Kolby Cooper
Kolby Cooper

Kolby Cooper

About Kolby Cooper

Possessing a honeyed twang and an enduring affection for the smoother sounds of '90s country, Kolby Cooper wasn't as gritty as some of his peers on the Red Dirt circuit of the Southwest during the last days of the 2010s. His underlying sweetness and way with pop hooks, evident on the singles "It Ain't Me" and "Every Single Kiss," helped earn him a fan base by 2020.
Born and raised in the small east Texas town of Bradford -- he'd later claim nearby Palestine as his hometown -- Kolby Cooper started playing guitar at the age of 12, inspired equally by classic country and '90s alt rock. His adolescence turned out to be tumultuous. His father died of cancer when Cooper was 14 and shortly afterward, he started writing songs, eventually finding his way to local talent competitions. When he was 18, Cooper became a father and husband in short order. Initially, he planned to attend nursing school but he decided to give the music business a shot. Four months after graduating Cayuga High School, he entered the studio. One of his earliest tunes, "Every Single Kiss," became his first single in 2017 and it was followed quickly by his first EP, the appropriately titled Vol. 1, in 2018.
The full-length Good Ones Never Last appeared on Combustion Music in 2019 and helped expand his following through the Red Dirt circuit in the Southwest. The 2020 single "If I Still Had It" was followed by his second EP, Vol. 2. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine