Music Spotlight is introducing a musician with a familiar last name. Remember Elly Cooke? Yes? Well meet her brother, Drew Cooke!
Drew Cooke is a young, talented guitarist and songwriter that can be found playing around the York and Hanover area. His playing is reminiscent of the soulful blues. He Derived much of his influence from the great Derek Trucks and other big-name musicians and guitarists. It is emotional, articulate, and deliberate with every note played. But then you can also hear a little bit of country twang throughout the guitar solos and chord progressions as well as through his voice!
Starting at a young age, Drew learned to hone his craft through hours of practicing and experimenting. Over the last two years, he played lead guitar for a few groups. But most often, he is found accompanying his sister with his stellar guitar playing. But through his many performances, it is clear that Drew is a quality entertainer.
If you have not had a chance to watch Drew for yourself, you can find him on Facebook and Instagram to catch his livestreams and cover videos. Most importantly, Drew Cooke has recently released his first record! You can find it and stream it on Spotify.
This week’s Music Spotlight is shining on a musician with a truly inspiring story. He is a musician who is humble, self-made, and motivated to make an impact. This week’s Music Spotlight focuses on Otan Vargas.
Originally from Tondo, Manila in the Phillipines, Otan moved to New York in his 20s. Each day Otan worked endlessly during the day and when the chance presented itself, he would play music at night. Initially starting out by covering his favorite songs, Otan was establishing his presence on YouTube. Covering many 90s rock hits, killer classic rock tunes from the decades, and modern rock hits from today, people started to take notice of this man’s ability to entertain and give his audience what they wanted to hear. Each one of his covers and originals are refined by his honest, humble nature, and powerful, yet controlled voice.
However, one night Otan would receive a huge break for all his modest, yet hard work. While attending a concert headlined by Aaron Lewis of Staind, Otan was noticed in the crowd by fellow audience members. Long story short, Aaron knew of Vargas from covering his music online. As a direct result, Aaron was more than compelled to invite Otan to the stage to play Staind’s hit song “It’s Been A While”. The Staind frontman went on to say, “For those of you who don’t know, this is Otan Vargas. And he plays my songs better than I do.” The audience erupts in a mix of laughter and applause while falling silent as Otan begins his cover.
To this day, Otan has continued entertaining those that follow him and support him. If you want to know more about him follow him on Facebook to watch his next livestream. You can also support him on his patreon account ( www.patreon.com/otanvargasmusic ) or at his website www.otanvargas.com.