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Skillet frontman John Cooper launches 'Cooper Stuff Podcast'

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Thu, Feb 14th 2019 04:20 pm

Personal, fun & reflective podcast available now via Skillet’s YouTube Channel, iTunes

Taking a cue from what he gets asked about most from fans, a desire to have some fun and to live out the golden rule, multi-Platinum and Grammy-nominated Skillet frontman John Cooper has officially launched his “Cooper Stuff” podcast. Available on Skillet’s YouTube Channel, iTunes and more, Cooper's goal is to post a new episode each month. With the first installment launching just before Valentine's Day, the theme of the debut podcast sees Cooper taking an honest, no-holds-barred approach to what makes a successful relationship – drawing from his 21-year marriage to Korey Cooper.

“In many ways, the social media world has created an angry culture where people are constantly screaming at each other over philosophical, theological or political differences,” Cooper said. “I meet people who are honestly confused about how to live and how to be a good person. People wonder if it’s more virtuous to love and accept someone they disagree with, or to stand up and scream at someone they disagree with.

“I started the ‘Cooper Stuff’ podcast for multiple reasons – it’s a more in-depth look for the fans into who I am and what I think, but it’s also meant to be comic relief for an increasingly angry and stressed-out world. I want to talk about living life in a really simple way. I want to share the Biblical foundations for the reason I hold these beliefs. It’s not actually that complicated to be civil to those who disagree with you – to be fair and honest – and to treat others the way you want to be treated – all while seeing the brighter side of life.”

Currently working on their 11th studio project (scheduled to release later this year on Atlantic), Skillet will once again tour with Breaking Benjamin and Fight The Fury, with dates in March and April. Known for their vast tour schedule, the dates will be followed by a trek through the Russian Federation. Tickets for the two-month spin are on sale now.

The band’s latest effort, “Unleashed,” recently garnered RIAA Gold status, selling more than 500,000 copies. The distinction follows suit with the lead single, "Feel Invincible," which was RIAA Gold-certified in 2018. “Unleashed” is the fourth consecutive Skillet record to receive certification of Gold, Platinum or Double-Platinum. Likewise, "Not Gonna Die" just earned Gold distinction, as found on the RIAA-Gold certified album “Rise.” 

The multi-Platinum-selling group closed out 2018 with over 1 billion streams worldwide. Skillet again claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard yearend Christian streaming songs artist chart – an honor they have held since the chart’s inception in 2014. The now-RIAA Gold-certified “Unleashed” placed No. 9 on Billboard’s 2018 yearend top Christian albums chart. The band's Double-Platinum track “Monster” topped the Christian streaming songs 2018 yearend chart, while also claiming the No. 7 and 8 spot with “Hero” and “Feel Invincible,” respectively. Skillet was No. 5 on the 2018 Top Christian albums artists yearend chart.

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