I AM courtney Cole
With an honest, passionate and endearing personality and a sound that is equal parts organic and cinematic, Courtney has spent many years crafting her music and creating sincere messages in her lyrics that inspire others to live their lives in a higher state of awareness.
Cole loved music from the moment she could remember. She grew up just 20 minutes outside of one of America’s most diverse cities, New Orleans, where music was everywhere. She was exposed to pop, country, zydeco, R&B, jazz, gospel, and more wherever she went. At age 5, she took her first bow onstage at a talent show in her church where she and her father lip-synced “I Got You Babe” together, with her father dressed as Sonny while she wore a Cher wig. At age 10, she attended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), where she studied music, dance, and theatre.
At an early age, she was drawn to sound in any form. Her mother recalls Courtney loving all music, but was taken aback when she would match the pitches of the vacuum cleaner as she would vacuumed the house. “The vibrations were always very comforting to me,” Courtney admits. As she grew up, she fell in love with strong, powerful female voices such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion. She loved their passion, strong vocals, and took advantage of free voice lessons. She would spend hours in her room working to match every single note in their songs until she could hit every one. “These women taught me how to sing from the depths of my soul,” she claims. “Music has never NOT been a part of my life. It was my way of learning and understanding myself. I always connected deeply to the emotion in music and lyric, as I’m a very emotional person. Being able to sing how you feel and connect people to a particular emotion, that’s how you change lives! It heals people.”
Her love of music drew her to Nashville, where she enrolled in, and eventually graduated from, Belmont University as a commercial voice major. Although singing was her main focus at Belmont, Courtney also devoted a good amount of time to writing songs, something she began in high school while learning chords using a pawnshop guitar and a computer program. “I’ve always heard songs in my head,” she says. “It was time for me to start using them to tell my story.”
Throughout Belmont, she landed an internship at Black River Entertainment and dipped her toe into the music industry. Upon graduation, the company hired her and she rose from Publishing Assistant to Executive Assistant and then Radio Coordinator during her five years at the label and publishing company. She also got a crash course in the art of songwriting by getting to know the staff songwriters and listening as they came up with songs in a studio next to her office. “So I started writing after my eight-hour work day, from 6pm to 10pm,” she said. “Finally I started playing them for my boss and to my surprise, she really liked them! That gave me the boost in confidence I needed to explore my dream professionally.”
After nearly five years of learning, making ends meet, and a lot of hard work, she was offered a full-time publishing deal. “To be able to concentrate on music full-time was what I had been working so hard for and to finally get there was amazing,” she said. “Being in a writing room with some of the best songwriters in Nashville that I had admired for so long was surreal.”
In the midst of songwriting, Courtney has garnered many touring opportunities, opening for Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Chris Young, Kip Moore, Old Dominion, Granger Smith, Kane Brown, Thompson Square and more at venues across the country. She was singled out as a Spotify Spotlight Artist while The Huffington Post named her as one of its “Artists to Watch” in 2015. She has also been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, and People Magazine.
While performing on Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour in the fall of 2015, Courtney released her self-titled EP. Produced by Will Weatherly, it featured the fan favorite track “Ladylike,” co-written with Jimmy Robbins and GRAMMY, CMA and ACM-Award winner Shane McAnally.
Previously, Courtney released her acoustic EP, #NoFilter, as well as her single, “Drunk,” which she wrote with Catt Gravitt, Gerald O’Brien and Shirazi, available on iTunes and Spotify. The music video for “Drunk” hit No. 1 on the fan-voted Taste of Country’s “Top 10 Countdown” and debuted at No. 8 on CMT Pure’s “12-Pack Countdown.” The Shotgun Seat observed, “Cole achieves the perfect balance of being simultaneously strong and vulnerable, like an early Taylor Swift.”
During all of this, Courtney had been traveling to and from Los Angeles, dipping her toes into the pop songwriting world. “It took me no time at all to fall in love with L.A.,” she states after several years of back and forth. In 2017, she experienced a lot of personal and professional challenges that sparked a new fire in her. Still feeling hopeful and inspired, she decided to pack up her hatchback and move to Los Angeles. “I am most grateful for the time I spent in Nashville, because that town taught me how to write a song. In my opinion, there is no other place to learn. It will always be a part of me.” she says. As she made the cross-country journey with her mom, she filmed, edited, and wrote the music for an exceptionally raw, honest, and emotional docuseries called, “The Rockumentary.” The series was released on YouTube and is a very beautiful lesson on resilience. “It was really important to me to share my story. With our social platforms today, everyone feels the need to have a perfect life. I had to be real and show that mine was definitely not that at all. I was really going through a really dark spot, and sharing my soul through my music was healing,” she says.
Less than a year later, she released her most current single, “Spiritual” on iTunes and Spotify. “Spiritual” is a very powerful follow up after the challenges she faced in 2017. The song was inspired by her move to the California coast, and her newfound love for the ocean. “I’ve always been a little intimidated of the ocean, so I decided to buy a paddle board and conquer my fear. I correlated my fear of the ocean and it’s uncertainty to my fear of uncertainty of a new me in a new city. But, I decided that if I could conquer the unknowns of the ocean, I surely could conquer the fear of the unknown of what was next for me” she says confidently. Now, she is paddling out over three miles through the uncertainty and into the Pacific Ocean on a regular basis, and found a revived passion to release “Spiritual.”
Empowered by her desire to make music that heals, Courtney is taking it all in and thoroughly enjoying the journey. Her biggest joy besides creating music and getting to perform is making new friends along the journey. Courtney reflects, “I really cherish this time because there is excitement around every turn, and I will never take that for granted. I’m grateful that I get to wake up each morning and create and share.”
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