Artists & Creatives
From London via Lagos, charismatic chanteuse SISTER COOKIE takes you on an eclectic excursion into the roots & fruits of black music. Old sounds, new tricks. Sensuous, seductive and moody. As well as possessing a distinctive voice that's tender and sweet when it needs to be, she is a composer and self-taught pianist who writes honest and raw songs about pain, heartbreak, suffering - all that bad (meaning-good) stuff.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria towards the end of the 1980s into a music-loving household, the lady they now call Sister Cookie was constantly surrounded by a variety of sounds throughout her childhood.; from the juju, highlife, reggae and soul records favoured by her mother and the jazz LPs in her father's collection, to the pulsating traditional West African rhythms that served as the background to numerous special occasions and the moving sprituals that dominated every church service, the would-be chanteuse soaked up an eclectic mix of music.
Her family relocated to London when she was aged ten and her fixation with music increased, spending much of her time continuing to teach herself to play the piano. Having absorbed different genres throughout her teens, Cookie eventually developed a passion for jazz and the blues.
Sister Cookie has wowed audiences with her unique sound and charisma at a plethora of venues and festivals across Europe, including: The Jazz Cafe, Latitude, Bush Hall, Escenario Santander (Spain), Lache Pas La Patate (France), Funtastic Dracula Carnival (Spain), BIRD (Netherlands), Spazio 211 (Italy), Slap! Festival (Spain), House of Fun Weekender (UK) and Eat My Soul Festival (Spain).
Her debut single, a version of Willie Jones' 1962 scorcher, Where's My Money, on which she was accompanied by Turin's Soulful Orchestra, was released on the Italian label, Soulful Torino Records, in August 2014. A limited-edition, vinyl-only release, it sold out instantly. She has also released singles with London-based bands MFC Chicken [FOLC Records, 2015] and and The Future Shape of Sound [Rise Up, Freshly Squeezed Music].
Cookie's other passion is for records. Having been a long-time collector, in 2014 she began to DJ in various nightspots around London, playing 45s from her varied collection of vintage grooves wherever she can.