Karon and Sharon Cooke are two refreshing voices that continue to emerge as a dynamic musical duo. With the release of their sophomore album, "Listen Baby" they surely do not disappoint. This CD demonstrates there ability to write candidly on subjects with a commercial appeal. The Cooke sister's sultry, yet commanding delivery will grab the attention of listeners, while the lyrics drive a message into their hearts. "Listen Baby" ventures beyond inspirational gospel. It is an R&B album that reveals some of Karon and Sharon's musical influences. This CD continues to showcase their vocal ability, harmony, and soul; however, the ladies emerge as lyricist. "Songs use to be more about the lyrics. Today technology has allowed artist to showcase music that does not always require a lot of lyrics. That is great, because there are many songs we love the moment we hear the beat, or the effects. For this record, we focused on what we have always been able to do, write lyrics." Karon & Sharon have been influenced by greats such as Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and Sam Cooke. The title track "Listen Baby" samples Marvin Gaye's opening line in Ain't No Mountain High Enough. Dance With Me, Soul Survivor, and Don't Be Afraid, three songs on the album convey the influence of Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. "We listened to several tracks and were immediately drawn to four tracks in particular which sampled our favorite artist." The final tracks for the album were chosen in April 2009. "We met a new producer while working on other material in the studio. He played some of his music for us. The music was cutting edge and exciting." Sharon heard a sample of music from the Jackson's Can You Feel It; this track became Dance With Me. Another track sampled Michael Jackson's voice on a run using the letter and word, I. That song became, Soul Survivor. "Michael is truly a soul survivor. These songs are invaluable to us. We wrote them a couple of months before Michael's passing. He will forever be remembered in our hearts and minds" Karon produced and arranged the music for Friends and Alright. "Friends is a song that is special because it promotes positive relationships among all people. People can overcome differences a maintain friendships." The CD culminates with Alright, an inspirational track that follows the song Don't Be Afraid. Both songs reveal the Cooke sister's love of gospel and inspirational music. The CD has taken over two years to write and record. Karon and Sharon chose twelve songs out of the sixteen they recorded. This album will be a refreshing and original work to the music industry. Both ladies are educators. Sharon is a high school teacher and professor of English. Karon is a professor of English and a doctoral student. They both have obtained master's degrees in English Education. "At the insistence of our mother we have always pursued higher education. Our parents instilled in us the importance of an education. Our father made sure we took piano lesson, and from there our love of music blossomed.