Cooper Ray entertains, motivates and inspires youth and adults across the country. He's presented workshops at the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry and emceed catechetical sites at World Youth Day. His relevant message has a way of reaching people down in front, all the way to the back row.
The first solo collection gives the people what they want
Cooper will also be the first to tell you, he's never considered himself a musician. Music had always been a complement to his speaking ministry. But as more and more people approached him, asking for his CD, the more he realized it was time to give the people what they wanted. His solo debut is a testament to the same lighthearted optimism that has already spoken to so many.
Draws in listeners of all ages
Produced by Tom Booth, Wake the Dawn is a praise and worship album that draws in listeners of all ages. Cooper's voice catches your ear from the second you hit play. The 11 songs range from full-blown rock—complete with drums, Hammond B3 organ and the guitar licks of Taylor Johnson—to straightforward, personal ballads.
Joyful, dynamic music begs for you to sing along
"Sing Alleluia" kicks off the album with a joyful opening that makes you want to get up and dance. "Now" begs for you to sing along. The powerfully dynamic "Rain On Me" features chilling cello runs and vocals so heartfelt, you'd swear Cooper was right in front of you. Finally, "An Offering" brings the record to an intimate close.
Encompasses the core of Cooper's ministry
There's an ease to Cooper's delivery that welcomes you to every song with an outstretched hand. It's no wonder, given the impact of his speaking events. Honest and passionate, Wake the Dawn encompasses the core of Cooper's ministry: saying to God, "This is what I have to offer, use it, take it, do with it what you will."
List of Songs:
1. Sing Alleluia - 3:29
2. Now - 4:53
3. Wake the Dawn - 4:04
4. I Know You Are Near - 4:37
5. Rain On Me - 4:17
6. In Your Great Love - 3:54
7. Rejoice - 3:31
8. Every day, I Will Sing - 4:41
9. From The Inside Out - 4:12
10. Lord, You Have My Heart - 3:09
11. An Offering - 2:28
Cooper Ray is a dynamic speaker and musician who shares his faith with honesty and passion. Drawing from over 20 years of professional ministry experience, he is committed to bringing people into a closer relationship with the Lord.
Cooper Ray is a dynamic speaker and musician who shares his faith with honesty and passion. Drawing from 20 years of professional ministry experience as a retreat facilitator, liturgical musician, and diocesan director, he is committed to bringing people to Christ. Through story, humor and audience participation Cooper moves his audiences from laughter to deep reflection and prayer. Cooper uses these gifts to communicate the Gospel to the young and the young at heart, engaging, entertaining, and altogether inspiring. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in pastoral studies.
A contributing writer for Josh Blakesley’s popular song “Our God Is Good,” Cooper was also featured on Steve Angrisano’s album Live: Songs from the Road. His first solo album, Wake the Dawn, produced by Tom Booth, features 11 contemporary Catholic songs ranging in style from rock and pop to ballads. In Cooper’s seven-song sophomore album, Anywhere For You, he moves effortlessly from ballad to easy-going acoustic to praise and worship, showing maturity and depth of lyric and musicianship.
With the heart of a worship leader, Cooper has influenced thousands at some of the most impactful events of the past decade, such as NCYC, the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, World Youth Day, Steubenville Youth Conferences and numerous diocesan, parish and school events across the country.
Originally based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Cooper now lives in Flower Mound, TX. with his wife and three sons. He is the Coordinator for Middle School Ministry at St. Ann in Coppell, TX.