About me

Hello and welcome to my world! Is this your first time here? Or have you been here before and were wondering what I've been up to? Either way, read on!

The tree of (my) life

I've led a rather colourful life over the years. Here are some of those defining moments that made me "Jody".

2020 2020
2019 2019
2018 2018
2017 2017
2016 2016
2015 2015
2014 2014
2013 2013
2012 2012
2009 2009
2007 2007
2006 2006
2003 2003
1995-2005 1995-2005
1993 1993
1991 1991
1990 1990
1981 1981
1977-78 1977-78
1975 1975

2020

Tours New Zealand.
Spends three months in creative Corona isolation in Hessen.
Releases first song from ‘The Love & Loss Project’: "Lullaby" - a serenade to his two year old daughter.

 

2019

Tours with fellow singer-songwriter and friend Omid Gollmer.
Performs with over 1000 musicians as part of the record-breaking "Rockin’ 1000" project
at the Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt.
Instigates first international collaborative project ‘19’ - a musical celebration of the
bicentenary of the Báb ("the Gate", 1819-1850).
Releases first concept music video: "Song for the Oppressed (Cruelty Dies)".

 

2018

Performs with his band at Hessentag and Féte de la Musique.
Jody’s first child is born.

 

2017

'Serenades and Odes to a Cracked World (Part 1)' – Release of Jody’s first crowdfunded concept album
on the theme of disintegration.
Releases album’s first single and music video "One".
Forms original band.

 

2016

Joins Queen tribute band MerQury as 'Freddie Mercury' and travels to Luxembourg.
Jody’s first tour of the U.S. (California).

 

 

2015

Releases his first download-only songs: "Immortal Friend", a charity song for Marie Curie inspired by the grief of his brother's death, and "Silence", about the wrongful 10-year imprisonment of the "Yaran" ("Friends"),
a group of 7 Bahá’ís in Iran.

 

2014

Robbie Cooper - Jody’s brother and musical compatriot since youth - dies from cancer.

 

2013

'The Troubadour’ EP is released.
Tour of the UK and 2nd tour of Germany.
Performs in Holland for the first time.
Starts new life in Germany.

 

2012

The albums ‘Growing Up’ and the Bahá’í-inspired ‘Free Thyself’ are released.
Tours Germany for the first time.

 

2009

Graduates with an honours degree in classical and popular music from the University of Liverpool.

 

2007

’Ten a Penny’ - Release of debut album (self-financed and self-produced) – with brother Robbie on drums.

 

2006

Leaves Scotland to study music at the University of Liverpool.

 

2003

Starts working as a 'Time Travel Guide' in a prehistoric park, Scotland.

 

1995-2005

Twenties: Return to North-East Scotland.
Learns to play guitar and joins first post-college bands, including "Circle Six" (with brother Robbie on drums),
"Smile" and "Virtual Floyd" (a Pink Floyd tribute).
Travels weekly across the North-East and Highlands of Scotland playing gigs.

 

1993

Aged 18: Leaves home to study music at Perth College, Scotland.
Records his first demo.
Forms one of his first bands: "Freefall".

 

1991

Aged 16: Gets his first piano and starts to learn bass.
Wakes suddenly one morning with an epiphany that he should devote his life to music.

 

1990

On the suggestion of a friend, Jody starts writing his first songs and records them
using a keyboard and an old tape recorder microphone.
Lives in a caravan outside the family home.

 

1981

Moves to North-East Scotland.
First musical instrument: violin.
Earliest photographic evidence of Jody with his childhood idols.

 

1977-78

First signs of musical destiny.
Favourite song: The Beatles "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds".
First record bought: ABBA’s "Take a Chance on Me".

 

1975

Born in Chester, England.

 

My biography

“For as long as I can remember I’ve been driven, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to march to the beat of my own drum. So, when I write songs, I’m drawn to challenge perceptions of what is real, and the uncomfortable truths that are often revealed in the process.”

So says Jody Cooper – singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer, “walking jukebox” and now German citizen. Described as a “one-man indie pop activist” (Devon Jackson – Rolling Stone), it is easy to be deceived by his catchy melodies and expressive voice, and believe that there is nothing beneath the surface. But it is precisely what is under that surface that interests Jody. After a six-week whirlwind tour of New Zealand and three months of creative Corona isolation in the wilds of Hessen, Jody is back with a collection of new songs that he simply calls ‘The Love & Loss Project’. Not an album, or an EP, but an evolving online work that will tease out one song at a time into 2020 and beyond.

Growing up in the eighties as an English boy in a rural Scottish town, Jody always stood out without even trying: “People would look at me strangely because I spoke ‘funny’, so I learnt to embrace that and combine it with my love of performing in order to feel accepted.” Starting with violin lessons and classroom performances in an R.A.F. flight jacket and shades at the age of six – for which he inherited the moniker “Elton Cooper” – and later teaching himself piano, bass and guitar. “I couldn’t really read music”, he remembers. “Luckily, I discovered I had a natural aptitude for picking things up simply by listening to them.” At the age of fourteen, after a suggestion from a friend, he tried his hand at songwriting. “Ah…the existential teenage angst”, laughs Jody. “Some people pour their heart out into diaries, I poured mine into songs. It was very therapeutic.” At sixteen he awoke one morning with a voice in his head telling him he would be a musician. From then on, music became the only thing that mattered.

After many years performing solo and in bands as a self-employed musician, Jody’s self-determination enabled him to fulfil two long-held dreams: the release of his own first album ‘Ten a Penny’ (2007) – a self-financed and self-produced project five years in the making – and studying music full-time in the home town of his childhood idols The Beatles. It was during his time in Liverpool that he became part of “Sense of Sound” (an a cappella group whose collaborations include Seal, Damon Albarn, Jon Bon Jovi and Imogen Heap) and, with them, earned his first Guinness World Record. Several releases and European tours followed (‘Growing Up’ and ‘Free Thyself’ (2012); ‘The Troubadour’ EP (2013)) and, in 2013, after years playing for British audiences, he left the UK to start a new life in Germany. In 2015 he released his first download-only singles: “Silence” – inspired by the plight of the Bahá’ís in Iran – and “Immortal Friend” – a song written for his brother and occasional band colleague Robbie Cooper: an enthusiastic drummer who died of cancer in 2014.

Following his first visit and concerts in the U.S. in 2016, 2017 saw the release of his most ambitious project to date: ‘Serenades and Odes to a Cracked World (Part 1)’ – his first crowdfunded concept album on the theme of disintegration. 2019 was a year of collaborations: being a part of the world’s biggest rock band at Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Arena; a joint singer-songwriter tour with fellow musician and friend Omid Gollmer; and initiating his first international online collaborative project entitled ’19’ to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb (“the Gate”, 1819-1850).

Jody currently juggles his time between parenthood, writing and recording from his home studio and preparing his band for world domination – one gig at a time.