|Alicia and I were married in 1996. We both are from Northeast,
Mississippi. Alicia is an awesome wife and mother, but she's got
many surprises beyond her domestic skills. She has an angelic
singing voice, has great pitch and hears parts about as good as
anyone. We actually recorded a prayer and meditation Cd
In a nut shell, I was raised in a ministers home. Church was our life
and I started playing around on guitar at age 7 and writing songs at 12.
I started a Rock Christian Band called "Heart and Soul" in high school
and that pretty much launched a life of ministry. Sorry, no "Heart and
Soul" pictures. I thought, I'd spare you the mullet.
In 1988, I met Lindell Cooley in Red Bay, Al. At the time I was
playing in a secular rock band called "Radio Tokyo" of Muscle
Shoals, Al. Lindell had me play at his church one Sunday and the rest
is history. We became very good friends and his father, Pastor Gene
Cooley, put me on staff and let me stay in the basement of the church,
where I lived for 7 years. After Lindell moved on, I became the music
pastor of Calvary Temple. There, I did two recordings: "The
Shepherd's Field," and "Month of Sunday's." The song, "One God"
off the "Month of Sundays" release made it into the Country Christian
charts and it's just interesting that the recording was originally re-
leased by the title, "Tony Hooper and the Mississippi Mudcats."
The music has carried us all around the world. One missions trip with
Christian Rocker, Rick Cua, produced a life-long friend and mentor.
Rick, graciously let me join the band and I'm still traveling about with
him today. We recorded two Cd's together: "Like a Cool Drink" and
"Won't Fade Away." Cross Peace Music, my publishing company,
was born sometime during all this and thanks to Rick Cua, Emi
Christian Music Group bought over 300 of my songs and signed me
as a writer for almost 3 years. Mentoring others and being mentored is
what it's all about.
In 1997, we moved to Winfield, Al., where we served as music
ministers with Pastors Harry and Sandra Saylor at Faith Fellowship
Church. We recorded two projects there: "737," and a live one called
"Run with the Horses." After five years in Winfield, we helped plant
a church in Atlanta, Ga., called "Life Church."
In 2003, we received a call from long time friend Lindell Cooley to
come and assist him at Brownsville Assembly of God. We were at
Brownsville for 3 years serving as Music Director of the schools of
ministry, BRSM and BMTC, as well as one of the staff co-pastors. At
Brownsville we produced over 20 Cd's and two of our own: "Worship
Rising" and "Purity."
Currently, we are back in Winfield, Al., on staff at Faith Fellowship
again, but find ourselves traveling about the region and all over the
world doing what we love to do. More songs to write, more students
to teach, more records, and more ministry, Praise God!!!
|Avery Claire Hooper is 9
months old and the latest in
the Hooper Family Band! She's
already singing. No, Really!
Madison and Olivia start
singing Hanna Montana songs
and Avery chimes right in. It's
|Madison and Olivia at the
|Here I am recently in China on the great wall
lifting up worship for the tourist!
I'm proudly sporting my Avalon acoustic
guitar. If you're interested in owning one, you
should contact me about pricing. They're
|Here I am with my Cole Clark
Angel in Jerusalem. This is my
newest guitar and I'm very
impressed with it. If you're
interested, email me for a great