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"Stephen Cochran" @ Camellia City Iron Horse Festival

Mc Comb, Mississippi, USA

Mc Comb, Mississippi, USA

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"Stephen Cochran" @ Pensacola Fair - Second Show

Pensacola, Florida, USA

Pensacola, Florida, USA

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Pensacola, Florida, USA

Pensacola, Florida, USA

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CONTACT: Elaine Schock or Meredith Louie
Shock Ink (818) 385-1051




STEPHEN COCHRAN'S "FRIDAY NIGHT FIRESIDE" WARMS FANS
Emerging Country Artist Introduces First Single In Advance Of Jan. Album

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) "Friday Night Fireside," the good time debut single from Aria Records recording artist Stephen Cochran, has been released to country radio --marking the official launch of a singer, songwriter and entertainer who has been building toward this moment his entire life.

Born in Pikeville, KY, Cochran was raised in Nashville where his songwriter father worked and where country star Bobby Bare became a family friend. Stephen's first paying gig came at 17 and remained a passion in college, but took a back seat when he joined the Marines. Injured in Afghanistan, Stephen didn't walk for six months as he recuperated from breaking six lumbar bones in his back. The downtime reignited his songwriting and upon his discharge from the service, Stephen was determined to develop a career in music.

Drawing on influences including Conway Twitty, Brooks, Bare and Alabama, Cochran honed his songs and his live shows to earn a determined fan following. His album debut, as yet untitled, was produced by noted Music Row producer and publisher Jim Allison. The release is due in early January.

Many of the songs were written with close friend Isaac Rich, younger brother of Big & Rich's John Rich. Isaac, in fact, co-wrote the lead single "Friday Night Fireside." The album also features a duet with American Idol finalist Lindsey Cardinale.

"If anything, this album shows you can play traditional country music as well as new country," Stephen says. "My goal was to build a bridge between newer listeners and those who love the heritage of country. When people hear it, I think they'll be able to find something they like no matter where their tastes fall."

- Elaine Shock


"Friday Night Fireside," the good time debut single from
Aria Records Nashville recording artist Stephen Cochran, has been released
to country radio --marking the official launch of a singer, songwriter and
entertainer who has been building toward this moment his entire life.

Born in Pikeville, KY, Cochran was raised in Nashville where his songwriter
father worked and where country star Bobby Bare became a family friend.
Stephen's first paying gig came at 17 and remained a passion in college, but
took a back seat when he joined the Marines. Injured in Afghanistan, Stephen
didn't walk for six months as he recuperated from breaking six lumbar bones
in his back. The downtime reignited his songwriting and upon his discharge
from the service, Stephen was determined to develop a career in music.

Drawing on influences including Conway Twitty, Brooks, Bare and Alabama,
Cochran honed his songs and his live shows to earn a determined fan
following. His album debut, as yet untitled, was produced by noted Music Row
producer and publisher Jim Allison. The release is due in early January.

Many of the songs were written with close friend Isaac Rich, younger brother
of Big & Rich's John Rich. Isaac, in fact, co-wrote the lead single "Friday
Night Fireside." The album also features a duet with American Idol finalist
Lindsey Cardinale.

"If anything, this album shows you can play traditional country music as
well as new country," Stephen says. "My goal was to build a bridge between
newer listeners and those who love the heritage of country. When people hear
it, I think they'll be able to find something they like no matter where
their tastes fall."
- Neil Haislop's Nashville IQ


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 7, 2008

CONTACT: Elaine Schock or Meredith Louie
Shock Ink (818) 385-1051

Rising Country Star Stephen Cochran Joins Fellow Veterans On The "Road to Recovery"

Nashville – As he has done countless times over the past year, Country music's Stephen Cochran will take time out from non-stop touring in support of his critically acclaimed, self-titled debut release to join with his fellow veterans. From December 7 to 11, Cochran will be at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort, in Orlando, Florida for the 5th Annual "Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute."

A decorated Marine veteran of campaigns in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Cochran, like thousands of his fellow returning veterans, suffers symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A self-described "workaholic," he has overcome severe back injuries and fought his way back onstage to become one of country music's hottest up-and-coming artists. But the Aria recording artist, who donates much of his time and talent to returning veterans, understands that some wounds heal slower than others.

"Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been around since there have been wars," Cochran says. "They used to call it shell shock, and now we have a clinical name for it. I'm still dealing with it myself, and I'm willing to step out and say, 'I have PTSD, and hopefully we can walk this path together."

Presented by the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, the "Road to Recovery" conference sponsors annual, all-expense-paid events providing wounded soldiers, their families and caregivers with one source of information regarding benefits, insurance, healthcare, financial support, career counseling and employment opportunities. This time around, Cochran will attend as both a surprise guest performer and as a patient.

"I am so proud to be a part of 'Road to Recovery' and amazed to have this opportunity to benefit from these unique services and serve as a performer as well," Cochran says. "These men and women have given up a part of their lives just so that we can live ours."

As this year's "Road to Recovery" surprise guest artist, Cochran continues a tradition established by his fellow country artists like Toby Keith and Lee Ann Womack. For more Stephen Cochran news and tour dates, visit www. stephencochran.com.

- Press Release


CONTACT: Elaine Schock or Meredith Louie
Shock Ink (818) 385-1051


COUNTRY MUSIC'S STEPHEN COCHRAN TO BRING BIG THANKS AND GREAT MUSIC TO RECOVERING VETERANS

Decorated Marine Will Spend Thanksgiving at Palo Alto VA Hospital

Nashville – Having spent the last year touring relentlessly in support of his self-titled hit debut album, you might expect rising country star Stephen Cochran to be heading back to his home in Nashville for a well-deserved holiday break. But for Cochran – a decorated Marine veteran of hard-fought campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan – rest and relaxation are just not in the cards. Instead, the Aria Records artist will spend all of Thanksgiving day with his fellow veterans at the VA inpatient facility in Palo Alto, California, doing what he does best, playing and singing real, heartfelt country music.

"These veterans have already given their all for our country and sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy the freedoms so many of us take for granted," Cochran says. "So, when I stop to think about the things I'm thankful for over the past year, these brave men and women are at the very top of my list."

Returning home from Afghanistan with severe and debilitating back injuries, Cochran dove into his music, fought his way back onstage and released a critically acclaimed 2007 debut that instantly established him as one of today's fastest rising country stars. Earlier this year, the singer/songwriter was spotlighted in a People magazine feature story on famous country singers who have served their country, and with his recent television appearances, including guest spots on Fox TV's "Fox and Friends" and on ABC's "Good Morning America," Cochran went out of his way to honor and show his support for the military and their families. But, as his relentless efforts on behalf of America's veterans vividly attest, Cochran's commitment goes deeper than most.

"I've been forced to trade in my rifle for a guitar," Cochran says. "But I'm just as dedicated as ever to the cause of honoring and assisting my fellow veterans wherever and whenever I can. This is sure to be my most memorable Thanksgiving day."

For news and up-to-the-minute touring information, visit www.stephencochran.com.


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- Elaine Schock


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 30, 2008

CONTACT: Elaine Schock or Meredith Louie
Shock Ink (818) 385-1051

Country Star Stephen Cochran Brings Patriotism And Pure Country to ABC's "Good Morning America"

Aria Recording Artist To Perform Live For Presidential Candidate John McCain

Nashville – With the presidential election just days away, country's Stephen Cochran is – as always – letting his one-of-a-kind voice be heard. A decorated Marine veteran of campaigns in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Cochran returned home suffering a severely broken back and mourning the loss-in-battle of his best friend, Marine Corporal Ron Payne. Having fought his way back onstage, onto the charts and into the hearts of legions of fans, Cochran has worked tirelessly for his fellow veterans, so it's only fitting that he salute his fellow war hero, Presidential John McCain. On Friday, October 31, Cochran will appear with the Arizona senator at Youngstown State University's Beeghly Center to perform his hit single, "Friday Night Fireside," a country-rocking tribute to an all-American good time. The event will be broadcast live on ABC's "Good Morning America."

"As an American and as a Marine veteran, I could not be prouder than to be standing up and performing for a man like Senator McCain, and I feel priveleged to be able to honor him in this way," Cochran says. "I've met and worked with so many veterans, every one of them a war hero, and John McCain's story is an inspiration to each and every one of us."

Even as he has built his highly successful career in country music, Cochran has raised thousands of dollars and changed countless lives for the better through his tireless efforts on behalf of his fellow veterans. On Friday, November 7, the singer will join event sponsors Microsoft and the USO at the second annual "Salute to the Troops," a Veterans Day weekend event saluting the U.S. Military and their families with a special performance of the Radio City Christamas Spectacular and a weekend in New York City. The singer will join other celebrities including Carmen Electra, Miss Teen USA Stevi Perry, Fred Baxter, Burguss Owens, Orfeh and Ben Bailey, performing at the event's Welcome Reception at the Hard Rock Café.

"I'm coming to New York to pay tribute to my fellow veterans and bring some real country music to the Big Apple," Cochran says. "I guess it doesn't get any better than that."

For up-to-the-minute tour dates and information visit www.stephencochran.com.

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- Elaine Schock


Stephen Cochran will appear in the November 24, 2008 issue of Country Weekly (2 page feature). The issue of Country Weekly hits the stands on November 24th featuring Stephen as a country star and U.S. Marine. This issue is called Tribute To America and the Troops. - Country Weekly


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2009

CONTACT: Elaine Schock or Meredith Louie
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STEPHEN COCHRAN’S COUNTRY MUSIC STAR RISES AS HE RAISES FUNDS FOR VETERANS
Latest Single “Wal-Mart Flowers” Featured in People Magazine

Nashville – With a new single, "Wal-Mart Flowers," currently hitting the airwaves, rising country star Stephen Cochran has been burning up the road and running back to the studio lately to complete his highly anticipated sophomore album. But this Memorial Day weekend, the singer will put everything on hold and head to Pasadena, Texas to help severely injured servicemen and women. As a decorated Marine veteran of campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, Cochran is proud to be part of a concert event dedicated to raising funds to build new homes in the Texas Bay area for severely wounded service members.

Co-sponsored by the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, the Bay Area Builders Association, KILT-FM, and Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo Association, the "Bands for Brothers and Sisters Concert" will feature Stephen Cochran and his band, the New Country Outlaws, sharing the stage with Texas favorites the Randy Rogers Band, Todd Fritsch, Cowboy Troy, Todd Phelps, Roger Creager and Official MC, JR Martinez, familiar to daytime TV fans as Brot Monroe from ABC's All My Children. The concert event will take place during Memorial Day weekend on May 23 at the Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo Grounds.

Cochran is also excited about his participation in "I-ROQ Baghdad," the second annual ROCKBAND 2 tournament designed to assist in improving morale, welfare and recreation of the U.S. Armed Service Men and Women housed at Victory Base Complex Baghdad. MTV Games, Adopt-A-Soldier Platoon and Microsoft Federal Marketing in partnership with Xbox 360 have brought back this exciting tournament to the troops for a second straight year. Cochran will be one of several celebrities recording video "shout-outs" to the troops. He will be taping a troop dedication live from the stage during a June 5th concert in Louisiana.

"My country music career is important to me, and I work hard at it," Cochran says. "But I know that I would not have the freedom to pursue my dream without the huge sacrifices made by the brave men and women of America's armed forces. I'm proud to be able to help in any way I can."

Throughout his fast-moving career, Cochran has taken every opportunity to do just that, going out of his way to perform countless benefit shows for his fellow veterans and raising funds to improve their lives and help them re-adapt to civilian life. Along the way, he's become one of country music's brightest lights. In fact, the singer/songwriter is featured in the current issue of People magazine. The magazine featured Cochran's latest single, "Wal-Mart Flowers" in one of their most coveted spots as a "Download This Now" pick. For more Stephen Cochran news, information and up-to-the-minute tour dates, visit www.stephencochran.com.

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- Shock Ink


For Immediate Release
September 5, 2008

Contact: Elaine Schock, Shock Ink (818) 385-1051

COUNTRY STAR IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN WAR HERO STEPHEN COCHRAN
RELEASES TRIBUTE SINGLE TO FALLEN SOLDIER

Stephen Cochran is determined that Marine Cpl. Ron Payne will not be forgotten, that his death in Afghanistan was not in vain. It's a personal mission for Cochran, who served alongside Payne and who very nearly was killed himself.

Cochran, a rising country star, survived his tour but broke his back in combat and was paralyzed for nine months. Raised on the fringes of Music Row in Nashville where his songwriting pop, Steve Cochran, had friends like Bobby Bare and Del Reeves, country music was in the former Marine's bloodline. And while he healed from his wounds, he put his thoughts and memories into words and music. The result is his self-titled album and the single, "When A Hero Falls," that will be a special release to country radio and available at Play MPE in time for the anniversary of the events of 9/11. Stephen’s current single, “Thinkin’ I’m Drinkin’,” is climbing the country radio charts and continues to grow.

Of course, “When A Hero Falls” was inspired by Payne's death but Cochran is dedicating it not just to Payne but to the memories of all the men and women who have made the sacrifice since the attack on the World Trade Center fueled the patriotism in their hearts.

Cochran, who now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -- a condition he shares with veterans of many wars, was among those young people who enlisted after 9/11. He returned from a tour in Iraq in one piece but was not as lucky in Afghanistan. But he knows he was more fortunate than his friend, Cpl. Payne.

The singer will be going to Dallas on Sept. 13, not as a performer but as one of the wounded veterans being honored at a benefit hosted by Gary Sinise. The actor, best-known for his role as Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump" as well as his starring turn on "CSI: New York," is a veterans' activist.

And Cochran's not just sitting safely at home. He is going with Armed Forces Entertainment to bring music to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan Dec. 28-Jan. 14. Before he embarks on that journey, he will be participating in a Road to Recovery program Dec. 7-10. The mission of that program is to bring together wounded veterans who try to draw strength from each other. Cochran will be attending as a proud Marine veteran but at the close of that convention he and his band will perform, living proof that life goes on after PTSD. He remains proud of his comrades and of his own accomplishments spurred by the love of his country.

"I love the Marine Corps," he says. "Everything they did for me structured my life and gave me the drive to know that I can do anything I want to do."

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- Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2009

CONTACT: Elaine Schock or Meredith Louie Shock Ink (818) 932-0001

COUNTRY STAR STEPHEN COCHRAN CELEBRATES AN ADVERTISING AWARD AND READIES HIS UPCOMING SINGLE, "WAL-MART FLOWERS"

With New Single on the Horizon, Aria Recording Artist's Innovative Marketing Garners an "Addy" Award

Nashville – Between his recent tour of the Middle East, scores of benefit appearances on behalf of his fellow veterans, and constant roadwork in support of his acclaimed, self-titled debut album, Stephen Cochran has a lot on his plate these days. And while he has built his loyal fan base one gig at a time, some innovative and very cool marketing strategies have helped with the steady growth of the singer/songwriter's career.

One such strategy, created by Nashville's GrassRoots Marketing, recently took home a Silver Addy award from the American Advertising Federation. The award, presented to GrassRoots Marketing at ceremonies held recently in Nashville, recognized the popular online game the company created in conjunction with Cochran's single, "Thinkin' I'm Drinkin'." The game gives fans the chance to upload their photo, which is inserted into a virtual barroom standing next to Cochran. Skilled players watch their faces change the more they "consume," as the rowdy "Thinkin' I'm Drinkin'" plays in the background. With over 60,000 entries annually, the Addy Awards are one of the world's largest and toughest advertising competitions.

Even as he celebrates this latest award, Cochran has found the time to head into the studio and begin work on his highly anticipated sophomore release. In fact, the album's debut single, "Wal-Mart Flowers," is already completed and is scheduled to ship to radio stations on April 13.

"'Wal-Mart Flowers' is one of those special songs that only comes along once in a while," Cochran says. "The first time I heard it, I knew I had to record it and I knew I had to do it my way. That's why I ended up co-producing the record with my longtime producer, Jim Allison. I've never been as excited about a song as I am about 'Wal- Mart Flowers.'"

For up-to-the-minute news and concert information, visit www.stephencochran.com.

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- Shock Ink


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 03, 2009

CONTACT: Elaine Schock or Meredith Louie
Shock Ink (818) 385-1051

Rising Country Star Stephen Cochran "Surprised And Humbled "
By Patriotic Tour Bus Wrap

Nashville — Aria recording artist and rising star Stephen Cochran has kept America's returning veterans in his heart and on his schedule as he sings and plays his way to country stardom. A decorated Marine veteran of campaigns in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Cochran overcame severe combat-related injuries to build one of the genre's most promising careers.

The Nashville-based singer recently returned to the Middle East with his band, the New Country Outlaws, to support and entertain America's fighting men and women. Returning home to Nashville, Cochran was "surprised and humbled" to find his tour bus renovated with a patriotic, red-white-and-blue wrap emblazoned with his likeness and with the logo of saluteheroes.org. The website is the online address for the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, an organization that provides ways for individuals and corporations to help wounded and disabled Middle East veterans and their families rebuild their lives. The organization surprised Cochran with the bus wrap as a tribute to the singer's tireless efforts on behalf of his fellow veterans.

"To come home to this kind of welcome from an incredible organization like the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes is just amazing," Cochran says. "I held one of my own men until he died over there. That's why I've worked so hard for all these organizations here at home, to make this country that we live in the best place for these hereoes to come home to."

Fortunately for fans of great country music, Cochran's also making time to record his highly anticipated sophomore album. The singer is currently co-producing the project in Nashville with longtime producer Jim Allison. The album's debut single, "Wal Mart Flowers," is already garnering raves and making waves at radio, two weeks before it's official April 13 release date. Fans can hear a preview of "Wal Mart Flowers" and catch up on Cochran news and tour information at www.stephencochran.com.

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- Shock Ink


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STEPHEN COCHRAN

Providing full ammo support for C-Company is a bit far-fetched from simply making a C-chord. Dodging multiple bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan and then praying for a single bullet here at home, (at least the Billboard chart variety), may also be a bit confusing.
This walking contradiction comes in the form of singer/songwriter Stephen Cochran, and if you’re longing for the newest flavor of outlaw country, this is one artist you don’t want to miss!
“God puts everybody here for some reason,” said Cochran. “I was bred to do this music!”
Cochran, signed to Aria Records Nashville, is causing a stir wherever he decides to pick up a guitar and share his music. Cochran’s songs reflect the wisdom and depth of an artist twice his age, some revealing experiences that a man his age should never have been forced to endure.
The son of Nashville songwriter Steve Cochran, he was spoon-fed the Nashville scene from an early age. So it was a natural that Cochran grew up with a love for country music, but over and above that, he carried a love for his country. After 9/11, he put his dreams on hold and joined the Marine Corps, serving two tours in the Middle East.
“That’s the way I was raised,” Cochran puts it in a nutshell.
Cochran returned with a broken back, “lucky” he says, compared to the loss of a good friend. His recovery time allowed melodies and lyrics to surface, partly composed to buffer him from the horrors of war.
“My dad always told me to keep it real.” No need to define the word “real,” huh? Stephen Cochran is the real deal!
In true military form, he defined himself on his first CD. The authenticity of a young artist that is not afraid to stare mainstream country in the face and challenge it is so refreshing. The reality that such a young artist has actually lived that music is truly remarkable. Dismissing severe injuries that he himself received, Cochran penned a song titled, “When a Hero Falls” and dedicated the moving ballad to a fellow soldier that never made it home, Corporal Ron Payne.
“My best friend gave his life in service to this country,” said Cochran.
He’s not taking his success lightly and, this early in his career has made it a point to give back to his country as well as his fans!
Cochran is working with the Independence Fund, an organization providing multiple services to returning veterans. He’s made several appearances on behalf of America’s Huey 091 Education Foundation that teaches students about history and citizenship. He’s volunteered his talents for events all across the country in support of our troops, as well as our police and firefighters.
Cochran’s currently in the studios working on his sophomore album.
The next bullet you’ll see from this Marine will be at the top of the Billboard country charts!