Born out of the discovery that their sound was very special, Skinny Cooks is a demonstration of amazing songwriting and performance virtuosity. Brianne Sargent and Nigel Newton first explored working together in mid-2011 when they met in Dallas and performed an impromptu headliner show, crafting three songs on the spot – leaving the audience wanting more.
Nigel later returned to Dallas after graduating from Berklee, hoping to establish an artistic career; he began collaborating with Brianne, a Dallas native who had returned to reconnect with her roots. Their work together is an undeniable artistic chemistry in an unlikely combination of vibraphone and cello. Influenced heavily by jazz, funk, rock, R&B, 20th century classical, and even gospel music, the duo has written more than 70 songs since their inception.
Since their first full band affair featuring Eric McFadden (P-Funk, Eric Bourdon), an exciting new buzz has been generated in both the Deep Ellum and online radio communities. In live performances, Skinny Cooks is showcased with a dynamic horn section and a consistently groovy, toe-tapping rhythm section. They played a monthly residency with the hip-hop duo 2w0 E1even, featuring Mic Most and Grammy Award-winning producer Jah Born.