Interview With Gospel Singer Coppe Cantrell
Note: This interview was conducted before the end of 2022.
How would you describe your music to anyone who may have never heard it? Coppe: I would describe my music as urban contemporary gospel with pop, rock, and hip-hop influences. I minister in song, the non-compromising word of God.
What is the significance of my musical moniker? C: The significance of my musical moniker is that it was given to me by my father at six months old. The name Coppe [pronounced copy] was given to me by my father because my hair looked like a brand-new shiny copper penny. Given this information, I decided to spell it Coppe by dropping the letters e and r.
What are or who are some of your musical influences? C: I wouldn't say that I have a single most musical influence, but the tracks are from my late husband, Johnny "J," who produced numerous songs for 2Pac. People have commented when they hear my music it sounds like 2Pac is going to start rapping on it. All the musical influences that Johnny put into the music, I did not reference or have any other artist lyrically. I did my own thing.
What are my musical inspirations? C: My musical inspirations come first from reading the Bible, and then I look at life situations, past, present, or future events, which inspire me to write. Besides that, listen to the track that I'm about to write to.
If given the chance, what musicians would you like to collaborate with? Rather this is to either write or song or be featured on a track. C: If given the chance, I would love to work with Toby Mac, Kirk Franklin, and Lecrae. What’s the brand new song about? C: My song "Pick the Gate" is about picking which gate you want to enter, either Heaven's Gate or Hell's Gate.
What’s something you hope people take from your music? C: I can hope that people take from my songs the seriousness of what’s going on in our society and dive into the word of God because it is the living, breathing word. So many prophecies have come true right now. I pray people to wake up! Which songs on the album were the most fun to write, and which were the most challenging to write?
C: The songs that were the most fun to write on my album are "Dance In The Dark," "Swing To The Right," "Keep Asking," "Work on You," and "Time 2 Get Wired." Those songs came with ease, the Holy Spirit anointing was very strong, these songs were fun up tempos to make, and did not require me to references from events.
The songs that were most challenging for me to write were "War Cry," "Jesus Rocks," "The Breastplate of Righteousness," and "Come and Accept Jesus." These songs were more challenging to write because I had to be biblically correct and historically correct about the event that have either happened or prophesized to take place.
Do you have any favourite songs from the new album?
C: Yes, I have several songs that are my favourite in different ways. My favourite song of all is "Jesus Rocks." However, I do love "War Cry," "Dance in The Dark," "Work on You," "Swing To The Right," "Time To Get Wired," and "No Fear"...Wow, so many! I'm about to name the entire album.
What’s the new album about?
C: The Breastplate of Righteousness, my album is about the covering that God has over my life and the salvation given to us in Jesus and the protection he gives to those who believe.
Do you have any favourite songs to perform live? Could be your own music or even a cover. C: Yes, there is one favourite song that I like to perform live is my song "Holy Groove," that's not on this album. It wakes up the crowd -it's fun and interactive.
What do you currently have planned for the remainder of 2022?
C: Currently, my plans for the end of the year are to finish some last magazine interviews, release my single "War Cry" to radio after Christmas, continue working on completing my album, The Breastplate of Righteousness, and enjoy Christmas with my family celebrating the birth of Jesus. Is there anything else you may want to add before you go?
C: Thank you for this interview. There is so much in store for me in 2023. I'm looking forward to sharing my music with all the world. Blessings.