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Who Is Kolby Cooper? The Story Behind His Journey to Country Music

Who is Kolby Cooper? The singer-songwriter joined us to chat about his journey to country music. Get to know the rising star here…

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Kolby Cooper

The Beginning:

A little over a week ago, we introduced you to a new artist in country music, Kolby Cooper. His major-label debut project Boy From Anderson County is currently one of our favorites of 2021. We chatted with Cooper about his EP and his journey to country music. Learn more about the newcomer below.

Growing up in Bradford in East Texas, Cooper lived a typical country boy lifestyle. The singer recalls growing up on a ranch and riding horses as a young kid. Of course, country music was all he listened to at first. “My dad was always playing Texas Country,” he tells us. “He also introduced me to southern rock and I kinda took that and ran with it.

It was not until Cooper turned thirteen that he really considered playing music himself. “Around 13 or so I started playing music and I kinda figured out that it felt a lot cooler to play music than it did to go be a nurse or to do whatever I was planning on doing in college,” shared the singer.

During this time in his childhood, the singer lost his father to his battle with cancer. “We really bonded over music, so I think it definitely drove me to want to make music.” Additionally, the singer shared, “It just felt right. It was something he was proud of me for doing.”

With blessings from both his mother and his then girlfriend (now wife), Cooper put college on hold to pursue his dream. Combining his love for country music, like his favorite Waylon Jennings, and rock bands like Blink 182 and Nirvana, Cooper was destined to create a sound all his own. 

The Turning Point:

Just out of high school, the singer was able to capitalize on his one-of-a-kind talent. He amassed over 100 million streams prior to his debut major-label release. “For the first time in a few years, I took a couple of minutes to think about it and I was like damn, I’m right where I’m supposed to be and I’m doing what I’m meant to do,” shared the singer, reflecting on his journey thus far.

Cooper later added, “There’s been a lot of amazing moments. Whether it be playing our first decent size show […] all the way to playing our first big sold-out show.” Both personally and professionally, Cooper could not be happier with where he is now. He credits his wife and two young daughters for all that he has been able to accomplish so far.

Today:

Cooper created his EP, Boy From Anderson County from the joy he was feeling. “I wanted to make a happy record.” Adding later, “I wanted to kinda show anyone who didn’t know who I was or fans who do know who I am, I wanted to show where I am in my life.”

Although Cooper truly loves all six songs off his project, the singer-songwriter identified the title track and “Way To Go” as two standouts. With the latter, “I really go to explore musically areas that I haven’t gone before.” For the autobiographical tune “Boy From Anderson County,” Cooper got to share his full truth with his fans.

Similarly, the comedic and clever song “Her Favorite Songs” also pulled from a real-life experience. “Every song I write, it’s pulling from some real story, whether it be my story or someone else’s,” declares the rising star.

Fans can gear up for the full-length version of Boy From Anderson County slated to come out at the top of 2022. Cooper also promises that he will continue to hit the road hard, touring as much as he can throughout the rest of the year.

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Kolby Cooper’s debut EP “Boy From Anderson County,” is out now.

Connect:

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Kolby Cooper announcements and releases.

To keep up with Kolby Cooper, follow him on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

Boy From Anderson County EP is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Kolby Cooper: ‘Boy From Anderson County’ – EP Review

Kolby Cooper’s EP Boy From Anderson County is out today, August 6th, on all streaming platforms. Check out our full review and listen to the new music below.

There is nothing like witnessing an artist’s debut project. Today, singer-songwriter, Kolby Cooper is on full display. The rising artist officially dropped his debut EP, Boy From Anderson County. Cooper wears his heart on his sleeve on the release, sharing all sides of his personality and his story with fans.

The record kicks off with one of the most personal songs on the EP. The title track depicts the love story between Cooper and his wife. The singer thanks his wife for making him the man he is today, teaching him all about life and himself, and of course, convincing him to follow his dreams.

“She made me better // She made me stronger // She made me want this dream so bad // She made me wish forever // Wasn’t all the time we had // She showed me every single thing I didn’t know about me // and I thank god every day that that girl found me”

Next up, “Good For You” showcases the rough and rowdy side of Cooper’s vocals. Written by Cooper along with singer-songwriter Jameson Rodgers and Brent Anderson, the song feels radio-ready. It has the right mix of grit and rhythm. Lyrically the premise of the song is relatable, as Cooper sings about pining after a girl, who did not want him.

On “Excuses,” Cooper slows it down again. This time, the singer somberly shares how it feels to watch a relationship come to its end. The old “it ain’t you, it’s me” is just the start of all the excuses. Similarly on “Way To Go,” Cooper expresses the end of a relationship, but this time putting the blame on himself. The singer’s honesty and vulnerability is evident on this standout track.

Picking the tempo up yet again, “The Song Don’t Make No Sense” is an ode to a complicated ex and break-up. The high-caliber innovation within this song is both refreshing and fun to listen to. The innovation continues with the last song off the record, “Her Favorite Songs.” Cooper has the last laugh on this song, as he sings about his nemesis’ girl singing all his favorite songs.

“Cause now when you get home // Your speakers are full-blown // Your girl is singing at the top of her lungs // Spin in the kitchen // Hey baby, listen // You tell her how you never heard this one // I know that you heard it // I know you know who it is // Ain’t the first song she’s played this playlist”

Cooper’s debut project is nothing short of fantastic. He is the real deal, both as a vocalist and as a songwriter. Fans should keep the singer on their radar.

Boy From Anderson CountyEP Tracklist:

  1. Boy From Anderson County
  2. Good For You
  3. Excuses
  4. Way To Go
  5. The Song Don’t Make No Sense
  6. Her Favorite Songs
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Kolby Cooper’s new EP ‘Boy From Anderson County,’ is out now

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Kolby Cooper announcements and releases.

To keep up with Kolby Cooper, follow him on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

Boy From Anderson CountyEP is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.