If you ask Angie Cockrell what the biggest lesson she’s learned about having a passion for music is, it can be boiled down to one simple ideology: if you try to put it on the bottom of your proverbial “to do” list, the music will get louder until you put it at the top.
Angie’s voice – a rich, soulful, smooth, heart-melting voice – is a rare one that conjures up comparisons to icons Linda Ronstadt, Ann Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Patsy Cline, Karen Carpenter, Etta James, Eva Cassidy, and Whitney Houston. Growing up with heavy influences of such a variety of artists like Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, The Beatles, Bread, The Eagles, The Carpenters, Patsy Cline, James Taylor, Carole King, and the list goes on and on and on…… Her love affair with all styles of music has never ended.
But music was not always a full-time career for this native Texan. Angie started writing music when she was a teenager, but the rhymes and lyrics found their way into keepsake boxes and journals for many years while life took her in other directions. “Raising my children and running a business was my first priority and music had to sit on the back burner,” says Angie. She sang just enough in church and teaching children to keep the passion alive. It wasn’t until 2005 that Angie couldn’t put off her passion for music any longer, and dove into writing, recording and performing.
In 2006 the music was put on hold again when her husband was nearly killed in an automobile accident. The tragedy inspired her to write even more.
“My deep faith in God has naturally led me toward writing and singing Christian and Gospel music, so I can take situations from my own life and translate them into something that can teach or inspire audiences, no matter what age they are.” Angie’s love for many genres of music, including jazz, blues, classic country, blue grass, and pop, allows her to be versatile, incorporating that versatility into her original style.
Angie is one of those rare performers who can make hearts ache and souls shake with her own renditions of At Last, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Crazy, The Tennessee Waltz, Stormy Monday, Amazing Grace, and Eye on the Sparrow, just to name a few. “Because I’ve lived through some tough times, I can infuse those classic songs with a sense of knowing.”
A Tulsa music scene staple for the last several years, Angie has showcased her vocal talents at Juneteenth, The Saturday Night Spotlight, The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, Performing Arts Center, The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fames’ 2009 – 2013 concert series and has showcased her own shows at Jazz Hall of Fame in 2011 and 2012 with music producer, Chuck Gardner, his trio, and saxophonist Tommy Poole. She has opened up for political events at the state and local level with a powerful National Anthem and God Bless America and continues to sing regularly a classy set of favorites – jazz, blues, and soft rock for private functions, dinner events, weddings, and local venues. She also regularly gives back to her church and outreaches by sharing in worship and contemporary Christian music.
In 2009, her song I Don’t Doubt It won top five in the Sandra James Music Foundation Songwriting Competition and was featured on a private songwriter’s collection cd produced in San Francisco. In 2010, Angie placed top 25 in USA and Canada American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia and competed under the direction of Internationally known Gospel Artist, Ernestine Dillard. In 2010, Angie placed second in the Oklahoma based Songwriting Contest for her song “Like A River” after performing it live at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee with the talented Swon Brothers. She also won First Place for her performance of “At Last”. In 2011 through 2013, Angie was nominated for various titles including Best Female Vocalist, Best Christian Artist, Best Jazz Artist, and Artist of the Year in the Absolute Best of Tulsa Music Awards. In 2011 she was asked to perform her song “Color Me Blue” with the Hard Rock Orchestra at the ABoT Awards. In 2013, Angie was voted “Absolute Best Christian Artist” of Tulsa by the readers of Urban Tulsa Weekly.
In April, 2011 her CD “Good Things” was released and shows her passion and dedication to her mission in life: touching people with her music – an original CD showcasing her songwriting and performance versatility and her own rendition of “Rock of Ages” duet with Andy Chrisman. In June 2013, Angie released her 4th CD, “Color Me Blue” which is a compilation of jazz originals and jazz remixes. Angie is continuing to build on that substantial foundation by continuing to write, record, and perform. She still makes her home in Oklahoma.
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