Cookie Gamble, raised in Dorchester and also known as The Prophetic Lyricist, is an artist, vocalist, songwriter, poet, Educational and Creative Director, youth advocate, empowerment coach, and orator. As a songwriter, Cookie contributed to the soundtrack of The Seat Filler, for which she co-wrote two songs, “Follow Your Destiny” and “I Need A Love,” performed by Kelly Rowland in the movie.
As a singer, Cookie has toured with both Jessica Simpson and BabyFace and has appeared on The Ellen Show with Christina Aguilera, in guest appearances on BET, CBS and, FOX, and in the 2006 film DreamGirls. Cookie’s vocals can be heard on Christina Aguilera’s #1 album Back To Basics , on Patti Labelle’s Classic Moments, and featured on Micheal Bublé’s “That’s Life” under the direction of David Foster and Mervyn Warren. Cookie also studied acting under the great Ivana Chubbuck in California.
Building Community and Engaging Young People
After years of professional success, Cookie returned home to Boston from California to focus her efforts on her primary mission: “to utilize the gifts, skills, talents, knowledge and abilities that God has blessed her with to inspire the youth, strengthen communities and share the Gospel of Salvation.” Cookie’s passion for building and uplifting community in Boston, especially through engaging the city’s youth, led her to her long standing role as the Teen Director at the Flagship YMCA of Greater Boston, a Fenway Alliance member institution located on The Avenue of the Arts (Huntington Avenue). In this role, Cookie developed and facilitated programs that support teens with building healthy relationships, creative expression, life skills, civic engagement, social justice work, and career readiness.
Cookie has a long history of invaluable contributions to the work of The Fenway Alliance. In 2016 for the Alliance’s first NEA-funded intergenerational creators initiative, teens from Cookie’s YMCA programs traveled to the Susan Bailis Assisted Living Community for artistic projects. In 2019, Cookie, along with youth poets and singers she enlisted, performed at Opening Our Doors on the Huntington Theatre Stage. “I love Cookie’s spirit, talent, can-do attitude, and grace in mentoring young people,” says Fenway Alliance Executive Director Kelly Brilliant.
In addition to her Youth Director role, Cookie maintains her work across multiple industries, many of which also help engage Boston’s youth with creative expression. Since 2017, she has occupied one of the judges’ seats for the Poetry Out Loud competition and has also acted as a judge for the Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Competition. In her roles as an empowerment speaker and poet, Cookie has shared the stage with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Mayor Thomas Menino, Mayor Marty Walsh, and Bishop William Dickerson, Pastor of Greater Love Tabernacle Church in Dorchester Mass.
Cookie has a degree in business communications.
She enrolled in LeaderSchool under Apostle Matthew Stevenson out of Chicago in 2020 and recently graduated as a founding member.
Recently, Mrs. Cookie and her husband stepped out on faith during the pandemic to pursue and officiate their first Trademark Kingdom Essential Workers (apparel line and education services) and Kingdom Essential Workers LLC. out of Boston, Massachusetts.
Check out Cookies song Most High on Project Sidiooo (Produced by Eric Seats), available on all streaming platforms. Keep an out for new music and a plethora of creative and artistic projects coming from this innovator!