Courtney Cole is made up of one big heart, sass, and a little bit of class. She has one of the best personalities in country music and she has opened for artists like Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert. I recently had the opportunity to interview this talented performer about her love of music and her journey.
What’s it like being on tour with Miranda Lambert?
That was seriously on the top of my bucket list…of life. That was the best experience to date. I’ve looked up to her for years and to just be there with her — like one day we got pedicures and manicures. We were just sitting there together sharing a bag of Cheetos. She is just so confident and real. She knows what she wants and I’m honored to have her as a mentor.
How did you get into Music? And When did you know you wanted to make it a career?
It’s funny because I always knew. I always loved to sing — even before my parents put me on stage I was always doing shows and making up a show. Me and My dad sang “I Got You Babe” and ever since then I was hooked to the stage. Then when I was 18 I moved to Nashville, went to college, and worked at a record label. I worked 9-5 and then would do my own artist stuff from 6-10. Then they signed me to my first publishing deal and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
I would have to say my mom. She’s the one that has kept me going this whole time and has always steered me away from doing the rational thing of like going to school and living at home — she’s like you need to go to school to pursue a dream. If you want to go to Nashville you need to go to Nashville. She’s been through a lot, but she’s always positive.
What’s a song you wish you would’ve written?
“Did I Shave My Legs For This” by Deana Carter — 100 percent. That’s like my favorite song. The real, strong, confident women and Deana Carter is one of them.
If you were stuck on an island, what are three things you would have with you?
Chipotle, Blue Bell chocolate chip ice cream, and Netflix.
Describe your EP in one word.
Who has inspired you musically?
Shania Twain, Deana Carter, Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey — just powerful women. I love strong voices. I had this karaoke machine and I would sing these songs and pretend to be those women. They taught me how to sing! I would listen to Shania Twain and she taught me how to really be a women and how to be a strong woman, how to get a man to treat you right, and these women lived life with me. I grew up with them.
Are you working on any new music?
I am! I have a new song I want to put out in the next couple of weeks. I think it’s going to be really fun.
What song on your EP is like “your song?”
I have to say “Ladylike.” That song is like so 100 percent me. It’s real, it’s honest, and it’s pure sass. It’s sarcastic! I can’t always be prim and proper. This song encourages people to be unapologetically yourself and this song is me being unapologetically myself.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced thus far in your career?
When I first started I was just discovering my sound and you’re just trying to figure out yourself musically. It’s one thing to know who you are as a person, but it’s like what does that sound like? Really creating that and learning that comparison (to other music) is like the biggest downfall. You really just have to go in, shut everything else off and just write your story and what’s true to you, what melodies are true to you and don’t compare that to what’s on the radio. Learning that there’s a place for everybody and coming to that conclusion has to be the biggest challenge thus far.
What would you say is your biggest accomplishment thus far?
Probably (touring with) Miranda Lambert. For all these years I would imagine myself on stage and in an arena. When I was a kid I would have my babysitters pull me from room to room on a blanket pretending I was in an arena and seeing that come into fruition and just being like actually on tour — not playing for my stuffed animals is so cool.
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Courtney Cole’s EP is available now on iTunes.