D. C. Cooper

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D. C. Cooper
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D C Cooper at RoSfest 2013
Background information
Birth name D. C. Cooper
Born (1965-08-22) August 22, 1965 (age 48)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Royal Hunt
Silent Force
Amaran's Plight
Website dccooper.com

Donald Christopher "D.C." Cooper (born August 22, 1965 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania) is an American singer and musician.

Biography[edit]

He started out playing in several area bands and touring the local club circuit in Pittsburgh while he studied singing under renowned opera coach Charlotte Coleman. His first thrust into the international spotlight was as a finalist to be Rob Halford's replacement in Judas Priest. Having created a buzz at the auditions, he found himself with offers to sing for many European and American bands. He selected Royal Hunt after much deliberation and officially joined the band on December 26, 1994.[1]

After 4 years with Royal Hunt, Cooper was suddenly and unexpectedly fired from the band, which he discovered by reading the announcement on their website.[2] For his next project, a solo album that he began in 1998, he enlisted the help of musicians from many well known bands (among them guitarist Tore Østby of Conception, and members of Pink Cream 69). He released D. C. Cooper in 1999.

After a successful tour, Cooper formed a new band with former Sinner guitarist Alex Beyrodt called Silent Force. They have released four studio albums of their own. In 2012, Cooper made an announcement saying he was leaving the band and a new line-up was announced in 2013. Cooper was replaced by singer Michael Bormann.[3]

When Cooper is not on tour, he can frequently be found volunteering as a firefighter in his home state of Pennsylvania. Cooper is married to Michelle Cooper, and has two sons, Clayton (b. 2003) and Carson (b. 2005).[4]

DC Cooper has recorded guest vocals for Australian progressive metal act Voyager. In 2011 he rejoined Royal Hunt and performed on their Japan and Russia tour. Later the same year it was announced that Cooper will make a new record with the band.

Discography[edit]

The Tung Bandits[edit]

Solo album[edit]

Royal Hunt[edit]

Silent Force[edit]

Missa Mercuria[edit]

  • Missa Mercuria (2002)

Amaran's Plight[edit]

  • Voice In The Light (2007)

Guest appearances[edit]

Artist Album Year
Victory Voiceprint 1996
Shadow Gallery Tyranny 1998
Explorer's Club Age of Impact 1998
Pink Cream 69 Electrified 1998
Rage Unity 2002
Various Artists Missa Mercuria 2002
Edenbridge Aphelion 2003
Gary Hughes Once and Future King Part II 2003
Dol Ammad Ocean Dynamics 2006
Steel Seal By the Power of Thunder 2007
Persephone's Dream Pyre of Dreams 2007
Daniele Liverani's Genius: A Rock Opera Episode 3: The Final Surprise 2007
Voyager The Meaning Of I 2011

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