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The Gift of Words & Music

This amazing album is the first ever CD featuring motivational quotes by New York Times best selling authors such as Jack Canfield “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and many others featured in the best selling book & DVD “The Secret”. This album features an outstanding vocal performance by world renowned artist/performer Thomas Cook, accompanied by legendary pianist Marvin Goldstein. Featuring Best Selling Authors:

Lisa Nichols
Dr. John Gray
Roger Hamilton
Jim Bunch
Stewart Emery
Joan Emery
Jack Canfield
Janet Attwood
Jim White
Alex Mandossian
Marci Shimoff
Marcia Martin
Lynne Twist
John Carpenter Dealey


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A Message from Thomas Cook

It has always been my dream to give back to the world music that would touch the hearts of many. In 2007, I was honored to be invited to the Transformational Leadership Council (TLC) Conference. I was introduced to the TLC members, consisting of the world’s greatest motivational authors and speakers.

It was then I shared with them my idea to produce an album combining for the first time the words of the motivational authors and my music. Inspired by their greatest quotes, I proposed the world’s first great motivational album.

Almost one year later, the dream has come to reality. It was my honor to work together with one of the all-time great pianists, Mr. Marvin Goldstein. During our time together creating this album, I would listen to the quotes and then sing a song to Marvin, and behold, the songs came to life. Marvin’s gift and talent was to be able to put the spirit of my words and melodies into the piano, and together we made some magic.

Special thanks to Nicole Wild and Linda Peterson. Without their support and friendship, this dream could never have come true. I thank you both for your love and kindness.

Join us for an unbelievable adventure through music and words, meant to inspire you every morning, noon and night to know your true gift is within you. Thank you, all of you, who helped, created, and financed The Gift of Words and Music, making this album a reality. May our journeys take us to many places … may our paths cross … and may you always remember you are loved!
– Thomas Cook


Transformational Leadership Council (TLC) Conference

The Transformational Leadership Council was founded by Jack Canfield in 2004. Members of TLC are leaders in their field, and are composed of CEOs, trainers, facilitators, thought leaders, authors, movie producers and directors, and coaches from the transformational training industry. Members deliver their work in the world through workshops, trainings, seminars, books, films, speaking engagements, coaching sessions, TV and radio shows, and special events.



Thomas W. Cook

Thomas Cook is the consummate entertainer, singer, songwriter, recording artist and performer.

Thomas has distinguished his career by performing for many charitable causes. He was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America, and has been honored by President Ronald Reagan and members of Congress, The American Heart Association, and many more. Most recently Thomas was honored with the President George W. Bush’s Presidential Service Award – the highest volunteer award in the country. The award recognizes Thomas’s life-long commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

He has produced, directed and performed for national fundraising concerts for the Salvation Army, Cystic Fibrosis, The American Red Cross, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Race Against Drugs Campaign. He has traveled the world with the cast of “Up With People” as well as composing original music for Olympic figure skating medalist Peter and Kitty Caruthers.

He has performed in Mexico and the United States with legendary singing star Englebert Humperdink, co-hosted “Avenue of the Stars” with Vanna White, and performed original compositions before His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and former U.S. Presidents George Bush and Jimmy Carter. He appeared for Larry King Live, The Ambassador’s Ball at the Breakers Hotel Palm Beach; H.E. John Cardinal O’Connor in New York, The Miami City Ballet just to mention a few. At the Kennedy Center in 2007 he was Chairman of the Awesomely Bad Ball (featuring Thomas Cook with a command performance).

Thomas is also proud to mention he is a descendant of one of the world’s greatest authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Marvin Goldstein

Marvin Goldstein Arranger and entertainer began musical training at age 9. When he was 18 years old Marvin was awarded a music scholarship to Tel Aviv University School of Music, Tel Aviv, Israel. His studies continued at the famed “Mozarteum” of Salzburg, Austria. He completed a Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

His performance degrees were earned on the French Horn. Marvin has many honors to his credit including being listed in Who’s Who in Music in Europe, Cambridge, England. He has also been awarded the Listeners Choice Award from the LDS Booksellers Association as the favorite instrumentalist four years. Additionally, Marvin is a National Keyboard Artist with the Kawai America Corporation. Marvin is currently working with President George W. Bush and his staff on a musical peace concert at the White House for Middle East peace with Israeli and Palestinian singers.



Thomas W. Cook

We’ve Come Far
Thomas W. Cook specializes in public relations, corporate alliances, strategic partnerships, sponsorships and celebrity recruitment. His extensive background in entertainment production and his network of celebrity and V.I.P. contacts brings a unique dimension to special events and cause related marketing campaigns.
» Thomas Cook & Associates

Lisa Nichols

Sing My Song
Lisa Nichols is the co-author of the best selling book, Chicken Soup for the African American Soul, and the CEO of Motivating the Teen Spirit, an organization dedicated to training and motivating teenagers.  Lisa is one of the featured teachers in the movie and book, The Secret. 

Dr. John Gray

One Rose
John Gray is the author of 15 best-selling books, including Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the number one best-selling relationship book of the last decade. He is a featured teacher in the movie and book, The Secret. 

Roger Hamilton

The Promise
Roger Hamilton is Asia’s leading wealth consultant and the creator of the Wealth Dynamics Weekend.  Roger is the author of the international bestseller, Wink and Grow Rich. 

Jim Bunch

About Me
Jim Bunch is the founder of Happy Healthy Wealthy Enterprises and the creator of the Happy Healthy Wealthy Game.  He is a widely respected coach, speaker and seminar leader.  Jim is featured in the motion picture, Pass It On. 

Stewart Emery

Everybody Needs a Home
Stewart Emery is the co-author of the best selling books, Success Built to Last, You Don’t Have to Rehearse to be Yourself, and The Owner’s Manual For Your Life.  He is the CEO of Belvedere Consultants and is a visiting professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Management.

Joan Emery

Joan Emery is Vice President of Belvedere Consultants working primarily with key executives and senior management teams of growing companies. She is a sought-after seminar leader in the areas of organizational change and leadership.

Jack Canfield

Have It All
Jack Canfield is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series, and author of the New York Times best seller, The Success Principles – How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Jack is one of the featured teachers in the book and movie, The Secret. 

Janet Attwood

Morning Noon and Night
Janet Attwood is the co-founder of the #1 online transformational magazine in the world, Healthy, Wealthy n Wise. Janet is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Destiny.

Jim White

Live your Truth
Dr. Jim White is the author of the best selling book, What’s My Purpose? – A Journey of Personal and Professional Growth, and is the creator of The Circle of Success, a leadership transformation process.

Alex Mandossian

Open Your Eyes
Alex Mandossian teaches and trains entrepreneurial CEOs, Thought Leaders and independent professionals how to accelerate the growth of their business via Teleseminars. He is the CEO of Heritage House Publishing, Inc. which is a boutique electronic marketing and publishing company that “repurposes” written and spoken educational content for worldwide distribution.

Marci Shimoff

Marci Shimoff is the best selling author of six titles of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series, and has just authored, Happy for No Reason: Seven Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out.  Marci is one of the featured teachers in the book and movie, The Secret.

Marcia Martin

I’ll Miss You
Marcia Martin was one of the early pioneers and founders of the Human Potential Movement. She is a world-renowned speaker and trainer in leadership and communication, and is the Vice President of the Transformational Leadership Council.

Lynne Twist

Fullness of Life
Lynne Twist is the Founder and President of The Soul of Money Institute, and the New York Times best seeing author of The Soul of Money. She is the co-founder of The Pachamama Alliance, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability and human social justice.

John Carpenter Dealey

John Dealey started his first business at age nine, joined his first Master-Mind group in 1972, and was a “self-made millionaire” before he turned 27. He spends his life training and coaching people to accomplish their dreams. 



I have been blessed to meet the following individuals on a personal or professional level. They have inspired my belief that if you dare to dream and believe, you shall achieve all you wish for. Thanks for your inspiration … may we meet again.
– Thomas Cook


Special Thanks

My Family—The Cook Family To my wonderful mother, Eulalia Jane Walsh Cook. To each and every one of my sisters and brother, Lisa, Lynn, Laurie, Leslie and James, to my in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, my late grandparents and to my loving Grandma Martha Ware.
Dr. Catherine C. Smith and Family Thank you for your kindness, friendship, and always believing in my dreams. Thanks for our journey. Without your support this dream would never have come true. Your true friend.
Power Behind the Passion, LLC Thomas Cook, Nicole Wild, Linda Peterson, Vicki Hinz, and Chris Vasallo. You have always made me feel loved and embraced. You’re amazing and we are “ONE.”
Todd McCabe and Family Thank you for your generous help during the recording of the album.
This album is dedicated in loving memory to my late father, Trueman Winslow Cook 443.

The following individuals I have been blessed to call my friends. They have inspired my beliefs that if you dare to dream and believe you shall achieve all you wish for. Till we meet again
Nicole Wild, Linda Peterson, Vicki Hinz, and Chris Vasallo. You have always made me feel loved and embraced. You’re amazing and we are “ONE”.
Ellen, Gingy, Dory Chris, Jack, and Russell – No words could ever tell you how much I love you all
Ms. Patricia, Ms. Lupita, Ms. Claudia, Ms. Mia and Mr. Simon Molina, Bob and Family – Thank you for letting me be apart of such an amazing family
Andre and David – Thank you so much for your true friendship and always being there for me when I needed you. You make those around smile and embrace life. You win my Oscar for everything as a friend. Let’s paint tomorrow…see you there!
Victoria McMahn, Catherine, Linda and Family – Thank you for being such wonderful friends and always believing in me
Mark L Thank you for all the memories and fun times
Kara High Set 5 Talent – Thank you for believing in me
Judy Whittlesey – Thank you for being so kind and loving. You’re amazing
Batya Brykman – I am the Chair and you my friend have always made me safe and warm. Thank you for our true friendship
Patty Cummings – You are a wonder to us all. You are the true Forum xooxo
Jimmy Erickson and Family – Thank you for being such a great part of our lives. May your star be yours
Father Robert Robins – You have always inspired me for your love. You always give to others. Thank you for your friendship
Marvin Goldstein and wife Lenae, son Nicholas – I thank you for opening your home hearts and spirits during the writing of this album. You were truly inspirational
Jeff Bowen – Thank you for gift in Music and love my sweet friend
Dolf Roell and Family – To my oldest and best friend thanks for our childhood memories
Mike Statler – I am proud to call you my brother
Ex Sigma Chi Fraternity – Dick Hester Joseph Gwin, Jim Cota, Mike Sttler, Jeff Bowen, Jim Cota, Jamal Alramahi, my little brother and to all of the founding members and brothers at ISU In Hoc
Mara G.D – Thank you for being apart of living and dreaming
Susan Davis, Vivian, and family – Thank you for your love and always being proud of whom I am. You’re a true inspiration
Susan Davis International and all interns – Thank you to each and every one of you whom I was blessed to work with and know
Allison ASY AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU – “I Support you” and all you do and thank you for our friendship
John Fistolera – You are a true and great friend and I thank you for everything
Max P – Intern #1. You dared to dream and let yourself fly. Thanks to a great friend
Russell – Thank you for your friendship, Mr. President
Robi and Julie Moran – May you and your family both be blessed with everything
Tamra and Ken Bentsen and family – Thank you for always making me feel special
Arlene Jaffee, Moira, Steven and Family – Thank you for our sunset’s thank you for your love and thank you for being you. “Sleep when you are Dead”
Janet and Chris Attwood – Thank you for your love and your introduction to all of this. You’re wonderful. God Bless
Transformational Leadership Council – How do I ever thank all of you for all you do for others and how each day you make a difference to inspire us all. You are amazing
Barry S – Thank you for your inspiration, creative mind and true friendship
Pamela H – Thanks for the memories and times we have shared Happy BDAY
Julie C – Thank you for being such a great friend and I’m so happy you found your dream. Hope to see you living in the big house one day in DC
You rock my friend
Jeff and Sean – You are both a true inspiration of what love and happiness is. Thank you for giving it back to all you meet. May we sail around the world and find our dreams
John – Thank you for being apart of the greatest Bank in the world Bank of America Premier Banking
Rosario and Laura – Thank you for all your love and kindness may God Bless you and your family
Erik Bottcher – Thank you my friend for always being kind – “A home for all”
Brandon – You and your family make the Irish proud you’re all amazing
Brazil Bob Sled – You inspire us all to believe in our dreams. Love you. Erick and Lisa
Anita and Brian May Rosenstein – Thank you for always showing love and kindness to all you meet. You are God’s gift to the world
Daniel Jung – Thank you Mr. Berlin for never giving up. You’re a true friend
Alvaro Domingo – Thank you for being a great friend and giving the gift of music and the arts to all
Drew Moore – Thank you for your true friendship. May we camp and fiddle on the roof one day again
George and Jimmy – Your love friendship and gift to the world is amazing and you loved by all “what a dance we have had”
Tim Kimber and Family – You always said to “Go for the Gold” and you, Mr. Gold are a true friend
Sam Brett and the girls – You’re loved and thought of so very often. Thank you Sam for being my true friend and letting me be your man of honor
Louise G – To my Playmate queen – You are one of a kind and really loved
Debra W- American Airlines – Thank you for our travels and journey’s together. You are so loved
Jill Schwartz during your time with American idol you were such a great help to so many folks. Your kindness and friendship means the world to me. You’re the greatest
Richard F LA – Thank you my friend for always caring about others and being you and letting me share such a great friend. We Love you David
Up With People – Thank you for being the beginning of my journey to travel the world and to make a difference with each day “We are many we are one”
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial – Mrs. Ethel Kennedy and staff thank you for letting me help being a small part of your amazing gift to the world
Acapulco Friends – I thank you all for everything, Tony R and family, Veronica A , Judy Knapp, Errol Rappoport, Karin Aleman

Thanks to all those who participated in The Gift of Words and Music live recorded interviews:

Raymond Aaron
Janet Attwood
Chris Attwood
Nicole Brandon
Dallyce Brisbin
Lee Brower
David Buck
Jim Bunch
Jack Canfield
DC Cordova
Keith Cunningham
Zen De Brucke
John Carpenter Dealey
Bobbi DePorter
David Ellis

Stewart Emery
Joan Emery
Roxanne Emmerson
Lance Freeman
Dr. John Gray
Roger Hamilton
Bill Harris
Fred Johnson
Stephen Josephs
Morty Lefkoe
Dr. Janelle DC Lise
Jeddah Mali
Alex Mandossian
Howard Martin
Marcia Martin
Ivan R. Misner
Dr. Sue Morter
Scott de Moulin
Lisa Nichols
John Perkins
Dr. Sonia Powers
Freddie Ravel
James Ray
Deborah Rozman,Ph.D.
Marci Shimoff
Terry Tillman
Lynne Twist
Jim White


Executive Producer: Thomas Cook
Produced by: Marvin Goldstein
Co-Produced by: Sam Payne
Piano Arrangements by: Marvin Goldstein
Additional Arranging by: Vince Frates
Production Assistant: Nicholas Goldstein
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by:Ryan Boud at Soularium
Quotes Recorded by: Rudy Joffroy, CDI Productions

Lead Vocals: Thomas Cook
Background Vocals: Tanya Barkdull, Jen Marco Handy,Rebecca Lopez, Marvin Payne, Sam Payne
Guitars Michael Dowdle, Sam Payne
Bass Rob Honey, Michael Dowdle
Drums Todd Sorensen
Album Design Barry Hansen, Hansen Creative
Soularium Recording Studios Dan Carlisle