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sherryjcooke

Strong Christian, born in Houston, native 6th generation Texan, 5th great grandchild of Pierre Lafitte (Jean Lafitte) and one of Hood’s Texas Rangers in Texas after the Civil War via South Carolina. Completely emersed by my musical families with an eclectic love and appreciation for Classical, Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Alternative, Rock and Roll, Folk and Country music. Pitch and melody perfectly trained ear. Lyric creation and relativity afficianado and critic.
Presently, a National Country Music Examiner journalist/columnist (5+ years), interviewing, researching, reporting and reviewing Country Music artists and providing event news and historical topics involving new and traditional Country Music. AXS.com Entertainment Contributing Writer.
Over 35 years experience in Marketing, Public Relations, Events Management, Community Outreach and Journalism. I owned my own award-winning (Texas Association of Ad Agencies) ad/publicity/broadcast/events and personality promotion agency for 25 years. The agency grew to more than $1,750,000 in net billings. Throughout those years to the present, I have created, directed managed and publicized major events in Houston and along the Gulf Coast, traveling to Los Angeles and many major cities to negotiate terms and contracts between events, Country Music artists, music management/producers/labels (such as William Morris Agency, Capitol Records and more) I was honored to work with such artists as Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams, Jr., Ray Charles, Alabama, Merle Haggard, T.G Shepherd, Ray Charles, Jr., The Mandrell Sisters, Glenn Ernest Tubb, Stephen Pride, Justin Moore and continue to work with the nation's best and new Country artists, events and venues. Nominated by the Austin/American Statesman for Best Journalist in Texas.
Most valuable awards and rewards: UTMB Gem Award for saving a psychiatric patient’s life. EMT Notification for saving a suicidal overdosed friend of my mother’s through CPR until EMT’s arrived. Proud mom of three gloriously blessed and faithful children of God. Doting Oma to seven beautiful grandchildren. Making a difference in new artist’s lives and their recognition. An active member of the CMT Community, American Association of Americana Folk Music, avid supporter of the Texas Music Association, Academy of Texas Music, supporting member of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and many other groups for awareness of PTSD in the military and in other trauma victims, active advocate against child, spousal and animal abuse and bringing awareness to international Children’s Christian schools (Treewa Children’s School) in Kenya and (Caanan Christian School) Uganda and other international nature preservation groups.
In 1995,was the first ever Marketing /Advertising and Business Development Director for the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, a position especially created from my resume (14 years at UTMB.)

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