JP Cooper



John Paul Cooper (born November 2, 1983), better known as JP Cooper, is an English singer and songwriter. He is best known for featuring on the Jonas Blue single “Perfect Strangers”. The song was certified platinum in the UK. His follow-up solo single is “September Song”. He is signed to Island Records.

Manchester’s JP Cooper is a self-made, self-taught musician who manages to exist effortlessly within two scenes generally considered to be at varying ends of the sonic spectrum. Learning his craft on the Indie Rock scene, but later connecting with the Manchester Sing Out Gospel Choir, John Paul Cooper’s exquisite vocal seamlessly encompasses the best of both worlds.This is meaningful music from the mind of someone who’s lived life, loss and longing. The singer defines the idea of what it is to be a truly singular artist who both defies convention and resists comparison.

“I don’t want to be seen as a singer/songwriter because people lump you into that sulky troubadour box,” points out JP with a quick laugh. “want to be a bit more than that. I want to make great music and grow. I’ve always loved and admired artists that evolve; people like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Björk. Hopefully I can be an artist who will explore and transform in a similar way.”

Brought up during the guitar-laden years of Britpop, like many young Manchester teens, JP played in various bands throughout school. Broadening his musical tastes beyond Oasis by regularly visiting eponymous record store, the Vinyl Exchange, it was there the young music enthusiast discovered everything from Björk to Aphex Twin, Donny Hathaway and Rufus Wainwright. Deciding to go solo while at college, JP was finally able to fully draw on his various influences and begin to experiment with the sort of artist he wanted to be. “I realised that I didn’t want to have to rely on anybody – as long as I could play and I could write then I’d be pretty self-sufficient. And I could make the music I wanted to make without having to compromise.”

Teaching himself guitar, JP began testing his sound out at Open Mic nights and quickly started getting booked to play all over Manchester. Within a year he rose to selling out 250 capacity venue, the Deaf Institute. However, because he was a white guy with a guitar, he found himself increasingly booked at folk / indie / band nights. Ill at ease in a scene into which he was thrust, slowly his audience began to diversify as the subtleties in his music began to emerge. He joined Manchester’s Sing Out Gospel Choir and released a series of three mixtapes, noticing a growing fanbase within the urban world.

Soon he was not only selling out venues like the Gorilla in Manchester, but he was hitting capacity at shows in London too. “As soon I found an outlet into the spoken word, soul and urban world, everything changed overnight. Since then it’s grown and grown and I’ve found my audience. It’s really nice to be embraced by that world.”


JP Cooper – September Song
Album: JP Cooper – Keep The Quiet Out
Video: Directed by
Release Date: 16 September 2016
Label: Universal-Island Records/Island Records
Genre: Pop
Buy MP3: (£0.99) JP Cooper – September Song
Buy Album: (£3.99) JP Cooper – Keep The Quiet Out


Discography

Artist: JP Cooper
Title: Closer
Album: When the Darkness Comes (Explicit)
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2015)
Buy Album: £1.99 (2015)
Artist: JP Cooper
Title: Colour Me In Gold
Album: Keep The Quiet Out
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2014)
Buy Album: £3.99 (2014)
Artist: JP Cooper
Title: Party
Album: Party
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2016)
Buy Album: £1.99 (2016)
Artist: Jonas Blue
Title: Perfect Strangers
Album: Remixes
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2015)
Buy Album: £1.99 (2015)
Artist: JP Cooper
Title: Five More Days
Title: In The Silence
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2016)
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2017)
Artist: JP Cooper
Title: Birthday
Album: Fifty Shades Darker
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2017)
Buy Album: £8.99 (2017)

Extended plays

When the Darkness Comes (2015 Label: Island Records), Keep the Quiet Out (2014 Label: Island Records), EP3 (2013 Label: Self-released), EP2 (2012 Label: Self-released), EP1 (2012 Label: Self-released).

Singles
As lead artist

“September Song” (2016 Non-album singles), “Party” (2016 Non-album singles), “Five More Days” (featuring Avelino) (2016 Non-album singles), “Closer” (2014 Non-album singles).

As featured artist

“Perfect Strangers” (Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper) (2016 Non-album singles), “Shivers” (SG Lewis featuring JP Cooper) (2015 Non-album singles), “The Artist Inside” (Don Diablo featuring JP Cooper) (2012 Non-album singles).

Other charted songs
“Birthday” (2017 Album Fifty Shades Darker).



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