New Music Monday: Singer-Songwriter Courtney Cole Talks New EP, Earthquake
Thank you for talking with us! Since every project has a story, what’s the story behind your debut self-titled EP? This EP is all about a healing journey of mine after going through some really challenging times that made me question everything happening in my reality. It’s all about learning to find joy in the midst of pain, and love in the midst of fear and uncertainty, and learning to trust yourself and find yourself in the process. Every song is literally a diary entry of mine, as I was trying to process all that I was going through.
Where do you draw inspiration from when writing? Honestly, I'd say that I get most of my inspiration when I am alone in nature. As silly as it may sound, it's almost like it speaks to me… because oftentimes, I will sit down by the ocean or in the woods, and come up with a whole lyric, like a poem... and then I'll go home and put it to music.
Is there anyone in your family that you can credit as being instrumental in your decision to go into the music field? I would say that my whole family has been very supportive of this dream of mine. They have always encouraged my growth in music, and would dare me to not settle and follow my dreams at all costs! I'm grateful for that.
What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about pursuing a career in music? To have a mission and to follow that at all costs. Not a deal, not a person who says they can make you a star, but a mission that will be able to help you have clarity throughout the process.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs? I heard somebody say one time that the seed of a flower already encompasses all its potential of becoming a flower… and when that seed is in the right environment and cared for, it grows effortlessly. I think my message would be that you already are all that you need to be. You don't have to force anything. You have every ounce of your potential, so just take the time to find the environment and the care that nurtures you in that process of being all that you already are, and let nothing hinder that.
Favorite music to listen to while you cook? I absolutely love a good, chill bossa nova playlist when I'm cooking! It's so relaxing!
Southerners know good cookin’. What should every Southern kitchen be stocked with You’ve got to have Tony Chachere's seasoning! It goes on everything and gives it a nice little kick!
What is your favorite childhood cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch!! HANDS DOWN!
What's your favorite family recipe? My mama's cajun style chicken and dumplings!
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? Banyan Botanicals! They are an Ayurvedic company full of incredible nurturing, healing foods and supplements.
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On August 21, 2020 singer-songwriter Courtney Cole is releasing her new 4-track EP, 'Earthquake.' Featuring three previously released singles — “New Eyes,” “Right Direction,” and “Spiritual” — and the brand new title track, “Earthquake," the EP plays like a collection of sonic diary entries, chronicling Cole’s journey of self-discovery as she tackles what it means to find power and trust within oneself. Her rich vocals radiate with palpable emotion, shimmering atop the mellow, acoustic-leaning production. “It’s about choosing joy in the midst of pain and love in the midst of uncertainty,” Cole writes, “and finding out who you truly are in the process.”
The New Orleans native first dipped her toe in the music industry as a college student in Nashville, TN. Coming of age in music city, Cole found herself deeply immersed within the country scene, fine-tuning her lyrical chops with some of the industry’s finest. Her early releases garnered attention from Rolling Stone and Huffington Post, and led to touring opportunities with Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, and Kane Brown, just to name a few. While performing on Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour in the fall of 2015, Cole released her self-titled EP. Her debut amassed over 2M+ streams and featured her fan-favorite single, “Ladylike,” which was co-written with GRAMMY, CMA and ACM-Award winning songwriter, Shane McAnally.
Cole relocated to California a few years ago, craving a change of pace and scenery. Inspired by the West Coast pop scene and her new sun-soaked lifestyle, Cole started creating music that reflected her new surroundings. The Earthquake EP is being released in conjunction with her new podcast “The Love Freq Podcast with Courtney Cole,” where she discusses the beauty and importance of healing and growing from earth shattering moments in life and reconnecting with the truest, deepest parts of ourselves in order to live our most authentic, creative expression. The Love Freq name is inspired by the musical tuning of 528Hz (compared to our standard tuning of A=440 HZ), which has coined the term “the love frequency” due to its harmonic presence all throughout nature, lack of dissonance, and healing properties. Cole's final single on the EP, “Earthquake,” was recorded in the tuning of 528Hz.