2017 will be the year of John Paul Cooper with the release of his debut album, and hit singles "September Song" and "Perfect Strangers" with Jonas Blue. With his dreadlocks, goatee beard, and Rasta hat, neo-soul singer/songwriter JP Cooper discovered soul music via artists like Donny Hathaway and Ben Harper, and explored this style by joining a gospel choir. Working in a bar, he started to write his own songs, romantic in tone, with powerful emotional and social lyrical content. Recorded acoustically with a backing band, the EPs showcased his smooth, soulful, versatile voice and fingerpicked guitar skills, and often featured gorgeous arrangements for strings and piano.