First Listen: Joanna Cooke is "Caught Up"

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    (May 21, 2022) Back in 2018, we introduced SoulTrackers to Joanna Cooke, a self-proclaimed Soul and Blues-driven singer/songwriter, who hails from the UK.  Joanna’s music has found success on UK charts, has been selected for editorial playlists on Spotify, and has earned her support from BBC Radio.  Joanna’s soulful artistry also impressed Motown legend Martha Reeves, who recognized her as “the baby girl singing the blues.”  

    A self-taught pianist who was raised on the blues, Joanna has a niche for writing personal songs that touch on deep subjects and speak to the heart.  She has done it again with her latest single, “Caught Up, which is from her highly successful fourth EP entitled Kaleidoscope.  Speaking of success, the single itself reached the top 5 on the UK Soul Chart Breakers this month.

    (May 21, 2022) Back in 2018, we introduced SoulTrackers to Joanna Cooke, a self-proclaimed Soul and Blues-driven singer/songwriter, who hails from the UK.  Joanna’s music has found success on UK charts, has been selected for editorial playlists on Spotify, and has earned her support from BBC Radio.  Joanna’s soulful artistry also impressed Motown legend Martha Reeves, who recognized her as “the baby girl singing the blues.”  

    A self-taught pianist who was raised on the blues, Joanna has a niche for writing personal songs that touch on deep subjects and speak to the heart.  She has done it again with her latest single, “Caught Up, which is from her highly successful fourth EP entitled Kaleidoscope.  Speaking of success, the single itself reached the top 5 on the UK Soul Chart Breakers this month.

    “Caught Up” begins with a haunting melody, signaling to the listener that something profound is coming next, and it does.  The lyrics begin this way:

    I’ve got myself caught up, trying to find my missing pieces.
    The only way is up (ooh yeah), so they keep telling me.

    Explaining the song’s message, Joanna says: “It's basically a conversation between the positive and negative 'self-talk' we all experience from time to time.”  (Self-talk is defined as your inner voice, or the way you talk to yourself throughout the day.)  Although Joanna says that “Caught Up” finds her “once again staring into the dark tunnel of her mind,” the purpose in the song is to find her way out of it toward inner peace.  So, her hope is that anyone who listens to “Caught Up” ends up feeling uplifted, realizing that there is “always a reason to keep on keeping on.”

    Take a listen here.

    By Darnea N. Samuels

     
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