Tammy Cochran

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Tammy Cochran
Birth name Tammy Cochran
Born (1972-01-30) January 30, 1972 (age 42)
Origin Austinburg, Ohio
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000–Present
Labels Epic
Shanachie
Associated acts Shane Decker

Tammy Cochran (born January 30, 1972 in Austinburg, Ohio) is an American country music artist. Signed to Epic Records Nashville in 2000, she released her self titled debut album that year, followed a year later by Life Happened. These two albums produced a total of six chart singles for her on the Billboard country charts between 2000 and 2003, of which the highest-charting was "Angels in Waiting" at No. 9. A third album, Where I Am, followed in 2007.

Biography[edit]

Tammy was born and raised in a small rural town called Austinburg, Ohio,[1] which according to Tammy was a perfect place to write a country song. There was also enough tragedy in Cochran's life to write a country song.

She was born in 1972 to Mabel and Delmar Cochran and was the third of three children.[1] Tammy's two older brothers, Shawn and Alan were both born with the disease Cystic Fibrosis. Shawn died from the disease in 1980, at 15 and Alan died in 1991 at age 24.[1] She soon became accustomed to listening to and singing the songs of Loretta Lynn and Barbara Mandrell. Encouraged and inspired by her brothers, Tammy realized that she preferred singing in front of an audience. For the next few years, Tammy sang at her family's local church, and then she entered a talent show contest and won.[1] The next step for Tammy was to join a band. She joined a couple before making her own band called "TC Country" that played at fairs and weddings.[1]

Cochran finished high school and took vocational training to become a secretary. She then moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991.[2] She married in 1996 but divorced soon afterward.[1]

Musical career[edit]

In 1998, Cochran met Shane Decker, a songwriter for Warner Bros. Records.[1] He offered his help on making demos to send to record companies after seeing Cochran. He also helped her get a job as a songwriter for Warner Chappell.[1] Her demo tapes were sent to Epic Records. She released her first single that same year called "If You Can", followed by "So What". Although neither single made Top 40 on the country charts, the third single ("Angels in Waiting", written about her brothers) peaked at No. 9,[2] and its success led to the release of her self-titled debut album. The video for "Angels in Waiting" won a Christian Country Music Award for 'Video of the Year'.[3] This album's fourth single, "I Cry", reached Top 20 as well.

Cochran's second album for Epic, Life Happened, was released a year later. The lead-off single reached Top 20, while "Love Won't Let Me", the follow-up, peaked at No. 31 and Cochran was dropped from Epic in 2003. Her third album, Where I Am, was issued on the independent Shanachie Records in 2007.

In 2014 she starred in a musical show entitled "One" at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Heat
Tammy Cochran 27 13
Life Happened
  • Release date: October 15, 2002
  • Label: Epic Nashville
11 95
Where I Am
30 Something and Single
  • Release date: June 9, 2009
  • Label: IBI Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country US
2000 "If You Can" 41 Tammy Cochran
"So What" 51
2001 "Angels in Waiting" 9 73
"I Cry" 18 107
2002 "Life Happened" 20 117 Life Happened
"Love Won't Let Me" 31
2003 "What Kind of Woman Would I Be"
2007 "The Ride of Your Life" Where I Am
"Where I Am"
2010 "He Really Thinks He's Got It" 30 Something and Single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2000 "If You Can" Adolfo Doring
"So What" Trey Fanjoy
2001 "Angels in Waiting" Deb Haus/Tammy Cochran
"I Cry" Trey Fanjoy
2002 "Life Happened" Peter Zavadil

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Dillon, Charlotte "Tammy Cochran Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-07-23
  2. ^ a b Evans Price, Deborah (2002) "Tammy Cochran Stays True to 'Life' on Her Second Epic Album", Billboard, October 19, 2002, p. 9, retrieved 2011-07-23
  3. ^ Stark, Phyllis (2001) "Fox Brothers named Entertainer of the Year at CCMA Awards", Billboard, November 10, 2001, p. 36, retrieved 2011-07-23

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