Jennifer Denise "Gin" Cooley is a psychotherapist, musician, former professional international high fashion model, international film festival winner, creative virtuoso, and outdoors enthusiast. Cooley has appeared in several popular music videos, including cameos for Casey James’ “Let's Don't Call it a Night” Rodney Atkins’ “Take a Back Road,”; Joe Nichols’ “Take It Off”; Jason Aldean's "Take a Little Ride" and landed the lead role for Lady Antebellum’s hit song “Wanted You More.”
"Pocket Full of Hope" is a musical short for a song that Gin composed and produced herself with the most nominal, obsolete equipment in rural West Tennessee. It is directed by indie film maker Jeff Wyatt Wilson and was an Official Selection and "Royal Reel Award" winner at the 2013 Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Gin plays herself in the video. "Pocket Full of Hope" also screened as an Official Selection at the 2013 Memphis International Film and Music Festival at Purple Haze on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
"Oval Room" a musical short which Cooley co-directed with Jeff Wyatt Wilson, world premiered at the 2015 Mykonos Biennale on July 4 in Mykonos, Greece . Gin recorded and produced the song herself with "yard sale electronics" in rural West Tennessee. She plays herself in the video. "Oval Room"'s Canadian premier was held on September 10 at the 2015 Toronto Independent Film Festival at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto, Canada. The U.S. premiere of "Oval Room" took place at the Harlem International Film Festival on September 12, 2015 at the Maysles Cinema in New York, New York. Oval Room screened at the San Pedro International Film Festival on October 11, 2015 in San Pedro, Los Angeles at the legendary Warner Grand Theatre. In February 2016, "Oval Room" was an Official Selection in the Honorable Mentioned category at the 11th Annual Socal Film Festival in Huntington Beach, California.
Gin was born and raised in North West TN and reared up in a southern baptist church where she fell in love with singing and performing. She was greatly influenced by her grandmother, a 2nd soprano southern gospel singer as well as her mother and brother who are both classically trained pianists. The first TV appearance Gin made was on a local station with her grandfather during his election campaign. She was a 7 year old tom boy and ball player. Right before the commercial was shot she missed a pop fly and made her television debut with a big cut above her right eye and a fresh set of stitches. At age 14 she realized she was built for the runway. At 16 she was invited to attend a modeling competition held in Memphis, TN called Pro-scout despite having a broken elbow and a full cast on the entire length of her left arm. She received more callbacks that day than anyone in the history of the event. After getting over 35 callbacks from agencies across North America, she signed with BMG Chicago. BMG informed her that her look was too commercial to work in the high fashion European market. Two months later she dropped BMG and signed with industry expert and manager the late JJ Cortez in NYC. At 17, she signed with Elite Models Singapore, which launched her international career. She walked for Christian Dior's "Hardcore" show not even 3 months on the scene. She was represented by LookNow in Milan, Italy and later signed with Riccardo Gay where she resided and worked exclusively until her return to the United States. Gin graced magazine editorials, billboards, catalogs, look-books, runways, and prestigious showrooms all over the world for designers including Gucci, Prada, Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen, Donna Karan, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Issey Miyake, Armani and Chanel. She had representation in Shanghai (ENVY), Taipei (FMI), Singapore (Elite Model Management) and NYC (Women/Supreme Models). From 2009-2016, she was based out of Nashville, Tennessee (Wilhelmina Models/Dan Agency) and became a featured cameo in several top country music videos for the industry's most popular artists. She was represented by Click Atlanta from 2013-2018.
After relocating back to the U.S., Gin fell back on her musical passions: singing and writing. She is a classically trained alto vocalist and highly influenced by blues, rock, southern gospel, angst pop and loFi indie sounds. She has performed live, written and provided studio vocals for various artists in Atlanta, Nashville and Los Angeles. Gin released an international club single "Breathin to the Rhythm" with DJ Charlie P on Abstract Logic Recordings in 2011. It was after she became pregnant with her first child that she taught herself how to record music with a mini protools rig and produced musical works addressing social issues: substance abuse, domestic violence and political injustices.
In November, 2018, she released a collaborative single with Ya Boi Fade called "Dollar Signs" and began working with Bethel University's musical production and recording arts program on the side. Between 2018-2020, she collaborated with other artists in the program, featured on various tracks and demoed her first indie/alternative EP (released May, 29, 2020).
After having her first child, she decided to finish her undergraduate degree at Bethel University. While earning this degree, she worked for the Veterans of Foreign Wars for two years on a scholarship program. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Business and Organizational Management and went on to complete her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Tennessee at Martin. During this time, she interned at an outpatient Christian based counseling center and residential geriatric psychiatric hospital. She graduated high school early from Gateway Christian Academy and attended Murray State University when she was 16 and studied Fine Art but suspended her studies to focus on the opportunity to model professionally.
After grad school, Gin went on to work as a therapist in addiction medicine, addiction recovery, opioid addiction and treatment and helped launch and supervise an IOP program in Northwest TN, in partnership with the TDMHSAS Office of Criminal Justice. Gin was accepted into the Doctor of Psychology program at Western Kentucky University in 2019.
In the winter of 2017, Gin bought her first compound bow: a PSE Stinger, a set of Easton Carbon Aftermath arrows and a Trufire release. In March 2018, she competed in her first ASA 3D tournament and the first 3D course (and target) she'd ever shot, qualifying for the state championships in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia in the Women's Hunter division. Throughout the year, she practiced when she could, documenting her self taught trial and error progress and posted wild game recipes along the way, which included venison, quail, wild duck, rabbit, wild goose, scimitar oryx and squirrel. During this process, she developed a devoted and supportive social media following, branding her an influencer among the outdoor community.
Gin hopes to continue to get better with her compound bow as well as a traditional recurve, compete against her personal best and share her passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors, fine and expressive arts, academia, and mental health.