Cotler is a Grammy Award-winning composer and an accomplished
singer, songwriter, and musician. No one fuses traditional Jewish
melodies with the power and rhythm of modern popular
music like he does. He performs more than 100 concerts each year.
with a warm and expressive voice, Doug's sensitive and penetrating
interpretations of liturgy as well as his insightful and humorous
songs about Jewish events and heroes have placed him in the forefront
of contemporary Jewish music.
performers possess Doug's talents as a composer...and few composers
can jam with the very best players. Doug's symphony, The
was performed by the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra...and he
has also toured and played country, pop, and rock music with
such well-known artists as John Denver, Jerry Jeff Walker, and
has recorded six original Jewish music albums, with his 1984
Grammy being awarded for writing "Manhunt", a powerful
song featured in the smash album and movie, Flashdance.
He also has two songbooks containing all the songs from four
of his recordings.
young children to adults, Doug's music appeals
to a wide cross-section of Jewish music lovers. Listen,
his breakthrough album, contains the hit song "Standing
on the Shoulders". This
expressive song has became an anthem used extensively as the
theme for conventions, films, and religious services. Doug's
other albums include: It's So Amazing! -- fun Jewish songs
for all ages; Whispers In The Wind -- adult-contemporary
songs on Jewish themes; Down Home -- an extraordinary
amalgam of styles that Doug calls Jewish Bluegrass; Echoes --
Jewish-American popular classics written by others; A Rose
In December, -- songs of healing and peace; his first live
recording, Everyones Invited, and his newest -- Funny
Jewish Songs -- the long-awaited compilation of oft-requested hilarious cowboy and beach parody songs (Doug is a surfin'
cowboy, you know!). Doug's music is available
for online ordering!
With his father, a Cantor, providing training from the age of
professional career began at 14, singing in Southern California
synagogues and Jewish Community Centers. When Doug's father passed
away, he assumed his father's position as Cantor at a large
reform congregation near San Francisco.
Doug is currently the Cantorial Soloist at Congregation
Or Ami in Calabasas, California. He earned a degree in Philosophy
St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He and his wife Gail
have two sons, Kyle and Noah.
Doug is: a Jewish entertainer,
a Jewish composer,
a Jewish musician,
a Jewish songwriter... and so much more. Doug is: available
for community concerts as well as private affairs such as bar/bat
mitzvah and weddings (he can even officiate if you want!). Doug
is: at the forefront of contemporary Jewish American life, bringing
people together through music.