Rising star JP Cooper on working with Stormzy, Stevie Wonder & his debut album

He’s already headlined his personal European excursion and penned summer season anthem ‘Perfect Strangers’ for Jonas Blue. Now, with his debut album, Raised Under Grey Skies, out on Friday, we sat down with the 33-year-old soul singer to determine extra…

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Manchester impressed him…

“Growing up there in the ’90s helped me discover my love of music. It was such a vibrant place, with bands like Oasis. I loved grunge too – Nirvana, obviously, but more so Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.”

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He began early…

“I formed a band at school with friends. One of them started to learn guitar, I thought I could sing a bit and someone else was like, ‘I’ll buy a bass and just learn it.’ We thought it’d be cool.”

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He’s friends with Stormzy…

“I saw him at my gigs and I went to his show in New York, then we hung out a few times. We’ve collaborated on my album and it’s a beautiful track. It’s a softer side of Stormzy.”

Old-fashioned phrase of mouth were given him a report deal

“I did loads of soul shows and spoken-word nights in London. Alex Boateng [from Island Records] came to a sell-out show and liked it, and we signed in May 2015.”

He supported Stevie Wonder at Hyde Park (with an target audience of 65,000 other people)

“The British Summer Time Festival 2016 was an incredible line-up. To be a part of it was a real highlight of my career so far.”

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