Meet Cort Carpenter...
Born and raised in Washington State, rising newcomer Cort Carpenter now resides in Nashville TN. Over the past 4 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". Because Cort is not yet a household name, he continues to go the grassroots style and spread his music and connect with new fans in as many ways as possible. Still looking for his big break, Cort says "My time will come if I keep pushing hard. I hope one of these days the big labels will give me a listen and instantly believe in me as much as everyone else does".
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 leader on the stage, I am doing it all. I'm visualizing my time coming and a label taking me in and helping me do the behind the scenes stuff. 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".
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 a couple years ago." Cort and his band have been slated by many as the "real deal" & "next big emerging act". People pack in to see Cort and instantly fall in love with his charm, his voice, and his undeniable stage presence and connection with fans.
Cort has a brand new CD entitled "On Deck" hitting the market May 13th. "I am so excited to release my sophomore album. My last CD was well respected and even got radio play around the country. This CD I believe is a couple steps up as I have improved, so I am excited to see where it can take me".
In his time away from music, Cort enjoys hanging out with his friends and family and spending time with his fiancée', Kelly. They are set to be 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.
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 says his biggest country musical influences are Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, George Strait, Eric Church, Joe Nichols, & Jason Aldean.
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