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James V. Cockerham


By Nigeria Anderson

Influential Composer

James V. Cockerham is a treasured music industry personality notable across the entertainment spectrum as a playwright, African-American music  composer of orchestra, classical and film scores. He is a master musician, songwriter, author, recording artist and producer. All the layers we enjoy when introducing a Key Players.  James V. Cockerham has a diverse portfolio, it’s no surprise that his arrangement of Lift Every Voice and Sing will be performed in April 2022 in Carnegie Hall. By the very first all Black Classical Ensemble, a first in the 134 year history of Carnegie Hall.  Recently, James released a full CD project entitled Looking, with social-consciousness lyrics drawing attention to the many social and political issues we are facing today.  Collaborations on the project include well known and rising artists in several genres in making this album diverse, which include jazz, blues, rap, hip-hop and GospelJames V. Cockerham has earned the right to write his own music and he does it well.  Especially in symphony music as one of our great composers.


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