In 2009 Julian Cook’s powerful baritone voice won him recognition as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts (IL). Today he still sings, but it’s his voice as a scholar, innovator, educator, and community leader that’s earning him center stage.
Julian grew up on the south side of Chicago, a grandson of Mississippi sharecroppers who moved to Illinois in the 1940s. He always sang, but he didn’t recognize his artistry as anything special because he thought everybody could sing. His mother, grandmother, and sister always sang, and music was a big part of his church life.Read More