Paul Cowderoy grew up on a large sugarcane farm near Murwillumbah that was worked by his father and grandfather for many years. In what is quite typical in the country, Paul was always listening to country music from an early age. This music had a profound effect on his life.
Paul’s first single, After Tonight, which was released at the end of 2011, reached number two on the Kix Country Top 20 and on the Hot Country Top 50. Paul’s second single, Emerald Eyes, gave him his first number one on the 98.9FM All Australian Top 20 Chart early in 2012, the year that marked Paul’s entry into the National Top 30 Chart with Need to Need You making its way to number eight. Cowderoy was also recently named among the Top 5 Capital News Best New Artists in their December 2012 issue magazine.
Paul has also had the benefit of extremely slick and engaging music clips under his belt. After tonight, produced by Justin Morrissey and released in late 2011, and last year’s September release of Now, produced by Duncan Toombs, have demonstrated clearly that Cowderoy is, and will be in the future, a force to be reckoned with on the international stage, with the same universal appeal as the likes of Australian genre notables Keith Urban, Troy Cassar-Daley and Kasey Chambers.
2013 has started with a bang for Paul. With four nominations in the Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards, he walked away from Tamworth as the winner of the Best Male Vocal award. Paul has also just been announced as a finalist in the ISC – International Songwriting Competition – joining Troy Cassar-Daley, Jetty Road and Catherine Britt representing Australia on the national stage.
In 2012 Paul performed at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Urban Country Music festival, various charity concerts, Canberra Country Music Festival and various locations around southeast Queensland. He just performed at the Katoomba Jam for Genes charity concert and played 10 shows this year in Tamworth. In 2013 he is playing the Whittlesea Country Music Festival and the Urban Country Music Festival in Caboolture, just to name a few.
Echonetdaily caught up with Paul this week for a chat about the album and what’s going on right Now.
Before what appears to be a stellar career began, were you destined for a cane farmer’s life?
I don’t think I was hard enough for that life!
Released mid 2012, where was your debut album Now recorded?
Brisbane in early 2012 at FX Productions.
Was there much material you didn’t use?
Yeah, there were a few of my own songs that didn’t suit the brief and about 15 other songs that we could have gone with, but decided they were not up to scratch.
What is your favourite track from the album?
Need to Need You – it’s a personal song about relationships, life and taking risks. It’s one that I wrote myself.
Is the album a departure from the previous recordings?
Yeah. I was involved with a lot of church music for a few years but just wasn’t enjoying it.
Has Now been well received?
Extremely well received. All the singles have charted well and the awards I have won are off the back of the album.
Did you write all of the material for Now?
The album is 50/50 – because there were so many good songs around not to use them.
Which song is the finalist for ISC?
Coming Home from the album.
Where is your biggest fanbase?
My biggest fanbase at the moment is Brisbane due to gigging up there all the time, and western Sydney because of the huge country music following in that area.
What has been the highlight of the last 12 months?
Releasing the debut album, winning the Best Male Vocal award at Tamworth for the People’s Choice, and also making the finals of the International Songwriting Comp all rate pretty evenly.
What are you working on now?
Writing songs for the new album due out early next year.
What’s after that?
A push to radio in the USA and Nashville and Texas in the states to perform.
Who are you listening to now?
Eric Church and David Nail and Troy Cassar-Daley’s new one Home.
Keep up with the Cowderoy supernova at: http://www.paulcowderoy.com.