introducing…. ME

Posted on: September 10th, 2008 by Jennifer 18 Comments

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….

Jen

 

  • carla

    hi jen this carla how u been doing geuss you and AMYstay busy how do re join amy site when it run s out thanks carla

  • Stephen Salter

    Hi Jen (and Carla from previous post–this is walt214 from FOA),
    Jen, nice to meet you. I’m really excited about this new website and the new interaction between Amy’s fans and Amy (through you). I can’t wait until the tour. I will be at the last one at the Tower Theatre. Its funny how life goes, I’m sure when you went to the first LMO, you had no idea that you would be an actual part of Amy’s life. I have been a fan of Amy’s Pop career for about 10 years. I have always listened to her Christmas CDs (hasn’t been a Christmas since I was born–Dec 1984–that “A Christmas Album” hasn’t been played). I am now getting into her albums before “Heart In Motion”. Well, I’m sure I’ll leave posts in the future. I can’t wait for the pictures and stories of your memories with Amy.
    Hope everything goes well with the tour.
    Thanks.
    Stephen Salter

  • Maggie Copeland

    Hey Jen,
    I have listened to Amy’s music since 1982,,,and remember the Lead Me On tour. I think I saw it in Indiana. Her concerts bring back many good memories for me. I still get a “childlike excitement” every time I hear she is going to be in concert somewhere (close to Dayton, OH) !! I also attended her concert as my first Christian concert back in 1985 and knew I wanted to live a christian life after that first experience. Her music changed my life ! I look forward to reading your blogs. Get some rest during this concert tour !!!!
    Maggie Copeland

  • Walter Stinson

    Hi Jen,
    It is Walter from right here in Nashville. We have met a few times and you are always very warm and friendly. I am sure Amy appreciates all the hard work you do to help her and we do too. Please continue to keep up the good work and do share those memories with us all.
    God bless,
    Walter

  • http://www.leviwalker.com Levi Walker

    Hi there Jen,
    Love the fact that you, Amy and her team are blogging – fun to read about!
    I’ve been a fan since I was like 7 years old. I met Amy ONCE at a straight ahead album signing at some Christian Book Store in Atlanta. I’m hoping that some friends of mine might be able to hook up a meet and greet when I”m at the show.
    She’s the reason that I’ve had a career in singing for the past 20 years. I’m also a professional photographer here in LA. It’s actually been a dream of mine to photograph her for quite some time now… check out http://www.leviwalker.com
    I’m in Los Angeles, but would love to be considered to shoot her for any of her upcoming promotional materials…
    hope to hear from you
    levi walker
    levi@leviwalker.com

  • Kristin

    Could you possibly squeeze Denver into one of Amy’s upcoming tours because we would love to see her….Thanks!!!!!

  • Roberta

    Hi Jen,
    Hey…I was at that concert in 1989-not my first AG concert however-It was truly a magical night. I thank you for all the work you do…It is all part of the well -oiled machine that keeps all of us fans happy and Amy on track going strong! Love the memories…the more the better! Here’s to LMO one more time!!!! Looking forward to it!

  • BarryG

    Hi Jen,
    I really appreciated you sharing your first experience with Amy’s music as you took in her Lead Me On concert years ago. That tour was so monumental for me as well.
    Would you please consider sharing your testimony of how you came into a relationship with Jesus? It would be so encouraging for us. Thank you, Jen.
    Barry

  • FAITH

    ANT CHANCE OF FLORIDA?

  • Judy Noeh

    Hi Jen,
    well, I guess I belong to the “old bunch” who where in the newgroup about 10 years ago. I am a diehart fan of Amy since ’84… yeah, guess that is outing my age ;)
    But unfortunately I live on the wrong side of the world – Germany. Since Amy wasn’t anywhere in Europe for far more than 10 years, I hoped that she would come over at least a few concerts. But hey, bummer… Now my question – Any chance that Amy will perform in Germany again – and YES there are plenty of her fans here who would buy the tickets in a heartbeat ;) So, pleeeeaaasssseee ?!
    P.S. I became a FOA member, but I guess that doesn’t make sense anymore, if there is no more newsletter or if I can’t join the concerts, since they are all only abroad. Very sad :(
    But please say HI to Amy anyways and have a nice day ;)
    Lots of love,
    Judy Noeh

  • jacartist

    Hi Jennifer! Getting to know you and all you do for Amy is really great. I think some people assume that events in an artist’s career just kind of happen. This will show how much hard work and planning go into every tour, recording session, appearance, etc.
    It’s the people behind the scenes that make things happen and go smoothly!

  • christine downey

    hi jen, i was wondering if amy would come to bossier city,louisana? i haven’t seen her since 2003. i am a very big fan. she the best! love christine downey

  • Patsy in SC

    Hey Jennifer ~~
    I am originally from Nashville and I have listened to Amy’s music since college days in the early 80′s. In fact, Amy had just released “My Father’s Eyes” and was a student at Furman University while I was a student at Carson Newman College in east TN. One night the Furman FCA came to speak at our FCA. What a thrill to have her sit on a stool, w/ guitar in hand, and just sing to a small group. We have followed her concerts all over ever since! Also, LOVE Vince and all his music and have seen them both in concert and him at the Opry. Would LOVE to actually MEET them both one day!
    Sending my support through the years!
    Patsy in SC

  • Connie

    Hi Jen,
    We had our first Amy concert experience on the same night at the Pacific Amphitheater in Orange County, CA in 1989! I too took my little sister who was an Amy fan too. I had listened to the cassette she had on the way to the concert and I too was blown away and have been an admirer and fan since. I followed Amy’s career and attended several concerts over the years. Now here it is almost 20 years later and I’m taking my little sister to the concert on Oct 25th in Wendover, NV for her “45th” birthday. We both live near Salt Lake City now and are probably Amy’s #1 fans in Utah. We’ve been through so many things at the same time as Amy that we feel we are sisters too.

  • Connie

    Hi Jen,
    We had our first Amy concert experience on the same night at the Pacific Amphitheater in Orange County, CA in 1989! I too took my little sister who was an Amy fan too. I had listened to the cassette she had on the way to the concert and I too was blown away and have been an admirer and fan since. I followed Amy’s career and attended several concerts over the years. Now here it is almost 20 years later and I’m taking my little sister to the concert on Oct 25th in Wendover, NV for her “45th” birthday. We both live near Salt Lake City now and are probably Amy’s #1 fans in Utah. We’ve been through so many things at the same time as Amy that we feel we are sisters too.

  • lori

    I love the blogs and appreciate you taking the time to share with the fans and others like myself, who have followed Amy’s career since the beginning. Looking forward to your sharing the memories from your years together.
    Lori in NC

  • Eric and Beckie

    Hi,
    Nice to meet you and nice design on the web site. God bless all of you as you go on the road with the message of hope and love in such a desparate time in our world. My wife and I recently had a few minutes to speak with Amy, we were cruising into a storm on the high seas in May, and were really touched by her openess. We shall see you, her and Vince up here in New England over the holidays.
    We are praying for all of you as you “hit the road”.
    Eric and Beckie

  • Eric and Beckie

    Oppps that was in July we were on the high seas. I was in Africa in May and have not recovered from what I saw there so my months are all scrambled….
    Have a wonderful blessed week,
    Eric and Beckie

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