"He's one of those artists that is very tough to classify... With such a wide path of styles represented on "Heavy," Wesley Cook is one artist that doesn't fit neatly in a 4 + 4 box. Again, that's fine with him." - Chuck Dauphin, Billboard Magazine
"(Wesley Cook) may just be the 'Next Big Thing' " - Bret Love, Georgia Music Magazine
"Most importantly, they (the songs) help you feel these emotions when you can’t seem to explain it for yourself, which is the ultimate power that music has for all of us. If you’re looking for a perfect summer drive soundtrack, “Heavy” is the record for you." - Rosie Judd, Atlanta Music Guide
"Wesley Cook creates more than just acoustic songs on his third album, Heavy. He crafts stories with singable melodies that incorporate bits of light pop and reggae, horns, keyboards, a full electric rock band, and, occasionally, acoustic guitar-based numbers. - Gail Fountain, Performer Magazine
Interview -- Richard Eldredge, Atlanta Magazine
"Cook’s buttery voice guides us through six songs mostly themed around love. The songwriter embraces influences from Counting Crows styled indie rock to more somber moments. “Where We Want to Be” feels like a classic late-era Beatles ballad and is the high point of the EP" -- Nikki Hendrick, The Beachcomber
"Wesley Cook has a song for just about any season you might encounter. He can be gentle and intimate one moment and a crazed rocker the next. He also has a gift for language, which he uses to paint evocative pictures. He doesn’t just talk about emotions; he makes the listener experience them" - Robb Holmes, Program Manager WUGA 91.7 & 97.9 FM
"The lyrics tell the story of the search in so many people to find someone to have something meaningful with. It also happens to be insanely catchy. “It’s You” is the song that will put Wesley Cook on the map." - Paul Leslie, The Paul Leslie Hour
"Wesley Cook hooks audiences with strummy, summery sound" - Nat Fort, Red&Black Magazine, UGA (Live Show Review)
"Wesley Cook emerged from the infamous Athens, GA music scene with well-crafted acoustic rhythms. Brilliant melodies and hum a long hooks have lured fans to his energy filled live sets" - Nolen Reeves, Booking Smith's Olde Bar
"Damn it he's good!" - Xavier, WPPP Athens Rock 100.7 FM
"What Cook may lack in pure theory, however, he makes up for in soul. When listening to his new album We’ve Been Here Before, it’s difficult to tell he’s never formally studied the guitar. His hands deftly pluck out intricate melodies and rhythms. His often-understated music exhibits tenderness, sincere vulnerability and lyrical distinctiveness... in a genre that so often gives credence to half-baked, half-written drivel, Wesley Cook certainly raises the standard." - Gordon Lamb, Flagpole Magazine
"Wesley's one hell of a musician... he's got true talent, charisma, and a whole lot of soul" - Vita Underground
"Wesley Cook wants to take your on a journey" - Jamie Gottlieb, Red&Black Magazine, UGA
"He reminds me so much of the Paul Simon sound when he sings some of his songs. It’s just amazing feel good music with great energy. Don’t confuse that statement though, Wesley has his own unique sound... I think Wesley Cook will be a force to deal with very soon in Atlanta and beyond. I myself can’t wait to hit another show to dance the night away and giggle as he throws his sense of humor out to the crowd..." - Kimberly James, Bold Spicy News Live Show Review
"Wesley Cook is an up and coming, very talented singer/songwriter has just released his debut-cd... and it's a real keeper. A young man with lots of experience, and this allready shines through in his music. Eclectic melodies and inspiring, raw master guitar-playing-style..." Eder Blog, Sweden (Elbo.ws)
Metromix Atlanta: Atlanta Singer in Rolling Stone Magazine
Atlanta Music Guide: Atlanta's Nicest Musician in Rolling Stone Magazine
Athens Banner Herald: Wesley Cook goes from Street to Stage
"Upbeat positivity is a Wes constant, in his music and his attitude", said Rolling Stone Magazine of the blue-eyed songsmith. Georgia Music Magazine said that "(Wesley) may just be the next big thing" in a recent publication and he was recently dubbed “Best Atlanta Singer-Songwriter” of 2014 by Jezebel Magazine. Long before these accolades, Wesley Cook was raised in places like small villages in the former West Germany and a city in South Korea where he learned from an early age the many things that all people share beyond language and culture. “My passion in life is to speak the universal emotion of love through the universal language of music”. As a songwriter, listeners are sure to hear the familiar world and rhythmic influences of Dave Matthews, Paul Simon and Jason Mraz among others, although he captures a sound that is very much his own. "He's one of those artists that is very tough to classify… again, that's fine with him…." said Billboard.com. As a front man, his high-energy showmanship and down-to-earth charm makes it impossible for the crowd not to love him. Wesley has shared the stage with artists such as Zac Brown, Sublime, Rachel Platten, A Great Big World, Tonic, Santigold, Edwin McCain, Manchester Orchestra, Marc Broussard, Ben Rector, Angie Aparo, Drivin'n'Cryin and more.
In Wesley Cook's 3rd studio album Heavy, he combines the upbeat, positive message he's so loved for with a mature, gritty edge as this album deals with and is dedicated to the memory of his brother who took his own life in April 2012.
"This album is about hope, life and healing", says Cook "and about understanding that there will always be very hard things to go through but that you can make it out alright." Although two of the six songs on this album were written directly about the devastating experience of losing his brother, he approaches them with raw honesty and a familiar silver lining that says that life does go on and that it will get better if you want it to.
In addition to the heavier subject matter there are upbeat songs like "Heavy" which is about not letting material possessions control you, to be wary of the "rat race" and to find your own happiness in the simple things. "Give Me Something To Believe In" has a flavor of light-hearted social commentary and "Up The Wall" is a romantic, sexy song about the magic of new attraction.
The single of the album "It's You" was written based on a 3 second observation at an airport. A man and woman of similar age walk past each other and each turns around to check out the other but neither catches the other doing it. A missed opportunity for a life-changing, chance meeting? Out came this song about how cosmic true love can be and the soul's hunger to find it.
He’s also been very active in philanthropy by playing for foundations like The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American Cancer Society and many smaller organizations around the US. Mental health, Autism and cancer being two of the more personal causes that have effected his life directly.