Classic country gospel singer, Debbie Cochran was recently recognized by the Josie Music Awards for her original song, Angel Band Angel Band, off her latest album In A Heartbeat. Cochran penned the twelve songs on the album and recorded it under the direction of Grammy nominated producer, Kent Wells. The heavenly ballad, Angel Band Angel Band, is nominated for Song of the Year in the Gospel category.
The Josie Music Awards are known for recognizing independent artists, songwriters, record labels, talent agencies, promotion companies, producers, engineers, management companies, press, music industry businesses, and more. Nominee suggestions must go through a lengthy review process conducted by a team of industry leaders to even be consider for the official list of nomination. Cochran was chosen out of 20,000 submissions.
"I am so blessed and honored to be nominated for Gospel Song of the Year by the Josie Music Awards," says Debbie. "The song Angel Band Angel Band was inspired by George D Hay, founder of the original Grand Ole Opry radio program, WSM-AM in Nashville, after reading chapter nine of his 1953 publication of The Story of the Grand Ole Opry."
The Josie Music Awards was created solely to celebrate those in the independent music industry that work so hard every day and deserve to have a night of their own. Past Josie Music Awards have been held at Nissan Stadium, Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Gaylord Opryland Resort. The 5th Annual Josie Awards will be held inside the Celebrity Theater in The Dollywood Theme Park on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
About Debbie Cochran
With musical roots in Alabama, Texas and Arkansas (Cochran smiles as she claims, "three doses of southern draw") Debbie and her family would gather around the piano singing their original songs and beautiful harmonies. Those key based instruments opened the flood gates to a lifelong passion of instrumental and vocal discovery. Throughout her musical journey, Debbie learned to play the piano, mountain dulcimer, acoustic guitar and bass guitar while honing her talents as a songwriter.
Her style would be described as a golden gospel voice with traditional country undertones. Debbie anchors her sounds in her church reared impressionable years and her love of early Reba McEntire and Martina McBride tracks.
Debbie's dream of writing and singing songs on that "Nashville Stage" gave her the courage to open the doors to recording her very first album with Kent Wells (Dolly Parton, Neal McCoy & Michael Peterson), who inspired the whole project with four simple but prophetic words, "It's Never Too Late," which was the first of Debbie's songs to play on the radio and also earned her the DisCovery Award given by Robert K. Oermann of Music Row Magazine.
Before turning to the production ears of Kent Wells to guide her, the only outlet she had to share her music with the world was on a stage that her husband built in their hometown of Batesville, AR. When Debbie isn't on stage, she spends her autumn years traveling the world with her husband in an RV. Debbie's story and music is one that has spread smiles and serves as a testament to the vitality of the human spirit. She lives her lyrics every day that she steps in the studio, writes a new song or hits the lights center stage.
Follow her journey at www.debbiecochran.com