LaForrest “La La” Cope, an adjunct English professor at York and Queens colleges, has written songs and produced music for such A-list entertainers as Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill and Christina Aguilera.
Now Cope has added novelist to her resume with the completion of her first book, “Soul Shaker.”
Her novel, though fictional, is based on true events, and focuses on issues facing women in the music industry.
“She is a master teacher, but independent of that, she is an enormous talent,” York College English professor Patricia Milanes said. “Her reading, her delivery, her prose which sings accompanied by a percussionist with just the right touch, it’s transformative.”
Cope’s novel focuses on the idea that the music industry objectifies women by telling the tale of the main character “Coco” trying to make it in the business.
“It is important to understand the path that this fictional character has to go through,” Cope said.