Fri. Feb. 22, 2019

Stephanie Cooke – Rain (Let It All Come Down)

Classics: Stephanie Cooke – Rain (Let It All Come Down) (DF’s Rainforest Mix) (King Street)

“Rain (Let It All Come Down)…” It’s not unfair to say how Newark, NJ-born songstress Stephanie Cooke has been blessing us with her unique voice during the last 20 years. This getting her to collaborate with countless producers since.

The 2002 released ‘Rain’ stands as one of her absolute peaks. Beautifully served by Dennis Ferrer who came up with this irresitible Latin-influenced jazzy piano driven rhythm pattern…

This ‘Rain’ is just like an exquisite delight that would come at the right time…

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Overview
– 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 the Bronx, NYC, Dennis Ferrer started venturing into Techno. This back in the mid-90’s as Morph along with Damon Wild. An experience that give birth to one album and a handful of singles. The end of the 90’s seeing him jumpin’ into Soulful and Afro vibes. Eventually launching Sfere Records with Kerri Chandler. But also comin’ to collaborate with Jerome Syndenham on his Ibadan label. This in addition to releasing his sole album to date on King Street, back in 2006. And eventually launching his own label by the likes of Objektivity by the end of that same year…

Ferrer also pretty much contributed to the recognition of the South African House scene Stateside. Eventually remixing ‘Mari Ye Phepha’ for Bongo Maffin on House Afrika Records back in 2002. But also flirting with Afrobeat. On his own with ‘Funu’ for French label Basic Recordings’ in 2001. Or along with Jerome Sydenham on ‘Kò Kò’ backed with ‘Jehlaz’ the same year.

The man pretty much marked the early 2000’s with an irresistible signature. Blending Gospel, Funk, Afro and Latin vibes. This resulting in top notched timeless productions and remixes. From ‘Wonderful People’ along with Anthony Flanagan. To ‘It’s A Beautiful Life’ and ‘Grateful’, respectively with Aaron Pearson and Kenny Bobien. Not to mention his numerous collaborations with the late K.T. Brooks. On ‘Colors’ from his ‘Soul Collectives vol. 3’ EP on Large Music. As on his ‘The World As I See It ‘ album. This on tracks such as ‘Change The World’. But also ‘Run Free’ which Sean McCabe remixed back in 2008 and ‘How Do I Let Go’, itself with rework courtesy of DJ Able and Matthew Bandy. An album which spanned extra goodies such as ‘Church Lady’ which Italian twosome Souldynamic reconstructed back in 2015. And, last but not least, ‘Touched The Sky’ featuring Mia Tuttavilla.

Enough to have Ferrer establishing himself among the most in-demand post-producers in the meantime. Thus comin’ up with firing reworks. From The Kick Affiliates feat. Priscilla Ordonez ‎(‘Don’t Wanna Stop’) to Knu Je’ (‘Seeds Of Life’). This in addition to the rumblin’ Snowy McEwan‘s ‘Someone To Love’ which I eventually included on the vol. 2 of my ‘Ritmo Suave’ series of comps in 2001. Not to mention Stephanie Cooke (‘Rain’) or the explosive ‘Shelter Me’ by the likes of Chris Herbert Presents Asaph Womack.

Goin’ further way, I guess it’s fair to say Blaze and Barbara Tucker‘s ‘Most Precious Love’ owes quite a lot to its rework by the likes of DF as well. With the same applying to Fish Go Deep With Tracey K*‘s ‘The Cure And The Cause’. As to Nick Curly‘s ‘Between The Lines’.

2004 saw him exploring abstract Electro Deep territories along with Jerone Sydenham on the memorable ‘Sandcastles’. Then eventually goin’ further way the year after on ‘Son Of Raw’. A title which he would turn into a guise soon after on his Objektivity label.
There, he eventually helped The Martinez Brothers to get into recognition. Eventually welcomin’ French outfit Télépopmusik while remixing ‘Love Can Damage Your Health’. But also Norwegian singer Ane Brun with ‘Headphone Silence’ as remixed by Henrik Schwarz. And Berlin famous Jazzanova with ‘I Can See’ featuring Ben Westbeech brought into some unsuspected new dimension by Konstantin Sibold. Dennis adding extra stones to his edifice with the firing ‘Hey Hey’ back in 2009. This in addition to ‘The Red Room’ and ‘Maniac 3000’, then ‘Checkmate The King’ with Jerome Sydenham more recently.

Whatever he’s been doin’, whichever direction he’s been venturing into, Dennis Ferrer had always managed to come up with a proper ‘Sinfonia Della Notte’.

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