Tammy Cochran

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Tammy Cochran
Born (1972-01-30) January 30, 1972 (age 49)
OriginAustinburg, Ohio
Years active2000–present
Associated actsShane Decker

Tammy Cochran (born January 30, 1972) 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.


Tammy was born and raised in a small rural town called Austinburg, Ohio[1]

She was born in 1972 to Mabel and Delmar Cochran and was the third of three children.[1] Growing up, she listened to recordings from Loretta Lynn and Barbara Mandrell. Tammy sang at her family's local church, and then she entered a talent show contest and won.[1] She joined a couple of bands 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 titled "One" at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


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


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
2000 "If You Can" 41 Tammy Cochran
"So What" 51
2001 "Angels in Waiting" 9 73
"I Cry" 18 [a]
2002 "Life Happened" 20 [b] Life Happened
"Love Won't Let Me" 31
2003 "What Kind of Woman Would I Be"[6]
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
  1. ^ "I Cry" did not enter the Hot 100, but peaked at number 7 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, which acts as a 25-song extension of the Hot 100.[5]
  2. ^ "Life Happened" did not enter the Hot 100, but peaked at number 17 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, which acts as a 25-song extension of the Hot 100.[5]

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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Dillon, Charlotte "Tammy Cochran Biography", Allmusic, retrieved July 23, 2011
  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 July 23, 2011
  3. ^ Stark, Phyllis (2001) "Fox Brothers named Entertainer of the Year at CCMA Awards", Billboard, November 10, 2001, p. 36, retrieved July 23, 2011
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.
  5. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2012). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
  6. ^ "Country – Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. April 11, 2003.

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