Sunday, 26 August, 2007 11:31 AM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Stephen
BY JOHNNY CHAUVIN
recording artist Stephen Cochran.
2007 CMA Close Up News Service
Family tradition and
true-to-life stories have been at the heart of great Country Music,
and with his self-titled debut album, Stephen Cochran brings them
together in 13 Country songs that seamlessly blend the old and the
Born in Pikeville, Ky.,
and raised in the heart of Nashville's creative community, Cochran
watched his Dad, Steve Cochran, wrestle with Music Row's starmaking
machinery as a struggling songwriter and artist.
"That was my school,
coming home and watching Dad practice and play and write,"
Cochran said. "There's a song on the album called 'Old School'
that says, 'I remember what Daddy told me, you've got to play it
how it feels and just always keep it real.'"
Cochran had just commited
himself to the music business when history postponed his fledgling
career on Sept. 11, 2001. He joined the Marines light armored reconnaissance
division and served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, losing
a dear friend to enemy fire and breaking his back in the process.
Dedicating his recovery
time to his deferred music dreams, Cochran soon ammassed the catalog
of songs that would attract the attention of Aria/Quarterback Records
Nashville, who will release the singer/songwriter's self-titled
debut album, featuring three Cochran originals, on Aug. 28. The
leadoff single "Friday Night Fireside" was written by
Butter, Scott Harris, Vencent Hickerson and Isaac Rich (brother
of Big & Rich's John Rich).
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
Who is your musical
Which song would
you secretly like to cover?
"Tracy Lawrence's 'Find Out Who Your Friends Are.' I love that
What CD is on your
"Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson, If I Can Find a Clean
What do you sing
in the shower?
"'Lonesome Dove' by Garth Brooks."
What moment in your
life would you relive if you could?
"May 7, 2004, the night that my friend, Ron Payne, was killed
fire in Afghanistan."
Which mode of transportation
do you prefer - planes, trains or automobiles?
"Planes, only because I tend to be impatient."
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