What the world needs right now is the dynamite sound of Sister Cookie and a big dose of her funk-soul-blues medicine!
Having scooped the prestigious Record Store Day Unsigned 2020 award, Sister Cookie unveils Can’t Get It When You Want It, the first single to be lifted from her forthcoming debut album, In The Blue Corner.
A startling soulful vocal talent from London via Lagos, Sister Cookie skips effortlessly from rock ‘n roll and rhythm & blues to jazz and back again.
Talking about the track, Cookie said:
“I was inspired by the sultry siren songs of Eartha Kitt and Nina Simone, through the big bold sassy rhythm & blues of Dinah Washington and Lavern Baker, and all the way back into to the sound of Bessie Smith. From start to finish, a cool, mellow minor key swing in the verses is punctuated by a sense of urgency in the rhythm section… focusing on dark side of love & sensuality… that desperate, painful ache of longing offset against coquettish teasing.”
The video was filmed by photographer David Wren as part of a personal project called “My World, My Rules” following people whose fascinating lives and unique careers inspire others to dream big, follow their hearts and show that you can live outside the boundaries of “normality”, speaking about the resulting video he says:
“Cookie’s voice is powerful and brilliant; combining that with her personality and stage presence she really kick-started this whole project. I love how this video has come together, showing how creative minds can combine forces and come away with a video that shows the true artist. The real Sister Cookie.”
Following the Record Store Day competition with last year Cookie signed to The Liquid Label and recorded her debut long player at Eko East studio which was produced by Alex McGowan (Jim Jones, Urban Voodoo Machine, Future Shape of Sound) and later mixed by Tom Campbell (Michael Kiwanuka, Little Simz, Sault).
A mainstay on the vintage Soul & R’n’R circuit since 2013, playing at Latitude, Red Rooster, Port Elliot and touring across Europe with her band, the last 18 months have seen her pick up plays from Craig Charles at 6Music, Resonance, Jazz FM, appear in the ’50 Women in Blues’ book in 2019 and host her own regular Boogalloo Radio show, along with a recent interview with Robert Elms on BBC London. She’s performed at some of the UK’s most esteemed venues including the 100 Club and Union Chapel, The Round Chapel and has enjoyed a number of stints as a guest vocalist with The Soulful Orchestra, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, Future Shape Of Sound & MFC Chicken.