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Sisters Cotton
Sisters Cotton (also know as “The Sisters”) is comprised of four of the five sisters in the Cotton family- Coré, JoHaan, Stephanie and Regina. Their name was coined by their eldest and only brother, Keith Anthony Cotton (“Tony”), of Little, Rock, Arkansas. Each sister brings her own spirit and artistic flair to the soulful and angelic harmonic blend that comprises Sisters Cotton.

The Sisters have performed in such varied venues as Gospelfests, penal system programs, Juneteenth celebrations, musicals, music concerts, sorority and fraternity events, and various other corporate and private functions. One need only hear them to feel the spiritual center and familial unity that reaches the soul and touches the heart of listeners, holding them captive to the joy, peace and comfort emanating from the angelic and enriching Sisters Cotton sound.

Coré is the youngest member of Sisters Cotton and the group’s principal lead singer, songwriter and arranger. Coré is currently a corporate attorney for a leading financial services institution in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her first love, however, is music and the message that lies therein. As a former featured vocalist with the Sounds of Blackness (the “Sounds”) her vocals are most remembered on Optimistic, from the Sounds’ debut album, The Evolution of Gospel, which earned the group their first Grammy. Since that debut album, Coré has expanded her musical resume immensely and has received a plethora of honors and awards and musical accolades with and outside of the Sounds.

Coré has performed internationally before audiences of thousands to intimate gatherings at the White House. Her television credits include, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Christmas at the White House, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Byron Allen Show, the Stellar Awards, the Essence Awards, the NAACP Image Award and the Soul Train Awards. Coré has appeared at a host of festivals, conferences and summits including the Live Celebration in Japan, the Jack The Rapper Convention, Hammersmith-Odeon in London, Sonesta Koppel in Amsterdam, the United Nations 50th Anniversary Montreaux Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Panafest in Accra & Cape Coast, Ghana, the Cincinnati Jazz Festival in New Orleans, LA, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. the Jazz Festival Black Family Reunion in Baltimore, MD and Philadelphia, P.A, and a host of others.

Coré is also an accomplished songwriter as noted on her self-published CD, Mother & Child. Her original music (“Don’t Be Afraid to Dream) has also appeared on Sounds. In addition to her musical exploits, Coré has taken her voice to the stage with such productions as The Night Before Christmas-A Musical Fantasy (Sounds) and various self-produced projects as her one-woman play, A Woman Evolves, among others.

Coré is currently in production on a new and exciting CD project (“Timeless”) which promises “real music” that is musically and lyrically relevant to music lovers of all eras.
With all her accomplishments, however, she is quick to note that her true enjoyment comes from performing with The Sisters.

The Sisters’ magnanimous sound is inherited from their parents, the late Paris Joseph Cotton and Dr. M. Jeanne Dolphus Cotton who both came from generations of musicians and vocalists. Dr. Cotton (formerly known as “Jeanne Darling”) is the matriarch of the Cotton family. She began her professional singing career as the lead singer of the self-named group, “Jeanne and the Darlings,” produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter. The group was composed of two of her sisters and her oldest daughter, Paula. The group was known for their harmonic blend of voices resident in gospel choirs of the South and girl groups of her time. Jeanne and the Darlings recorded for STAX/Volt Records and performed nationally and internationally with Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, Carla Thomas, Sam Cooke, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor and Sam and Dave. The groups recordings include “How Can You Mistreat the One You Love”, “That Man of Mine”, “What Will Later On Be Like,” “All of These Changes,” “Singing About Love,” “It’s Unbelievable,” and "Soul Girl,” which was the female response to the Sam and Dave hit “Soul Man.” Jeanne and the Darlings performed as studio background vocals with Booker T. & the MGs as studio band, for many STAX/Volt top solo recording artists, and can be heard on such timeless songs as “Dreams to Remember,” by Otis Redding.

Sisters Cotton and family have created a family brand of “feel-good” music spanning three generations of musicians, vocalists, music producers and songwriters. Their trademark is the ability to hold thousands captive to the sound of their music while delivering a message of love, empowerment and unity.
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