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Mighty Clouds of Joy, Honored with Trailblazers Award
- Gospel Flava



News Release Issued: January 23, 2008 1:56 PM EST

John Legend, Patti Labelle, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Rev. Jesse
Jackson
and Henry Simmons Join Host Steve Harvey on BET's 'CELEBRATION OF
GOSPEL'
Premiering Sunday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- With spiritually-uplifting
performances
by some of the biggest names in gospel and mainstream music, BET's
CELEBRATION
OF GOSPEL is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping two-hour revival! Hosted by
veteran comedian/actor and popular syndicated radio personality Steve
Harvey,
this inspirational affair was taped at the historic Orpheum Theatre in
Los
Angeles. Themed "Spirit in Song," CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL is filled with
rousing performances by Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Kirk Franklin,
Yolanda
Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Dr. Bobby Jones, Fred Hammond, J. Moss,
Marvin
Sapp, Mighty Clouds of Joy, KiKi Sheard, Crystal Aiken, Israel and The
New
Breed, and T-Bone. The telecast also includes special appearances by
Rev.
Jesse Jackson and Henry Simmons, and premieres on BET Sunday, January
27 at
8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The evening kicks off with a high-energy, show-stopping opening number
by
2008 Stellar Award-nominee Kirk Franklin of his current hit single
"Declaration (This Is It)," followed by host Steve Harvey's opening
monologue. Back to lead the show for his eighth consecutive year,
Harvey
acknowledges the positive influence of his history with CELEBRATION OF
GOSPEL.

"This show has made me a better person, it really has. I've grown a
lot.
Trying to be a better Christian ... .I'm still short, but I'm trying
hard,"
Harvey jokes.

Backed by a 20-piece orchestra led by world-renowned music director Ray
Chew,
music icon Patti LaBelle marks her CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL debut with a
moving
rendition of "Walk Around Heaven" that brings the audience to its feet.
John
Legend belts out a soul-stirring performance of "Show Me" from his
piano,
while Yolanda Adams encourages believers to "Hold On" with her
signature,
awe- inspiring vocal delivery.

With it's dance-worthy tempo and hip-hop gospel attitude, veteran BET
host
Dr. Bobby Jones' collaboration with 2008 GRAMMY nominee J. Moss on
"Thank You
Lord" is anything but old-school and offers something appealing for
viewers of
all ages. Pastor Shirley Caesar, widely regarded as the 'first lady' of
Gospel
music, delivers an inspired performance of the contemporary classic,
"Never."
Show highlights also include spoken word presentations featuring bible
verses
and inspirational readings by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Henry Simmons; a
special
segment featuring Fred Hammond with SUNDAY BEST winner, Crystal Aiken
and the
top four finalists; a medley featuring Steve Harvey and BeBe Winans;
and
rousing performances from Marvin Sapp, Mighty Clouds of Joy, KiKi
Sheard, J
Moss, and Israel and The New Breed featuring T-Bone.

Viewers can catch their favorite moments during encore airings of
CELEBRATION
OF GOSPEL on Saturday, February 3 at 9 a.m. ET/PT, Saturday, February 9
at 9
p.m. ET/PT, and Sunday, February 17 at 10 a.m. ET/PT.
SOURCE: BET Networks
Web site: http://www.bet.com/








- BET Networks


SEPTEMBER 21, 2007: MUSIC
ACL Music Fest Live Shots
Zilker park
BY GREG BEETS
Photo by John Anderson
The Mighty Clouds of Joy
As the sun set behind the WaMu tent Friday evening, it was easy to recall Mavis Staples' transcendent performance there on the first night of ACL 2003. Despite nearly identical climatic conditions, the Mighty Clouds of Joy couldn't quite conjure the collective rush of skin-tingling exhilaration that characterizes a standout gospel performance. Together since 1959, the Clouds have more than four decades' experience bringing traditional gospel-quartet harmonies to bear on contemporary R&B. They even had a No. 2 Billboard dance hit with 1975's "Mighty High." Their set negotiated the sacred/secular intersection with varying degrees of success. When founding member Joe Ligon took his solos, the aural distinction between old-time religion and Stax/Volt was negligible, the quartet's harmonies best displayed in a slow-groove reworking of the O'Jays' "Love Train." Vocalist Mike Cook then wooed the assemblage with glass-shattering falsetto acrobatics that wouldn't have been out of place on American Idol. The line between currying and pandering is a thin one, and the group finally crossed it by closing with "Shout." As backward baseball caps bobbed in unison, the rote nature of this exercise became all too clear.
- Austin Chronicles


July 18, 2008, Michael A. Cook 47,dies in his home in Maryland. Michael A. Cook known by family and friends as (Mike) has left this world. Most have come to know him as the lead tenor/Falsetto singer of the Mighty Clouds of Joy. For over 20 years the world has been blessed to hear this angelic voice with songs like "Love Lifted Me", "Walk Around Heaven", "Order My Steps" and most recently, "Always there", "Faithful", " I Believe" and "That's what I'll be needing God for".
Mike leaves his wife , three children, father and one brother, and years of friends.
The world will never be the same, We miss you already, but we know that you are peace!


WM Dorsey 7-08 - Dorsey Entertainment


Discography

"Love Lifted Me" Word Records from the Catching On album II
"Walk Around Heaven all Day" Word Records from The Bright Night Album Live from Japan
"Order My Steps" Word Records
"Pray for Me" 'Word Records
"Nobody Can Turn Me Around" Public Domain
"Always There" Jet Records ,Radio airplay AM1240 KSON The Inspiration Station, "Faithful" www.globalgospelbroadcasting.com

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Bio

Born in Halifax, Virginia, Michael was raised in a traditional Musical Southern Church family. His capitvating falsetto tenor voice caught the attention of the legendary gospel group, "The Mighty Clouds of Joy."

Michael has written uplifting songs such as "Love lifted me" and "Walk around Heaven." Michael's success with The Mighty Clouds of Joy eventually culminated in a long list of superlatives and awards that included a Stellar Award (The highest achievement in the Gospel Music Industry) With four Grammy nominations and a Grammy award for recording "Pray for me" which he composed and sang lead.

Michael's extensive resume reads like a popular music who's who list. He has shared the bill with performers such as the late Rev. James Cleveland, Patti LaBelle, The late James Brown, Quincy Jones, Rev. Al Green, The late Ray Charles, and Paul Simon, just to name a few noted artists.

He has also appeared on popular T.V. shows including Entertainment Tonight, David Letterman, Good Morning America, Bobby Jones Gospel, HBO, Cinemax, and Show Time.

*1999, Michael was inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame.
*2007 Stellar Awards James Cleveland, lifetime achievement award.

Michael is always indebted to God for his musical gifts, and his family for the continued support, and growth.

He has embarked on a solo music career that is guaranteed to be a blessing. Mike Cook has truly arrived!