College Station native takes home second Grammy award

Published: Feb. 14, 2019 at 5:17 PM CST
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A woman from College Station has a big reason to celebrate this week: she took home a Grammy from Sunday night's award ceremony.

Sasha Cooke is in Barcelona right now working on another production, but she discussed the award over Skype with KBTX.

"I had sort of an appreciation for music and never really imagined I'd be doing it," said two-time Grammy award winner, Sasha Cooke.

Cooke has come a long way. She graduated from A&M Consolidated High School, then went on to Rice University, and finally attended the Julliard School.

"I was a really shy person," Cooke said. I got into a couple of musicals in high school, but I was always a little bit too shy to always sing out, be myself."

Then, Cooke discovered her voice.

"I once was in the studio with my mother-in-law, and [Sasha] started to sing," said Olga Cooke, Sasha's mother. "We heard her voice--we had never heard before--and we both started crying."

"That's when we realized that's what she was going to do," said Olga Cooke.

Parents Olga and Brett Cooke own copies of every single one of Sasha's performances. They say Sasha's love for the arts started at a young age.

"[Sasha] didn't experience opera as some little ants singing in Italian from a huge distance, but really from the front row,” Brett Cooke said.

The proud parents watched from home as their daughter’s cast walked away with a Grammy Sunday night for Best Opera Recording in "The Revolution of Steve Jobs."

"We were jumping up and down for joy," Olga Cooke said.

But this isn't the first time the mezzo soprano walked away a winner. Sasha Cooke won her first Grammy in 2011 in the same category.

"Surreal--it's crazy," Sasha Cooke said. "Never ever would I have imagined it."

And while winning a prestigious award is nice, the humble singer gives all of the credit to her cast mates.

Cooke couldn't be at the Grammy’s because of her work in Spain, but says she will be receiving her second Grammy trophy in the next couple of weeks.