Cole Phillips has signed management representation and record deals with Why&How and Records Nashville.
The 18-year-old Oklahoma native drew significant attention with his breakout song, “Drinking Alone,” which went viral on TikTok and has amassed 15 million audio streams in the United States.
Phillips is a self-taught singer-songwriter and guitarist whose musical influences range from Zac Brown, Zach Bryan, Cody Jinks and David Allan Coe to Metallica and Nirvana. He developed a passion for music early in life, crediting his parents for exposing him to various genres, and has carved his own path with an evolving and distinctive sound of stripped-back instrumentation and authentic vocals.
“Cole has a remarkable ability to capture emotion and storytelling beyond his 18 years. His debut song, ‘Drinking Alone,’ gained organic virality, resonating deeply with a broad audience. That kind of talent can’t be taught,” shares Bruce Kalmick, Founder & CEO, Why&How. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Records Nashville team to champion such an enthusiastic and gifted musician, and can’t wait to see what we build together in the years ahead.”
“Cole Phillips is the real deal. His music is authentic and honest. From the moment we heard him, we wanted to work together. The whole team at Records Nashville is thrilled to partner with Cole as well as Bruce’s team at Why&How,” says Josh Easler, EVP of Promotion & Commercial Strategy, Records Nashville.
This year, Phillips has plans for multiple live shows and the release of his forthcoming debut album.