Hollie Cook

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Hollie Cook
Born 1987
West London, England[1]
Genres Reggae, roots reggae, dub, reggae pop, post-punk
Instruments voice, keyboard
Years active 2006–present
Labels Mr. Bongo
Associated acts The Slits
Website holliecook.com

Hollie Cook, born 1987 in London, UK[2] in a musical family, is a British singer and keyboardist. She was a part of the last lineup of all-female punk/reggae band The Slits. From 2010 Hollie has also had a career as solo artist working with producer / songwriter Prince Fatty. In 2011 she released her first and self-titled reggae album Hollie Cook. She calls her own music "tropical pop", and has a passion for reggae and female rocksteady / reggae singers as Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon combined with classic 1960s girl groups.[3][4]

Biography[edit]

Hollie Cook is the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook. Her mother Jeni was a backing singer for Culture Club and Boy George is her godfather.,[4][5]She is of paternal English and maternal West Indian descent.

Hollie Cook joined the re-formed Slits and performed on the band's 2006 EP Revenge of the Killer Slits.[6] She went on to collaborate with Ian Brown and Jamie T, and recorded her self-titled debut album in 2011 with Mike "Prince Fatty" Pelanconi, featuring George Dekker of The Pioneers and Dennis Bovell.[6] The BBC, reviewing the album described it as "one of the most enjoyable reggae albums of 2011 so far".[6] She went on to record a radio session for the BBC and appear on Later... with Jools Holland. De Telegraaf gave the album a four star review.[7]

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the support acts for The Stone Roses' reunion shows.[8]

A dub remix version of her debut album was released in May 2012.[9][10]

She also featured on the 2012 Q covers album of Amy Winehouse's Back To Black, Back To Back To Black, covering "You Know I'm No Good".

Her second album proper, Twice, was funded via PledgeMusic and was released in May 2014.[11]

Cook describes her music as 'tropical pop'.[10][12]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Dub albums[edit]

  • Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook in Dub (2012), Mr. Bongo (dub-version of Hollie Cook)

Singles[edit]

  • "Body Beat"
  • "Walking in the Sand"
  • "That Very Night"
  • "For Me You Are" - Prince Fatty & Hollie Cook

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mrbongo.com/department/hollie-cook-10041
  2. ^ Mail online / live reporter, (28 July 2012, updated 2 Oct 2012). "'It's hard to rebel when your dad's a Sex Pistol': The world according to Hollie Cook". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers Ltd Part of The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Amazon (biography provided by Cook / her representative, (2014). "Hollie Cook Biography". Amazon.co.uk, Hollie Cook. Artist Overview. Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Hollie Cook. Biography". AllMusic. Hollie Cook. AllMusic, All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Duerden, Nick (2 May 2014). "Never mind the Sex Pistols... it's Hollie Cook". The Independent / The Independent's web site. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Aaron, David (2011) "Hollie Cook Review", BBC, 1 June 2011, retrieved 2012-06-02
  7. ^ "Hollie Cook – Hollie Cook", De Telegraaf, 15 August 2011, retrieved 2012-06-02
  8. ^ Smart, Gordon (2012) "Ian Brown picks Hollie Cook to be Stone Roses support act", The Sun, 20 April 2012, retrieved 2012-06-02
  9. ^ "Stream: Exclusive Hollie Cook mixtape", AU magazine, 21 April 2012, retrieved 2012-06-02
  10. ^ a b Young, Martyn (2012) "Hollie Cook - Hollie Cook In Dub", This Is Fake DIY, retrieved 2012-06-02
  11. ^ http://www.nme.com/reviews/various-artists/15294
  12. ^ O'Brien, Jon "Hollie Cook Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-06-02

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