Cockman Family Bluegrass Gospel Group
PO Box 63
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
Contact: John Cockman, Sr.
828-478-4306 or 828-244-0198
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Since launching their performing career in February of 1988, the Cockman Family has developed the classic family harmonies and youthful flair that is the Cockman Family trademark. Their unique bluegrass gospel style, original songs and original arrangements of the old gospel songs have been immensely popular with their audiences. This group's family ties are strong and the warmth of that is conveyed in their performances.
UNC-TV has featured The Cockman Family on seven one-hour "The Arthur Smith Show: Now & Then" public television specials, "Carolina Christmas," and "George Beverly Shea & Friends." The Cockman Family also starred in an hour-long holiday program entitled "A Cockman Family Christmas: Maker of the Stars." The holiday program was included on the national programming of the American Public Television.
The family performed many shows during three summers at Opryland and Dollywood. The Cockman Family was awarded the 2011 North Carolina Community Traditions Award, given by the North Carolina Folklore Society. This award recognizes contributions and appreciation of State folk life.
The North Carolina Arts Council chose the Cockman Family for inclusion in its selective North Carolina Touring and Resident Artist Directory. They were also featured as one of the premiere artist showcase groups at the ArtsMarket sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council.
USA Today Weekend and American Greetings Cards named The Cockman Family one of "The 12 Most Creative Families in America." The Cockman Family was awarded the 2011 Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year by Southern Branch Bluegrass Radio.
The Cockman Family hosts the Murray's Mill Harvest Bluegrass Festival in Catawba. In 2013 they hosted the first annual bluegrass festival in Catawba County, provided by a grant awarded to them, for the festival promotion, by the Catawba County Arts Council.
The newest album, "Dedicated," includes original and traditional gospel music.
John Cockman, Sr.
John is the father and the guitar player of the Cockman Family. He is also the MC of the group. His responsibilities include radio and television promotions, scheduling and advertising. John, Sr. and wife Jane are the proud parents of the group which now consists of twelve beautiful grandchildren. Jane teaches piano at home. She teaches the grandchildren piano as well. John, Sr. recently retired from public education after teaching Furniture & Cabinetmaking for 34 years.
Caroline Cockman Fisher
Caroline is the lead singer for the group. She also shares harmony parts with her brothers. She is an avid song writer. Seventeen of her original songs have been recorded by the family, four of which were released as singles to radio. Caroline and her husband Kelly have two children, Samuel and Lydia. Caroline taught third grade before having Samuel and Lydia, and believes that being a stay at home mom is best for her family. Caroline has been selected as Female Vocalist of the Year and also Songwriter of the Year for PowerGrass Internet Radio. Caroline is also a vocal teacher.
Dr. John Cockman, Jr.
John, Jr. sings bass and plays the fiddle in the group. His unique style of vocal arrangement has helped to strengthen the Cockman Family's sound. Eleven of his original songs have been recorded by the family, four of which have been released as singles to radio. John teaches fiddle online at www.bluegrassdaddy.com, and also a free fiddle workshop in Blowing Rock, NC each Tuesday evening during the summer to some fifty children and others. John teaches physics at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He has developed our web site, www.cockmanfamily.com. John and his wife Jennifer have three daughters, Arwen, Lorien, and Morgen. The oldest daughters go by the "Butterpats." They have produced three full length albums. The Butterpats have won the Yodeling Duo and the Youth Harmony awards at the Western Music Association in Albuquerque, NM.
Billy Cockman won the 2013-2014, National Banjo Championship in Winfield, KS. In addition, he won the 2009 North Carolina State banjo championship and the 2010 South Carolina State banjo championship. Billy sings lead and tenor and plays the banjo and guitar for the group, and also writes for the family. Billy is a licensed contractor and an engineer in a local furniture industry. Billy also teaches banjo. He and his wife Jamie have two children, Jeremiah and Emma.
David is the bass fiddler and sings baritone for the group. He helps with the emcee work and provides lots of humor for live performances. David is a manager at a local furniture industry. He and his wife Jessie have three children, Joseph, Noah, and Sophie.
Ben Cockman is the guitar and mandolin picker of the family. His special style of picking adds versatility and depth to the instrumentation. He won the 2014-2015 National Guitar Flat Pick Championship in Winfield, KS. He also won the 2012 South Carolina State and West Virginia State Flat Pick Guitar championships, the 2012 Merlefest Flat Pick guitar championship, the 2012 Wayne Henderson Bluegrass Festival Guitar Championship and the 2012 Ossipee Music Festival's New England Guitar Championship. Ben teaches guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro and bass full time. Ben's wife, Melissa, plays a big part in the family as a professional photographer. Her website is www.melissacockmanphotography.com. Ben and Melissa have two beautiful daughters, Madeline and Lily.