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article imageInterview with country singer Cole Swindell: 'Chillin' It' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Nov 26, 2013 in Entertainment
What do country singers Cole Swindell and Martina McBride have in common? They have both sold merchandise for country mega-stars prior to inking their record deals.
McBride has sold T-shirts for Garth Brooks back in the early 90s prior to becoming one of country music's premier female vocalists, and Swindell worked for Luke Bryan prior to signing to Warner Music Nashville, which is home to such singer-songwriters as Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge, Charlie Worsham, among other talented country acts.
Cole Swindell took some time from his busy schedule to talk about his single and upcoming show in New York City at Madison Square Garden, where he will open for reigning Academy of Country Music (ACM) "Entertainer of the Year" Luke Bryan.
Swindell's latest radio single "Chillin' It," which he co-wrote with Shane Minor is already a country hit, thus sitting at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay Charts, after charting for 18 weeks on the charts. "This was one song that I had just a title for in my head. I was writing with my buddy Shane Minor and he started playing this little groove and we took it from there. We got this song in one sitting and it is doing really well. We couldn't be happier," he said.
He continued, "Country music in general is progressing and I cannot wait for people to hear my whole album. 'Chillin' It' has a newer sound to it and it's a feel-good song. In the album, I get to show different sides of me and different sounds. I am working hard to get it done."
Regarding his single's chart success, he exclaimed, "That is insane. It doesn't happen like that every time for new artists. To have this much support this early is unheard of. I cannot thank the folks enough. I am very thankful."
For Swindell, it is a dream come true to be on the Warner Music Nashville record label, especially since he is on the same roster as Randy Travis, who happens to be one of his greatest musical influences in life. "Randy Travis was my first concert ever. When I was a kid, I remember my grandparents took me to see him. He was one of my favorites growing up," he said.
His song "Chillin' It" can be heard regularly on New York's country radio station, Nash FM 94.7. "I cannot wait to get up there and visit next year. I will be there with Luke Bryan and Lee Brice playing at Madison Square Garden," he said. "I am glad to be a part of this tour. Luke sold out this tour in 5 minutes. We are going to give it all we've got. It's going to be fun."
A native of Georgia, Swindell has penned songs for such country artists as Luke Bryan, Craig Campbell, Thomas Rhett and former American Idol winner Scotty McCreery ("Water Tower Town").
Swindell listed country queen Reba McEntire and bluegrass sensation Alison Krauss as his dream female duet choices, as well as veteran country songstress Patty Loveless. "A duet with Patty would be amazing. I really love her song 'You Don't Even Know Who I Am,'" he said.
For more information on country singer Cole Swindell, visit his official website.
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