Hey there –
Some of you may already know me or may be familiar with my name, but I thought I should start my first blog with an introduction of who I am and what I do.
My name is Jennifer Cooke (aka Jen) and I am Amy’s day-to-day manager at Blanton, Harrell, Cooke & Corzine. Although there is an incredible team of people in place who help guide Amy’s overall career, I am the one who is responsible for pulling all of the loose ends together and hopefully (more days than not) make things flow smoothly. Whether it be trying to keep her schedule free enough to afford her the time to be creative and write new songs, planning her recording schedule, coordinating promotional appearances, scheduling interviews and photo shoots, or planning live concert tours, I am up to my eyeballs in all the details. Amy often refers to me as "the brain." I guess I have her fooled! I’ve been doing the job for almost 19 years and no two days are ever the same. More than anything, I consider myself blessed beyond measure to have landed here in Nashville and to be able to support Amy’s career and life.
There are so many memories that fill my mind as I think about the past two decades of working with Amy. As I do more blogging I am sure I will reminisce about some of the career highlights that stand out to me and share some of my personal photos from time together on the road. I’ll try not to bore you and I will read your comments to see if you want more or less memories. I will also try to answer as many questions as possible. I want this to be an interactive experience for you and hope that you feel like this new format allows you to feel more actively involved in Amy’s career and gives you a better insight into how she is spending her time.
Speaking of her time — We are both very excited about the Lead Me On reunion tour. The first time I saw Amy in concert was in 1989 at the Pacific Amphitheater in Orange County, California during the original Lead Me On tour. I took my younger sister to the concert because she was an Amy fan. Honestly, I knew nothing about Amy’s music at the time but I was absolutely blown away by the production of the show and, more importantly, I was impacted by the feeling of 19,000 people coming together to hear great music and worship. It was my first Christian music concert and it had a profound affect on me. My life has never been the same.
Now here we are twenty years later – older and perhaps a bit wiser. I don’t know about you, but I know for me that I can always use something to recharge my batteries and get me thinking about the future and how I can use my life and the gifts God has given me to impact the world around me. That’s the hope for this reunion tour — that we look back and celebrate music from a time gone by in order to energize us all about moving forward in life with passion and purpose.
More to come….