LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/28/16 -- Hailing from a small town an hour outside of Birmingham, Alabama, Coco O'Connor (www.cocooconnor.com) was playing bluegrass at five and started writing songs at age ten. She lived close to the legendary music town of Muscle Shoals -- but anyone trying to tap the source of the edgy yet heartfelt blues/country rock vibe that drives the emerging singer/songwriter's full length debut Turquoise will have to set their sights west.
Coco's inspiration comes from Santa Fe in particular, where she's lived for over 15 years and she and her husband are raising a unique extended family that includes Titus and Seluh, two friendly but shy high content wolf-dogs they've had since they were ten days old. A true environmental minimalist, Coco lives up on a mountain, just down from an honest to goodness goldmine, with a breathtaking view of New Mexico's state capital and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southernmost subrange of the Rockies.
Considering the contrast between her times in the big city and the inviting peace of mind she has now, it's not surprising that the mountain she lives on inspired "Empty in California," an edgy, rollicking jab at her time "living on the wrong side of this great divide." The opening track on Turquoise and its lead single, the track began receiving spins on Radio Free Santa Fe and is now being promoted wider to country rock and Triple AAA stations nationwide.
Turquoise features five song collaborations by Coco and the project's producer Margaret Becker, a Nashville based four-time Grammy nominee and four-time Dove Award winner who has had 21 #1 Christian radio hits. The two met through Coco's involvement with PCG Nashville, one of America's leading career/artist development organizations.
Coco originally explored a career in electronic based music, winning a New Mexico Music Award in 2008 for electronic music production, having some prominent DJs mix her tunes and even licensing a song in this style to "The Craig Ferguson Show." But ultimately, she realized that she favored traditional storytelling and song structure too much to stay in a world where beats and repetition were the dominant creative force.
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