On The Row: Cooper Alan

Pictured: Cooper Alan. Photo: Haley Crow for MusicRow

Newcomer Cooper Alan has a warm, rich country voice and the support of hit songwriter, producer, and artist developer Victoria Shaw (Garth Brooks’ “The River,” Lady Antebellum).

Alan first visited Nashville at age 15 when he took part in the GRAMMY Camp; he later went on to attend college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shaw became acquainted with Alan’s music through a friend of a friend, and heard something special in the North Carolina native’s voice.

“He doing an internship in New York at the time and I happened to be going to New York, so we met for breakfast. He could sing, he could write, the songs were good,” she says. At the time, Shaw advised Alan to finish college and then make the move to Nashville.

“He emailed me like two days before his graduation and said, ‘I’ll be in Nashville on Sunday.’ And he’d already booked a gig in Nashville, so he had a lot of hustle.”

Alan recently inked a deal with Shaw’s Fabulicious Music Publishing and AvaRu Production company. He’s also aligned with SESAC.

During a recent visit to the MusicRow Magazine offices, Alan offered an acoustic take on his current song “Climate Change,” which he wrote alongside Shaw and Seth Mosley. Shaw and Mosley also co-produced the song. He also performed “Warm Beer,” a let’s-come-together style track that centers on things that everyone can agree they don’t like.

“Even with Lady A, it took a few years to get everything ready,” says Shaw, who co-produced the group’s doube-Platinum debut album. “But he already has the live performance down and had the songs, so it was like, ‘Well, let’s go!’”

Cooper Alan with MusicRow Magazine owner Sherod Robertson.

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Jessica Nicholson serves as the Managing Editor for MusicRow magazine. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at [email protected]

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