DJ Cookie (Troy Cooke) has been a turntablist/DJ in Knoxville, TN since July 7, 2007 and is exclusive to Christian music only. Christian music hasn’t always been in his life though. He didn’t go to church growing up and it wasn’t until 2000 that he started actively seeking Christ. Finally, in 2005, he was introduced to Christian music. His flesh however wanted to hold on to what he found in the world, but the more and more he listened to Christian music, the more encouraged and strengthened he was to live for Christ. The joy that Christian music gave DJ Cookie was more than enough to completely abandon secular music and find his ministry in becoming a Christian DJ.
Music in and of itself does not affect a person’s salvation. If someone listens to Christian music, does it mean they are a Christian? Or if someone doesn’t listen to Christian music only, does it mean they are not a Christian? Should a Christian listen to Christian music only? For DJ Cookie, the answer was yes, not out of requirement, but of conviction. Christians should try to become more like Christ and less like the world each day. 1 Corinthians 6:12 says, “Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is helpful. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be brought under the control of anything.” So it definitely is permissible to listen to secular music, but what one has to ask themselves is, “Is what I’m listening to helpful? Is it building me up? Most importantly, is it glorifying God?”
This is what DJ Cookie asked himself and this is why he plays Christian music today because his main desire is to glorify God in everything he does. His prayer is for even just one person to come to know Christ because they happened to hear a song with a lyric that stuck, or they thought, “Wow, I didn’t know Christian music sounded this good;” so they research more Christian artists and a seed gets planted.
DJ Cookie has performed in Knoxville, TN for Manafest, Fireflight, Charlie Hall, Disciple, the Outta Space Love Tour (Group 1 Crew, Shonlock, Rachel Lampa, Rapture Ruckus, Ryan Stevenson), and Casting Crowns in Chattanooga, TN. To see what DJ Cookie is all about, you may go to iTunes and download podcasts of THE ASSORTED FLAVAS SHOW, or of course have him out to one of your events! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.djcookie.net and fill out the event form!
DJ Cookie is a member of the ONE ACCORD DEEJAY ALLIANCE and HIGHER GROUND RECORD POOL.