Cooper was 5 years old when he first saw the video of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” on MTV at a while hanging out at a buddy’s house. His mom didn’t like it one bit. “I came home and sang it to my mom. She gave me a whipping for singing the devil’s music,” Cooper, 36, told the Columbus Dispatch. “I wasn’t allowed to listen to rock music for years.” That, of course, changed, and over time Cooper found himself drawn to Christian rock music, both for its rocking sound and faith-filled message.
“It made me proud to have music that would stand up for my faith,” said Cooper, who really turned to Christian rock at age 14, after his mother passed away. “It reminded me that God wasn’t going to leave me and was going to protect me. I kind of decided at that point that if I ever got to play music, I would sing songs about my faith and hopefully inspire people to have hope.”
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