Craig T. Cooper
The multi-award-winning guitarist Craig T. Cooper; as a young child, exhibited signs of immense musical talent. His musical talents first became apparent at the tender age of four. Soon after he began cello lessons, he hoped to follow in his brother Ron’s footsteps, who is a world-renowned cellist. Craig’s thirst for music was unquenchable and he progressed from cello to the trumpet, drums, and piano and finally guitar – his instrument of choice. Not only did he have a unique aptitude for the guitar it didn’t take long for him to establish his own identity as a studio musician and soloist. Combined with his creative flair and electronic background, Craig became a force to be reckoned with early in his music career.
1984 marked the beginning of his rise to prominence as a studio musician. His first big break with El DeBarge subsequently led to non-stop studio work. He honed his craft and refined his style as he worked with such musical luminaries as; Anita Baker, Bob Dylan, Barry Manilow, The Boys, Rochelle Ferrell, The O’Jays, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Lalah Hathaway, Klymaxx, LeVert, The Jacksons, The Crusaders, and Tone Loc. To diversify, he worked on numerous movie soundtracks and his own ‘pet projects’. On occasion Craig T. also hit the road and toured with Cheryl Lynn, Billy Preston, Ronnie Laws and many others.
Craig T's 9th, and current album is entitled "NASTY MAN", which features living legend Ronnie Laws and his son Jaman Laws on sax, legendary drummer Ndugu Chancler, Blackbyrds illumni Kevin Toney, The Gifted Pianist Aya Iwata from Japan, and more. This album features the funky, get nasty, roots side of Craig T's aura.
Craig T. was blessed to not only do session work for sitcom "The BERNIE MAC SHOW", but also had Bernie's opening song for his stand-up act "Darkman Pt III". Craig T. Toured with LSG (Gerarld LeVert, Keith Sweat & Johnny Gill), as their guitarist and featured on the Multi-platinum LSG release "ShakeDown", and "Door Number One" from LSG's first album. Currently he’s back in the studio with Living Legend Saxophonist Ronnie Laws.
His long time friendship and musical association with Gerald LeVert, blessed him a platinum record for the hit single “Baby You Are” which he co-wrote and produced for Gerald LeVert (R.I.P), This being his last gold record before his passing. He is also touring as M.D. with the world-renowned Loose Ends and touring guitarist for living legend Ray Parker Jr and also guitarist for the jazz r&b legendary group The Blackbyrds.