|Born||November 26, 1973|
|Citizenship||United States of America|
|Years active||2015 - present|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
Coco O’Connor (born November 26, 1973) is an American singer and songwriter from Cullman, Alabama. Best known for her classic country and Indie music, O’Connor is noted for her versatility in music and singing, her music is a reflection of her life, struggles, accomplishments and emotions. She has pushed the boundaries of her artistic expression and quickly began developing her sound.
O’Connor moved to Baltimore with her mother 3 months after high school graduation. In Baltimore, she began to pursue a career in music first as a t.v. host for RockLive and eventually met her first songwriting partner who would eventually become her husband five years later. The pair began to write and record demos and made the move to Nashville where O’Connor would walk up and down Nashville’s historic industry hub (Music Row) dropping cassette tapes of her demos to anyone who would accept them. She released her debut album in 2015 and followed it with a series of successful albums. O’Connor is signed with Bonfire Music Group. She recorded her record “When I Was Your World” at Blackbird Studios and Dog Den Studios and has worked with several renowned music producers including Bill McDermott and Steve Marcantonio.
O’Connor received the 2019 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) for her song “The Devil, A Wounded Man, And Me”. Her songs have been featured on world television - The History Channel, The Craig Ferguson Show, PBS, Netflix amongst others. Until June 2020, she has released 4 albums and they are often played in popular culture.
O’Connor’s popularity was further enhanced by her videos on social media and started garnering a big social media following. She is also known for her live performances and is often seen performing at music festivals.
Early life and education
O’Connor was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1973. She was raised in a small town in the outskirts of Birmingham, in Cullman, which is an hour away from the historical musical town - Muscle Shoals. Coco O'Connor, daughter of Carl B. Daniel and Margie Seymore Daniel, grew up in rural Alabama - Cullman. Her father was a busy man. He owned strip clubs down in Birmingham which required him to travel a lot, resulting in his perennial absence. She only saw him on Sundays. Evidently this became a reason for her parents’ divorce, when she was 10 years old. Two years later, O’Connor moved in with her grandmother and stayed with her for about 4 years. She attended Cullman Middle School, and then graduated from Cullman high school.
In an interview, O'Connor stated that when she was about 10 years old, her mother encouraged her to make her career as a musician. She asked her to follow her heart and learned to write and sing as Dolly Parton. Since the very beginning, O'Connor was a big Dolly Parton fan, who has been a major influence on O’Connor’s music. Career O'Connor played one of her earliest musical performances on the steps of the administrative building at St. Bernard’s on their annual festival. In her early career, she suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which was a result of her being car-jacked while recording her very first full length album. This event led her to quit music altogether for years and find solace in painting. She even got featured in several art galleries in Santa Fe.
O’Connor, eventually dealt with it and embraced music back into her life. She released her first album in 2015. As of June 2020, she has recorded and released 4 albums- Turquoise (2016), This Ol’ War (2018), and When I Was Your World (2020).
O’Connor is also a Crime Victim's Advocate and has spoken at a number of events for NOVA (National Organization for Victim's Assistance).
As O’Connor’s career took off, she did not feel comfortable in her own skin, working in a raving industry life in Nashville. Even though she did move to Nashville to get into the industry, she never felt completely accepted there. Thus, she leaves from time to time on hiatus to gain composure and make world-class music on her own terms. O’Connor spends her hiatus in New Mexico, where she focuses on self-reflection and channels it all in her new album.
In New Mexico, O’Connor writes songs with hit songwriters Mark Narmore and Stephanie C. Brown, who are both in Muscle Shoals. Muscle Shoals is a music community that is much more soulful than that of Nashville, and she feels completely accepted there.
Her songs have been often featured on world television, which includes The History Channel, The Craig Ferguson Show, PBS, Netflix and several others.
O’Connor received the 2019 International Acoustic Music Award for her song, “The Devil, A Wounded Man, And Me.”
O'Connor is married to Taylor O'Connor. The couple have a daughter, Quinn.
O'Connor lost her father when she was in her 20’s and her mother passed away in 2013. Even though she experienced a few ups and downs in her marriage, which is evident in her song “This Ol’ War”, she has been married to Taylor for over 25 years now.
- Turquoise (Satarah LLC, 2016)
- When I Was Your World ( Pinecastle Records/Bonfire Music Group, 2020)
- This Ol’ War (Satarah LLC, 2018)
In the media
- "Song Premiere: CoCo O'Connor's "South of Santa Fe" - C&I Magazine". Cowboys and Indians Magazine. 2018-05-30. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
- Stefano, Angela. "CoCo O'Connor, 'Crenshaw County' [Exclusive Premiere]". The Boot. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
- "Coco O'Connor". Bonfire Music Group. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
- McCarthy, Amy. "Coco O'Connor, 'When I Was Your World' Music Video [Exclusive Premiere]". The Boot. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
- Bullard, Benjamin. "For Blues and BBQ artist Coco O'Connor, a homecoming". The Cullman Times. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
- "SONG PREMIERE: COCO O'CONNOR PAYS HEARTFELT TRIBUTE TO 70S COUNTRY SOUND WITH "ABILENE"". glidemagazine.com. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
- "Official Website". www.cocooconnor.com. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
- "Coco O'Connor's Awe-Inspiring Musical Journey is One for the Ages". finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
- "CoCo O'Connor PledgeMusic Campaign to Benefit the Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary". Grateful Web. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
- "CoCo O'Connor tells great stories on 'This Ol' War'". AXS. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
- "Album Premiere: Edan Archer's Journey Proud - C&I Magazine". Cowboys and Indians Magazine. 2019-07-31. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
- "CoCo O'Connor Reveals Nashville Roots with Santa Fe Charm in 'This Ol War'". MiLLENNiAL MAGAZiNE. 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2020-07-22.