Stephen Cochran

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Stephen Cochran
Cochran in June 2009
Cochran in June 2009
Background information
Birth nameStephen E. Cochran II
Born (1979-09-17) September 17, 1979 (age 43)
OriginEastern, Kentucky, United States
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter/Actor / Writer/ Founder of Stop22tour.
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, drums
Years active1999 – present
LabelsAria Records Quarterback Records Drive Music Nashville Epic Record
Websitewww.stephencochran.org

Stephen Cochran (born September 17, 1979) is an American country music singer and songwriter.[1][2] In 2009 Stephen was named as a spokesman for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Research and Development.[3][4] The VA and Cochran collaborated to produce a music video for veterans who need help.[5]

History and music career[edit]

Stephen Cochran was primarily raised by his single mother Janey Cochran, however when Cochran was four years old, he began spending summers with his grandparents Charles and Lois Maynard in Waterford, Michigan. Some of Stephens closest friends are from that time in his life and considers Michigan just as much a hometown as Kentucky and Tennessee. After moving from Eastern, Kentucky to Tennessee he was raised in Nashville's songwriting and recording community. He watched his father, Steve Cochran, wrestle with the machinery of Music Row as a struggling songwriter and artist. Country greats Bobby Bare and the late Del Reeves are just a few of the characters that influenced Cochran's early music home life. Cochran cultivated an interest in music beginning at Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School in Nashville, Tennessee. Later, he honed his craft in his college days at Western Kentucky University with a development deal. He worked his way through school writing songs and playing guitar. While at WKU he also played lacrosse. After September 2001 he joined the United States Marine Corps and served his country as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a part of the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion; 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. While on convoy security Cochran was injured, leaving his back broken and without the use of his legs for some time. Stephen was told he may never walk without pain again and he was sent home to the United States. Once he arrived home the search for a solution began. Finally, after a long struggle, Cochran's ability to walk without pain was restored when doctors at the Nashville VA Medical Center performed an experimental procedure called kyphoplasty.[4] After an extensive rehabilitation Stephen was able to return to an active lifestyle. As part of his recovery, Cochran refocused his energy on country music.

He teamed up with other country music artists and began performing with John Rich and the MuzikMafia around Nashville. He wrote with his friend from the band Trailer Choir Vinny Hickerson and eventually, they started their own writers' group. In 2007 he began Armed Forces Entertainment tours of the Middle East, scores of benefit appearances on behalf of his fellow veterans, and constant roadwork in support of his acclaimed, self-titled debut album. In November 2008 Cochran appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to promote the second annual "Salute to the Troops" benefit concert.[6]

In 2009 the VA asked Stephen to be the face of their research and development. Cochran and Mark Melloan wrote "Hope," which the VA used as a theme song in its national campaign to help veterans. The VA hospitals and patients are the backdrops for the video.

I'm one of the only combat vets from this era in country music, and I need to use that platform to help things change and give hope back.

— Stephen Cochran, News Channel 5 WTVF, February 11, 2010 [7]

In 2012, Cochran signed a production contract with New Voice Entertainment.

In 2013, Stephen formed the live-music group titled "Stephen Cochran Project" including bandmate "Smitty" Byrne (BGV/Bass)

The Stephen Cochran Project released their first self-titled album in 2015.

In 2014 Stephen and fellow Veterans Daniel Dean, Sam Tate, Sal Gonzalez, Jonathon Wells, Wynn Taylor, Micha Howard and Tyler Jay, formed and began touring in support of their not for profit which then linked to Romans Warrior foundation forming Romans Warrior foundation- Stop22Tour. They use their songs and songwriting to help other's understand the Veterans plight as well as the suicide epidemic that plagues the Veteran Community. "It also helps our fellow veterans heal through our music", said Dean at a concert in 2017 at the Fonanel. Look for their "in the round" style concerts in several parts of the country and overseas. Stephen teamed up with fellow Veteran and longtime friends Michael Hamilton and Daniel Broadrick to put out a non-genre EP titled "American Loser", it includes 6 new tracks all written or co-written by Cochran and Hamilton directed at helping other veterans heal and educate civilians about the veteran plight. Cochran, Hamilton and Broderick continue to make music and are hoping to help MANY veterans navigate the songwriting maze in Nashville.

Personal Life: Stephen is Married to Megan Rae Cochran, together they have one fur baby Semper Fi CoCo.They have five kids, Aaron Ryder, Addy Rae, Stephen Eugene Cochran III (Tripp), Katherine Ann and born August 14, 2020, Charles Caswell (Charlie Caz) (Caz). In August of 2021 Stephens longtime best friend and service dog Semper Fi died due to complications with cancer. At the end of that month Stephens mother Janey Cochran and his grandmother Lois Maynard contracted the novel Coronavirus his grandmother died on September 5th followed by his mother's passing October 9th. The three of them were Stephens biggest support and best friends ..he always referred to them as "His Ladies".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Stephen Cochran (2007)
  • "Leaving Louisiana" (Walmart Flowers) (2010)
  • "Pieces" (2012)
  • "Stephen Cochran Project" (2015)
  • "American Loser" {Americana}(2017)

Singles[edit]

  • "Friday Night Fireside" (2007)
  • "Everything We Knew" (2008)
  • "Thinkin I'm Drinkin" (2008)
  • "Wal-Mart Flowers" (2009)
  • "Alone on Christmas" (2010)
  • "Hope" (2011)
  • "Pieces" (2012)
  • "Gasoline on a Goodbye" (2014)
  • "She'll thank me Later" (2015)
  • "Whiskey Lies" (2016)
  • "American Loser"(2017)

Music Videos[edit]

  • "Friday Night Fireside" (2007)
  • "Pieces" (2012)

Collaborations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MTV Artists — Stephen Cochran". MTV.
  2. ^ "Stephen Cochran Biography". Great American Country. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012.
  3. ^ Watson, Amy (February 11, 2010). "Marine Veteran Turned Country Artist Beats Odds". NewsChannel5.com. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Smith, Tammie (April 24, 2010). "McGuire Veterans research studies are recognized". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  5. ^ "STEPHEN COCHRAN Delivers "Hope" to Veterans Across the U.S.!". Neon Universe. April 19, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  6. ^ Smith, Andrea (November 6, 2008). "Stephen Cochran To Appear At USO Concert in New York". CountryHound. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "Marine Veteran Turned Country Artist Beats Odds". NewsChannel5.com. February 11, 2010. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014.

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