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Transcript of Skillet
Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. The band currently consists of husband and wife John,(lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar). The band has released eight albums, two receiving Grammy nominations: Collide and Comatose. Awake has been certified Platinum and debuted on No. 2 on the Billboard 200, with Comatose certified Gold by RIAA(Recording Industry Association.
Skillet went through several line-up changes early in their career, leaving founder John Cooper as the only original member remaining in the band. They have sold over 2 million albums in the U.S. alone[not verified in body] and are known for a relentless touring schedule, which garnered them a top five ranking in the Hardest Working Bands of 2011 by Songkick.com. Now here are some fun facts.
1. In a week on the bus, Skillet goes through an average of 3 pounds of coffee beans and four 32oz bottles of flavored creamer.
2. When Skillet gets together for meals at home they call them, 'Ecclesiastes Days' where for one meal, they forget about any diets they might be practicing and adopt the phrase, 'Eat, Drink and Be Merry.' (Common meals include cheeseburgers, cheese fries, milkshakes, omelets with large amounts of cheese, Korey's famous chocolate chip waffles with butter on top, hot chocolate, and real soda, not diet...)
3.Skillet traveled for their first 5 years in white 15 passenger vans and trailers.
4.John received a full scholarship to the University of Memphis for trombone and marching band. He attended for 3 years then dropped out because Skillet signed to their first label.
5.John worked at McDonald’s for 3 years before starting Skillet.
4.John was Korey's first boyfriend.
5.John's parents would not allow him to listen to rock music, or any other music with a drum beat.
5. Skillet was told by an unnamed label in 1998 that it was unfortunate that the band was Christian. They wanted to sign us and liked our music, but people would never buy an album from a Christian band. Soon after, Sixpence None the Richer, followed by P.O.D., followed by Chevelle, followed by Switchfoot came onto the scene.
6.John began taking classical piano at age 5 and continued through the eighth grade. His mother was a piano, voice, and flute teacher. After she passed away when John was age 14, he began singing in his first rock band.
Korey Cooper (born Korene Marie Pingitore; July 21, 1972) is the keyboardist, guitarist, and backing vocalist for the Christian Rock band Skillet. Her husband, John Cooper, is the lead singer and bassist of the band, as well as one of the founding members. She has made contributions as a backing vocalist in addition to guitars and keyboards.
Before joining Skillet, Cooper was a member of the band Alkeme along with now-former Skillet band-mate Lori Peters, her sister, and others from her church.
Cooper joined Skillet in 1999, between the albums Hey You, I Love Your Soul and Invincible. Their album Comatose was certified as Gold on November 18, 2009.
Cooper and her husband John have tattooed wedding rings on their fingers, instead of the traditional jewelery bands. They have two children; Alexandria (born 2002) and Xavier (born 2005). Korey started playing guitar on stage with Skillet in 2003. She learned how to play about 4 months prior to that date. Other guitarists substituted for her when the children were born. Cooper and her husband have co-written many of Skillet's songs.
(Drummer and Vocals)
Jennifer Carole "Jen" Ledger (born 8 December 1989) is an English drummer and backing vocalist for the Grammy Award-nominated Christian rock/hard rock band Skillet. At the age of eighteen she became Skillet's drummer, when their former drummer Lori Peters retired.
Ledger relocated to the United States at age 16 to major in drums at Living Light School of Worship in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
She toured as Skillet's drummer on the "Comatose Tour". She is the newest member of the band and is from the United Kingdom.
John Cooper has stated on numerous occasions that he was born and raised in a very religious family and atmosphere. "You couldn't wear black, you couldn't listen to anything with drums, anything with guitars, you couldn't have long hair, you couldn't do this and you couldn't do that. Everything was so lifeless. I know I'd read the Bible and be like...'This isn't what the Bible says. I like the idea of living for Jesus, but I hate the idea of living for you.' Ya know?"Says John.
John met his future wife Korey, the current keyboardist, and guitarist for their band when he was visiting friends at his church in Memphis, Tennessee. Ironically, John, then 20, met Korey a week after he made a commitment to God to quit dating. John felt that dating had become an idol for him. On the flip side, 23-year-old Korey, a resident of Wisconsin, had never dated. "I never thought there would be any way she would like me," John says. "I thought she was amazing and it never crossed my mind that we would get married." Although they lived in separate states, they kept running into each other. About a 1-1/2 years later, they began dating. They were engaged two months later.
During a 2010 Creation Festival YLO Interview, John revealed that "early on, we decided we would never have kids on the road. We were not going to do it. And then God spoke to us later, just showing that God can change our minds, right? So then God starts speaking to me about kids, and I was like "Really? But we made a decision NOT to do it." and God's like "I don't care." So...that's how that happened! It was a big shock, because we were really against that, but then again we didn't know that Skillet would be going this long. I didn't know that I'd be 35 and still doing this."
Cooper is a huge fan of Dr Pepper, and can often be seen drinking it in numerous Skillet podcasts. This happens so often that former Skillet guitarist Ben Kasica referred to him as a professional soda connoisseur in one podcast. He has also started to like Ted's Escondido in Tulsa, Oklahoma and collects life-sized posters of Spider-Man and Batman.
In one podcast he made a comment that his pet peeves are bare feet and getting wet. He said that when he goes to the beach he wears his tennis shoes because he doesn't like having sand and dirt on his feet. He hates looking at people's feet and getting into pools. His nickname, often mentioned in Skillet podcasts, is "Doggy". Cooper used Ibanez bass guitars but switched to GMP after Ben Kasica joined the band. Starting with Comatose he began using Traben Phoenix bass guitars.
n a YouTube interview Morrison said he heard about Skillet looking for a new guitarist so he contacted his friend Tim Rosenau (Guitarist for tobyMac) asking for more information. From there Rosenau asked tobyMac, however there was never a reply back from Rosenau. Later Morrison received an email from the Skillet's manager, Scotty Rock, asking for photos, certain songs, and Morrison's testimony. Later Morrison received a phone call from an area code he wasn't familiar with so he left the call alone but claimed he had a "felt led" to call back the number. The phone call led to the voice mail of Scotty Rock who later called back Morrison where John Cooper joined in on the conversation asking Morrison to fly out where he had only a week to prepare himself and learn the songs.
Six Songs And Six Albums
1. Ardent Worship
2. Alien Youth
3. Looking For Angels
4.Not Gonna Die
5.What I Believe
I wanna Play That !!!!!!