Dolly Parton, can be heard. Cook and highly regarded Nashville producer
Mark Moseley were also able to land the services of several top session
players who are featured on the works of people like Reba McEntire, Garth
Brooks and Tim McGraw.
Her voice is so powerful
and heartfelt. When she sings, it demands your attention, says Moseley.
He goes on to add, She knows how to sell a song. She is so easy to work
with in the studio.
She describes the album
as a combination of bluegrass, traditional, and contemporary country music.
One song on the CD, Remember Wherever You Go, is a song originally penned
about her grandmother by Cheryls Uncle Clifford Booth. Cheryl is a co-writer
of the song.
This was not the first time
Cook and Moseley teamed up. Moseley produced Cooks first country music
CD, Ill Get By in 1992. Cook, performing as Cheryl Hartin, crossed over
into country music with the debut of her song, She Doesnt Care. In just
two weeks after the song was released to radio it reached thirty-six on
the Canadian charts. Other songs from her debut CD Ill Get By registered
on the charts in North America and Europe. Seven more songs from Ill Get
By made it to the charts. She had five number one hits in Europe, with
seven in the top ten.
Cook’s country music video
“No More Broken Promises” was a big hit in Europe and aired on Canada’s
Country Music Television (CMT). The song, written by Cook, was from the
album I’ll Get By."
Cook has performed as the
opening act for Shenandoah, George Fox and Jason McCoy. When she was the
main act, a still little known Avril Lavigne served as Cheryls opening
During the 'nineties she
was approached by two major record labels willing to sign her but personal
issues and family matters kept her from being able to seize the opportunity.
“After Keith died I really
struggled with doing this album because I really didn't feel I had a song
left in my heart to sing. God was really impressing upon my heart that
I really needed to get this done,” Cook said.
The second song on the CD,
Sometimes You Have to Believe, is a song Cook refers to as her personal
testimony. This is not my album. This is strictly the Lord's album. In
true Cheryl Cook fashion she describes herself as the vessel through which
She is looking forward to
working as a sponsored artist dedicating her talents to World Vision Canada.
Cheryl is already working
writing songs for her next Gospel CD and has plans to write a book.
Proceeds from the sale of
each copy of River of Yesterday go to Child CyberSearch. This nonprofit
organization assists in locating missing and exploited children and returning
them to their homes. Proceeds from both the album and her concerts also
go to assisting youth in the local churches and surrounding communities
where she performs. Cheryl and Keith Cook shared a passion for ministering
to youth at risk.
By Joe Montague, exclusive
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|Joe Montague is a
freelance Christian journalist / photographer who has been published in
a variety of community, daily and Christian newspapers coast to coast in
Canada and the United States. Joe Montague's ministry of journalism
is dedicated to the memory of his late son Kent David Montague who went
to heaven far too early at the age of 18.