John Cooper is the lead singer for the Alternative Christian Rock band, Skillet, which he formed with Ken Steorts in 1996. His wife, Korey Cooper, is also a guitarist and pianist for the band. Cooper also collaborated with Toby McKeehan for his album, Tonight.
Seraph (1989-1995) Edit
Cooper temporarily was a part of a Tennessee progressive rock band called Seraph which released a 4-track album before breaking up.
Skillet (1996-present) Edit
John formed Skillet in 1996 with a friend, Ken Steorts. The two artists met while touring for previous bands; John as the vocalist for Seraph and Ken Steorts as guitarist for another Contemporary Christian band, Urgent Cry. After both bands had dissolved, John and Ken's pastor encouraged them to form their own band together. Coming from different styles of rock music, they decided to name the experiment Skillet. Trey McClurkin soon joined the band as a temporary drummer. Skillet was only together for a month when they received interest from major Christian record label ForeFront Records and were signed soon afterwards. Ken Steorts left the band in 1999 and Trey McClurkin left the band in 2000 leaving John as the only founding member of the band and primary songwriter.
Personal Life Edit
John married Korey Pingitore who joined the band as a guitarist. They have two children: Alexandria (born in 2002), and Xavier (born in 2005).
Members: John Cooper • Korey Cooper • Ben Kasica • Jen Ledger