Meet Cort Carpenter...
Born and raised in Washington State, emerging country newcomer Cort Carpenter
now resides in Nashville TN. Over the past 4 1/2 years, Cort continues
to "wow" country music crowds across the country. Playing some
of the nation's biggest festivals and country music clubs, the people
pack in to see his show when the band is on tour. When not on tour, Cort
and his band stay tight by performing in the Nashville honkytonks a few
times a week. They often play in Nashville's premiere downtown clubs
such as "The Stage", "Wildhorse Saloon"," Legends
Corner" and "Second Fiddle". Still looking for his big
break, Cort says "My time will come if I keep pushing hard. I hope
one of these days the bigger labels will give me my shot”.
An ex-collegiate athlete, Cort works day and night perfecting his craft,
and his overall product. "I know what I have to do behind the scenes
as I mainly work for myself at this time due to costs. From bookings,
to travel, to practice, to shows, to band leader, I am doing 95% of it..
I'm visualizing my time coming and a label taking me in and helping
me do the behind the scenes stuff and letting me focus on the music. However,
my work ethic and drive have come from my
background in sports my entire life, along with my family who raised me to work harder
than everyone else. I love to outwork my competition."
Cort is happy to now call Nashville his home. Cort says "Moving to
the heart of the country music scene was the best decision for I've
ever made three years ago." Cort has been slated by many as the "real
deal" & "next big emerging act" coming up in Nashville.
People pack in to see Cort and immediately fall in love with his charm,
his voice, and his undeniable stage presence and connection with fans.
You will not find a show in Nashville, or on the road where people have
not driven miles and miles to see him play.
Cort has released his brand new single "Let Me See Your Koozie"
and it's becoming a favorite for country music fans nationwide. "This
single has the potential of being a game changer and put me on the map
if enough country fans hear it. I just would love the opportunity to be
heard on this tune, and then see how country music responds to it. I'm
working hard to get it out in as many ways as possible without having huge funding
behind me just yet. That is where I get stuck, but I
continue to try new things."
In his time away from music, Cort enjoys hanging out with his friends and
family and spending time with his wife', Kelly, who were married May
17th, 2014. Cort loves animals and likes to go to the movies frequently.
Cort also loves working out and keeping in shape. Cort is a compassionate
person who is thankful for everyone in his life and everyone who supports
his dream and his music. He is truly a one of a kind soul who appreciates
life and everything around him. You will not find a better all-around
guy than Cort.
You can also say Cort is one of a kind for the fact of his interest in
helping animals. "Anyway I can help get an animal adopted, fed, or
feel safe, I am all about it. I help as many animals as I can & I
learned that from my parents". Cort plans to get involved with more
charities in 2016 and help spread the word in anyway he can. "Adopt
don't shop" is a phrase he uses frequently. "There are too
many animals filling up rescue shelters and other facilities that it is
so sad to me. I always encouarge everyone to go and adopt a pet and save
a life. It's the only way to do it", he says.
He was born July 7th, 1986 in Longview, Washington. He's the son of
two long time legendary high school teachers and former coaches. Cort
has one sibling, an older brother, Rhett, who is in the construction safety
industry in Seattle and a ex-college football stand-out at Central Washington
University. As a youngster, Cort played String bass in orchestra from
the 4th grade until he
graduated high school. Following his mom's talents in art, he also excels in drawing and
painting. Cort has a B.A. in Organizational Communications from the University
of Portland, where he also starred as the starting first baseman on the
baseball team. Cort was nominated as one of the top players for his position
(1st base) in the entire West Coast Conference in 2009. Cort also holds
the wood bat home run record for the NWAACC power house Lower Columbia
College Red Devils. He was also standout 3-sport athlete in high school
where he quarterbacked his football team to state, and set different
records in baseball and basketball. Cort is no stranger to hard work.
Cort was involved in a car accident after
college weeks before attending some major league baseball camps in which he was
invited to attend. Cort had worked his entire life to play professional
baseball, but when a car rear-ended him at a high speed, Cot’s back
was injured and never the same. This accident limited his baseball swing
and big power that came along with it, for which he was known for. A devastating
turn of events for Cort led him to singing for fun locally while looking
for a job, which in turn, led him to a now thriving full blown country
Cort says his biggest country musical influences are Tim McGraw, Dierks
Bentley, Toby Keith, George Strait, Eric Church, Joe Nichols, & Jason Aldean.