Carla Cooke Wikipedia, Mother, Singer, Tour, Parents, Biography, Husband
Carla Cooke Wikipedia, Mother, Singer, Tour, Parents, Biography, Husband – Carla Cooke had been just four months old when her father, the renowned King of Soul Sam Cooke, died tragically in 1964. He left behind a coveted and revered body of work, including “Summertime,” “Wonderful World,” “Twistin’ the Night Away,” and perhaps his most well-known song, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” which helped close the gap between white and black listeners during the height of the civil rights movement and the more risqué early.
Sam Cooke, according to Bruce Eder of AllMusic, was arguably “the most important soul singer in history” because of his variety in style and content. When Cooke died at the young age of 33 in a shady shooting at a night motel, the world was deprived of what may have been.
Carla Cooke, the late singer’s youngest child, is steadfast in her mission to ensure that the world does not forget about her father. “Uncle L.C. [Cooke’s younger brother, a songwriter who passed off last year in Chicago] and I frequently spoke about what he may have been doing today, probably still in the music business in some way, but also probably in politics,” she recalls.
She just began a tour under the name “The Sam Cooke Experience,” in which she sings his classic songs with a voice that is similar to hers in terms of cleanliness and polish. She also shares tales from his professional life, such as the time Sam was on tour with Aretha Franklin and Franklin and Sam were having a long talk when Aretha’s father came looking for her and banged on dressing room doors until he discovered them. Carla makes fun of the fact that many of the tales were recounted to her by L.C. or her godfather Sir Mack Rice, the creator of “Mustang Sally,” and claims that both of them “froze and gave meaning to the term, “waiting to exhale.”
“Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to interact with [my father]. As his daughter, it’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever experienced. But fortunately, my mother brought me his music when I was a young child and made me sit and listen to it often. And doing it now makes me feel more connected to him. I can definitely sense him there.
Carla Cooke grew raised in the church, singing in choirs where she discovered her voice, just like her father (the son of a minister). “‘God Is Truly Amazing’ by Deniece Williams was one of my first solos. I told the music director I had to sing that song when I heard it since we used to listen to gospel music on the way to church every morning. Carla recalls the deacon giving her a standing ovation, calling her a “songbird,” and urging her to give performances every month.
Cooke claims she had the opportunity to professionally enter the music industry but passed it up in order to raise a family of seven children, following in the footsteps of her half-sister Linda Womack (Sam Cooke’s daughter from his second marriage), who earned a recording contract as part of Womack & Womack. “It’s my time now that they’re all grown up. I get to do what I really want to do,” she exclaims, adding that she has the support of her siblings, with whom she keeps in touch, as well as devoted admirers of all ages, who cling to her offspring for a taste of the music after legends have passed away or retired.