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      JOHN COOK HEAVEN’S PEN When John Cook was 4 years old, he witnessed his father commit suicide. It was tragic and traumatic and could have scarred him for life. In order to save his mind and his future, God was going to have to do something special for this young boy, so that he didn’t have ... read more
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      JOHN COOK
      HEAVEN’S PEN

      When John Cook was 4 years old, he witnessed his father commit suicide. It was tragic and traumatic and could have scarred him for life. In order to save his mind and his future, God was going to have to do something special for this young boy, so that he didn’t have that memory etched in his spirit, questioning God and determining his fate. Then, at 7, his mother got sick with Sarcoidosis, a potentially fatal sickness that could have been the final nail in a little boy’s hope for a life of happiness and possibility.

      Until one faithful Sunday, John and his mother went to church. When the Altar Call was made, John watched his mother move to the front of the church to be prayed for and he bore witness to an event that would shape his life and heal him from the memories of his fathers fatal death forever. He saw his mother get healed.

      “She got healed that day and I knew it without a doubt. I knew it by the way she moved and came back to life. Before she wasn’t as alive or as able to move and so I knew that God had healed her. From that point on, I wanted to talk about God!”

      But there were so many distractions in the streets of Flatbush in Brooklyn, NY. Luckily, one of those distractions was rap music. “I grew up around members of ABC (a young rap group that had great success in the early ‘90s with such songs as ‘Playground’ and ‘Aeisha’) and rapper Special Ed lived in my hood. I really felt that if I could be a part of the music, then all of the things that I had been through would disappear. So, I was reading the Bible and listening to rap music. I knew that they could co-exist. I wanted to give God the opportunity to live IN me!”

      John felt that music could do what preaching couldn’t do for some people, penetrate their hearts and move the limits that some people placed on God. “Sometimes, people hear the word and it can go in one ear and out of the other. Music sticks with you!” John felt that music could get through the hardest walls, including the members of the church.

      “Gospel rappers have to be JUST RIGHT—not too hard, not too soft, not too secular, not too sexy—so I had to get into production so that I could make sure that the music was RIGHT, for God and for the church environment. Producers weren’t understanding my vision or my sound, so God led me to do it myself.” Then after a chance meeting with Gary Anglin, who pushed him to enter a contest, John Cook and his brand of hip-hop were introduced to Dr. Bernard, his powerful ministry and that meeting led to John and his family joining the church and eventually led to John being signed to the Christian Cultural Center Music Group (CCCMG) label.

      “HEAVEN’S PEN” is John’s debut cd, but his voice and face have been featured on “GOD CONSCIOUS,” the first release from the label, on which John has two singles—“I Got The Victory (The Devil is a Liar)” and “Dreamin,’” the song and video featuring Diana Gordan, which is being showed on BET in solid rotation.
      When asked about being successful in a realm that doesn’t generally speak about God until they get onstage at awards shows, John offers this. “What happens is that Kirk Franklin tapped into a vertical plane of the Holy Spirit. It’s all about Heaven, but there are a lot of people, right here, on Earth. We have to speak to people’s situations and circumstances because music speaks the truth. Not just Jesus and Up Yonder, but right here and now. I think we can be on the same level as other stuff, musically, and still be saved and be available for God!”

      “Every single day, when we receive a new day, I hear new music. I automatically think about THE GOODNESS OF GOD! I have learned to create everything that I think of FOR GOD. A tear comes to my eyes because I think about people and if I do it right, say it right, I CAN CHANGE THE HEARTS OF MEN AND WOMEN!”

      That’s why John Cook picks up Heaven’s Pen every day.

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