Cookie and the Real Deal! Is a high energy dance band that will keep the floor packed and moving the entire night. One of the Funkiest R&B cover bands in the state-line area
Price Range: $700. to $2000.
What to Expect
Cookie and the Real Deal! Is a high energy dance band that will keep the floor packed and moving the entire night. One of the Funkiest R&B cover bands in the state-line area.
Lead Vocals and Background, Da’Quela Payne, known as Cookie, a former American Idol contestant. Her strong, soulful vocals will leave you wanting more at the end of the night.
On Bass, Terry Bowdry, a funky bass player that stays in the pocket and keeps the groove flowing.
On Keys, Maurice Pruitt, A dynamite keyboardist whose solo lines and funky rhythms adds to the sweet sounds of the band.
Our Drummer, Noddy Bowdry, stays in the pocket with the funkiest beat in the state line.
On Guitar, Mike Youngblood, can get down with the best, when he works his magic you will just love his funky groove.
We put our heart and soul in each song we play, which will vary from Brickhouse, Sweet Home Alabama to I Will Always Love you. We play for love of Funk and for the love of our fans. The stage is our platform for adventure.
Are you ready for the Party of a Lifetime? Cookie and the Real Deal is your only solution to keep your guest dancing all night long! We are perfect for any event, including corporate events, casinos, weddings, festivals, theme parks, private parties or your favorite bar/club
Maurice Pruitt on Keys:
Maurice Pruitt, Keyboardist, songwriter, and produce with 32 years experience. His hometown is Freeport, IL, he's now living in Rockford, IL. In 1988 he wrote and produced two songs (Be All Mine & Dreams of Love) for Tabu/CBS records, recording artist Mark Anthony - Jumpin' off. Played keyboards tracks on the album and was the keyboardist in video released for albums single "1919 Main Street" featured on VH-1 and BET television networks.
Also Keyboardist in Minneapolis based funk band "New Generation Band" during the mid-80's and played popular venues such as 1st Ave, featured in Purple Rain movie by Prince. New Generation Band was featured in several music festivals in the Minneapolis area. The band also played in several venues throughout Minneapolis/Saint Paul and played in the Minnesota Black Music Awards show for Andre' Cymone female band "The Girls"
Keyboardist in local are bands: Freeport, IL based funk band (Saffire Band) who open for Roger & Zapp in 1985; Rockford, IL based funk band (Big Daddy Woo Woo) that played in surrounding venues throughout Northern IL, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Terry Bowdry, on bass:
I started playing when I was 15 after seeing the neighborhood band, then at 16 I joined a gospel group called The Spiritual 6 and still played in my other band when we were not playing. My band played at the Teen Centers and High School. We later started playing in Bars in the area. I later played with Manual Seal who's a Grammy winner from Freeport Il. and was once a member of The Spiritual 6. I also played with a band in the early to late 90's for fun and we did Tutty Baker Days and talent shows. I played with the Spiritual 6 for about 27 years before we finally decide to break up. Wasn't doing much so I decide to work on my own music and stay at home a take a break from playing, then after about 8 years got the urge to play again and join Big Daddy Woo Woo in late 2000 and played with them for 15 years and have decided to leave them and pursue a new interest in 2016!
Cookie, Lead Vocals:
Da’Quela “Cookie “ Payne hails from Milwaukee, WI by way of Beloit, WI. She has been singing ever since the first time she picked up a microphone at the age of 3. From that age on she knew that she had a gift, and she has made it her mission to share it with everyone she can.
Cookie performed in every school choir and solo-ensemble competition she was eligible for which garnered her an impressive 35 medals and awards. Have you ever met someone that could sing the telephone book and make it sound amazing? If not she is it. She is an accomplished classical singer who sings in 5 different languages. She is well versed in several different genres from Gospel to R&B and everything in between.
Cookie majored in music at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and in 2007 she was encouraged by her mother to take her talents to the big stage. Cookie auditioned for a reality singing competition called “Gifted” 16,000 contestants,8 finalists, and 3 judges later, she went on to be crowned the most gifted Christian singer in America. This victory earned her a major recording contract with EMI Gospel. In 2008 she released her first album entitled “Blue Sky” and was featured on the “Gifted” television show compilation CD.
Fast forward to 2011 Cookie decided to try her hand at reality television again. She auditioned for American Idol when they held auditions in Milwaukee, WI. She went on to advance all the way to Hollywood where she made the top 100.
She later joined the band Big Daddy Woo Woo where she entertained and toured the Midwest for 3 three years. Cookie is extremely excited to be embarking on this new journey with her former band mates. Cookie and The Real Deal is exactly what the name says The Real Deal! Get ready to be entertained, the experience is sure to be memorable.
Edwin “Noddy” Bowdry, on drums:
Noddy started playing the drums after watching his brother Terry Bowdry play the bass, in local bands. Noddy started his own band with a friend, but wasn’t able to get enough members. So he continued to work on his drumming skills. When Terry lost a drummer in the band he was currently in, Noddy started to play along side his brother. They played at local talent shows, high schools, the teen centers and different bars. During the 80’s Noddy did some recording at Radex Studio’s in Freeport, IL. He was a member of Spiritual 6 and played at several different churches in ILL, Wisc, St Louis and Mississippi. He also played with Manual Seal, who was known for writing songs, such Just Kickin it. Manual is a Grammy Award winner, who is formerly from Freeport, IL. Noddy played in the Beloit group, call Propa Intro, he was also a member of a punk rock group formed in Freeport by Terry Mylam. He later, joined the band Big Daddy Woo Woo and played side by side with his Brother Terry Bowdry again, for 3 years. While playing with Big Daddy Woo Woo, they performed at several different venues including the Rami Awards held in Rockford, IL. His job forced him to leave the group. Now he is back! And playing along side his brother again, with Cookie and The Real Deal! Playing the music that he loves. And he is very excited to give the public what they are looking to hear and dance to.
|Da'Quela Payne||Lead singer|
|Terry Bowdry||Bass and Background Vocals|
|Marice Pruitt||Keys and Background Vocals|
|Mike Youngblood||lead guitar and background vocals|
Influences & Inspiration
Bruno Mars, Whitney Houston, Gap Band, Prince, The Time, Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Smith.