THE MUSIC OF SAM COOKE starring BRADD MARQUIS coming to a city near you


By Staff

Welcome back to Heart and Soul Magazine Bradd. We are intrigued by the connection you have with Sam Cooke, his message and his music. What initially drew you to his music and how old were you? 

My grandparents introduced me to the music of Sam Cooke when I was a child. They would always play Sam Cooke and The Soulstirrers but I never knew who I was listening to, it was just the musical ambience of their house. I was an adult when I realized whose music I had been listening to! 

 Are any of your original compositions inspired or influenced by Sam Cooke? if so which ones and how?

My more recent original compositions have been influenced by Sam Cooke, songs such as The Thrill is Gone and No War. Not so much stylistically but content wise.  I determined a few years ago I wanted my original content shows to have the same impact on people as my Sam Cooke shows and that required me to write songs that spoke to more than just romantic love. 

 Even though Sam Cooke’s career ended tragically and prematurely, his catalogue contains so may great songs. Which songs of Sam Cooke do you include in your tribute/salute shows to him and why?

I’ve been paying tribute to Sam Cooke since 2009. The show has evolved over the years. It orginally started as a one hour show where I performed like 5 or 6 songs of his and 5 or 6 songs of my own. It was an attempt to show the similarities in his musical journey and my own.

Later the show became all about Sam Cooke. It was a one-hour show telling his life story through the evolution of his music. I wanted to take the listener on a journey from Sam’s gospel roots to his secular achievements through his awakening as a civil rights activist.

Now, the show is two hours long. I still tell Sam Cooke’s story through hi. Still, Ic, but I take a deeper dive into his influence and contribution to soul music and his motivations for getting involved in the civil rights movement, adding a little more bells and whistles to illustrate the times.  

The two-hour set includes: 

Twisting the Night Away 

Good News


Touch the Hem of His Garment 

You Send Me

Bring it on Home 

It’s Alright 

Nothing Can Change This Love

Sentimental Reasons 

Wonderful World 

Good Times

Chain Gang

Ease My Troubling Mind

Blowing in the Wind 

A Change is Gonna Come

Having a Party

Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come (Official Lyric Video)

What would you like people to know about Sam Cooke that learned from your own research that is not often spoken about or not spoken about enough

I want people to know everything good about Sam Cooke.  His legacy and contributions to music, soul music, and the business of music are pioneering. Without him, there is no soul music; there is no Motown, no Bad Boy so forth, and so on.  A Change is Gonna Come was the soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement, and his evolution from vain pop star to social justice activist and everything in between is inspiring. It should be celebrated the same way we do, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Muhammed Ali, and Jim Brown.

What were your thoughts of the Netflix Sam Cooke documentary of 2019 and the “Night in Miami” from last year? 

The Netflix documentary “The Two Killings of Sam Cooke” was very well done and informative for those who may not have known much about him. I am very familar with his story and it is one of the main reasons I do this show, to keep his legacy alive. As time passes, if we do not continue to share his story his contributions to the world will unfortunately fade like many of our greats.

I loved “One Night In Miami.” I’m not sure those events or personality characterizations were true to life or made for TV, but getting insight into what their personalities and their possible relationships with one another could have been was amazing and humanized these bigger-than-life icons.  I hope they tell more of these stories similar to what they are doing with “Godfather of Harlem.” 

Bradd Marquis SINGS Sam Cooke

The Music of Sam Cooke starring Bradd Marquis A Change is Gonna Come

2022 Tour Dates:

January 8, 2022 – Modesto, California

Gallo Center for the Arts
1000 I Street, Modesto, CA 95354

Showtime: 7:30 pm

January 15, 2022 – Longview, TX

LeTourneau University Belcher Center

2100 S. Mobberly Ave, Longview TX 75602

Showtime: 7 pm

January 20, 2022 – Lake Wales, FL (2 one hour gigs same day) 

Lake Ashton Community Development District 

4141 Ashton Club Drive, Lake Wales, FL 33859

Showtimes: 5 pm and 8 pm

January 21, 2022 – Lake Worth, FL 

Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College

4200 Congress Ave, MS #62

Lake Worth, FL 33461

Showtime: 8 pm

February 5, 2022 – Flint, Michigan

Flint Cultural Center Corporation Inc/ Capital Theatre

140 East 2nd St., Flint, MI 48502

Showtime: 8 pm

February 11, 2022 – Wayne, NJ

Shea Center For Performing Arts

William Paterson University

300 Pompton Road

Wayne, NJ 07470

Showtime: 8 PM

Tickets available here