Tennerz: Stephanie Cooke – I Thank You (Mark Di Meo Remix) (King Street)
Music is not only a matter of meaning, harmonies and rhythm. It’s a building on its own following an architecture. This is just where Mark Di Meo is to be found, with his re-imagination of Stephanie Cooke‘s ‘I Thank You’. A reminder as to how the lady has the art of bringing an unequalled emotion to what ever she sings. With Di Meo‘s lush arrangements bringing the song to another perspective.
I’be be tempted to say I thank you both for that. And I’m most likely not the only one. Meawnhile Groovylizer gives it a firing rework in a more upbeat mood.
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– Since the early 90’s, Stephanie Cooke has been a name synonymous with soulful, sultry House Music. Her angelic voice and defined style standing as her trademark, recognized globally for its affect on all who experience its charm.
A Newark, NJ native, Stephanie was born to a mother who believed in God and taught her to value life, love and relationships. As many things which come as an evidence to listeners who adore her melodic style of writing and arranging. Not to mention her gracious performances, leaving an impression of sweetly caressing her interpretations of life…
She knew nothing about music during her early years. Except the fact she loved the way it carried her away from pain and abuses of life. This love for music drew her to her church choir, where she learned the basic principals of arrangement and technique. Later, she began singing with her High School Choir. This is where the music teacher began to implement a deeper level of training vocally and develop a range for her. Ultimately causing her to come into her own singing style.
In her early twennies, she just by chance wrote a song that later found echo during one of ASCAP’s songwriter’s workshops. This leading to multiple offers. For publishing deals, songs on many albums. But also remixes and tours with other artists doing backgrounds.
The list of artists she collaborated with is impressive. From Jermaine Dupri, Aretha Franklin, Chanté Moore, Jody Watley and Diana Ross. To Kool & The Gang and many more. Meanwhile She also had songs in movies like ‘The Sixth Man’, and ‘Prison Song’.
Stephanie released her one and only album to date – ‘Everything’ – on King Street back in 2004. Working with producers such as Louie Vega, Dennis Ferrer, Blaze, 95 North and Frankie Feliciano. An album which spanned gems such as ‘Rain’, ‘I Thank You’ and ‘Here With Me’. Not to mention ‘Love’s Been Right Here’ where she shared the vocal duties with Kenny Bobien.
The same passion although with more depth and an ever growing experience are as many elements one can feel whenever hearing Ms. Cooke‘s performances. From the 2005 classic ‘Love Will’ produced by Blaze. To ‘Think I’m Falling’ along with Jonny Montana and Craig Stewart. But also ‘Send Me’ with Distant People or ‘Beautiful Life’ with Diephuis and Han Litz to name a few.
Currently working on her upcoming album – ‘My Heart’ – Stephanie has recently launched her own label by the likes of Angeltown Recordings.
– A native of Termoli, Mark Di Meo carries on the tradition of know how one may find in the Italian production. This with artists such as Mimmo Falcone, Souldynamic and Michele Chiavarini. But also M. Caporale or Peppe Citarella among others.
The move he decided to do while relocating in Los Angeles, CA was expectedly quite a challenge. But it most likely broadened his horizon in the meantime, as he explained in an interview on houseoffrankie. Meanwhile getting him to spin with luminaries such as Louie Vega, Joe Claussell, Kenny Dope and Terry Hunter. But also droppin’ his releases on labels like Quantize Recordings and King Street/Nite Grooves. Not to mention Reel People Music and Solid Ground in Britain. This in addition to his activities as the CEO of Soulstice Music.
As a result, no wonder as to how his name should be familiar to those of you regular of these shores. If not of our Facebook page where we heavily championed ‘Let It Be Love’. His debut release on Quantize Recordings back in 2012 along with South African singer Nickson and N’Dinga Gaba in charge of the remix duties. Then how to not think of the mesmerizing ‘Be Mine’ featuring Sofia Rubina with remixing work courtesy of Terry Hunter the year after on Solid Ground?
Showcasing his inclination for Jazz vibes, Di Meo would most definitely blow our ears once again in 2014. This with the post-Summerish ‘A Gentleman’s Song’ featuring James Vargas on sax and Appolo Negri on Hammond B3.
Unsurprisingly, he would deliver 5 star remixes whenever commissioned to do so. Beginning with the hypnotic ‘Beautiful Life’ for Diephuis featuring Stephanie Cooke. But also ‘I Thank You’ for the latter this time as a solo artist. Not to mention ‘Colours’ for The Doggett Brothers featuring Laura Jackson to name a few. A cut we eventually included in our 10 essential 2016 tracks in the series. Meanwhile 2016 also saw this release of his ‘Soulful House Journey’ mix on King Street.
We catch him busy workin’ on his Soulstice Music label in 2018. This with a brilliant remix of M. Caporale featuring Tai Malone‘s ‘Red Light’. Then a rework of The L.O.V.E. Project featuring Shean Williams‘ ‘I’m In Love’. Not to mention the classy ’10k High’ featuring Jocelyn Mathieu, as remixed by Richard Earnshaw.