What is your name?
How would you describe your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
I’m originally from New Orleans, LA and moved to Nashville when I was 18 years old to pursue music. I was really involved in the country music scene for some time, which taught me how to write and craft a song. I’ve toured for many years and have had amazing opportunities touring with artists like Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, and Kane Brown. I relocated to California in 2017 craving a new pace and was completely inspired by the west coast vibe. It helped me to discover a deeper understanding of myself, and became such a healing experience for me. The ‘Earthquake’ EP is a diary of that healing journey, and is all about finding power and trust within oneself.
What made you go into music?
Singing, creating, and sharing my creativity has always been an incredible passion of mine since I was a kid. There has never been a time when following that passion wasn’t an option, so that childhood passion is what made me dive into music.
Your set to release your new EP ‘Earthquake’, tell us more about the final single on the EP, “Earthquake.”
‘Earthquake’ is about an awakening I had inside myself. It’s a breaking down of old belief systems and programs, finding healing and truth, and realizing that just as nature flows and evolves with ease, I, too, am in a stage of evolution. And that sentiment was an Earth-shattering realization that woke me up on so many levels, realizing that I have a lot more potential than I ever knew. And that is true for all of us!!
What is the meaning behind the EP?
This EP is a journey of self-discovery and about finding power and trust within yourself. It’s about choosing joy in the midst of pain and love in the midst of fear and uncertainty and finding who you truly are in the process.
Describe each track in two words.
Spiritual: raw, redemptive
Right Direction: emotional, honest
New Eyes: dream-like, love
Earthquake: healing, powerful
What was the writing and recording process like?
I wrote this EP with two of my favourite creative partners, Cameron Stymeist and Trannie Anderson. Both of them wrote on ‘Spiritual’ and ‘Right Direction’. Trannie and I wrote ‘Earthquake,’ and I wrote ‘New Eyes’ by myself. Working with these two is such a game changer for me because they really allow me to share my story, and they are so beautiful in their support of that. Writing this EP was incredibly healing for me and really brought me to a new place of belief in myself. Cameron Stymeist did all of the production with the help of my friends Gideon Klein and Gabe Klein who played some of the instruments. They are all just incredible people to work with, and just some of the best humans you can meet. There was never a dull moment with this group and I am excited we get to do it all over again!!
Will you be releasing music videos for any of the tracks?
Music videos for ‘Spiritual,’ ‘Right Direction,’ and ‘New Eyes’ are available now! We are in the process of filming the ‘Earthquake’ video, so be on the lookout!
Listen to Earthquake here
What else can we expect from Courtney Cole in 2020?
Well, hopefully touring… but that’s not looking good is it?! I am already in the process of working on the next EP, and hope to have it out by next year!
Do you play any instruments?
I play guitar and piano!
Who are your influences?
Musically, I love powerhouse women like Celine Dion, Katy Perry, and Julia Michaels, but also I’m obsessed with Jon Bellion and John Lennon.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Nature. I got so inspired when I am around the ocean or am in the woods. Lyrically, things just flow out of me there. I wrote an entire poem that turned into a song (which will be on the next EP) just by sitting on the sand and listening to the waves. There is something so spiritual and creative when you can just connect with nature.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 years?
A multi-dimensional artist who is touring the world, but isn’t just limited to music. I am seeking to promote love and healing through all creative outlets. I want to tour the world with my music, and also write books, speak publicly, and I love to act.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I am a big nature girl, so I’m either paddle boarding or in the ocean or hiking. I also love to travel!
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
Oh man, I was obsessed with the ‘Let’s Talk About Love’ album by Celine Dion. She literally taught me how to sing with that record!
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
To follow and trust your mission when it comes to music, not a record label or a person who tells you they can make you famous. Figure out what your mission is and to follow it at all costs.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Keep going! It’s so easy to give up, so easy, but just don’t. Something good will eventually make its way to you if you just keep going.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
It’s not really a quote, but I always try to remember little me. The little girl who was always so excited to create, share, and sing. I’m always trying to make her proud and achieve her dreams!
Where in your hometown is a must visit?
The Mandeville, LA lakefront! It’s so beautiful and peaceful. It’s right on Lake Pontchartrain and has the most beautiful homes and bike path. It’s a must see for sure.
You’re coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Bubble bath
2/ Who do you see first? My boyfriend, Mike
3/What do you eat first? Mexican Food, a bean and cheese burrito in particular
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My guitar… duh!
My guitar stand (and I forget it all the time!!)
Throat coat tea
Potato chips My setlist with some lyrics printed on them (I have a bad memory)