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Interview with country singer Scott Coner Special

Posted Apr 1, 2014 by Markos Papadatos
Country singer Scott Coner chatted about his debut country album, which features duets with Tanya Tucker and T. Graham Brown, as well as the single "Feels Like Friday."
Country singer Scott Coner
Country singer Scott Coner
Kristen Van Zant
He noted that the song selection for his CD was done very carefully. "I wanted to have appropriate songs that were fun for everyone, but I also wanted songs that meant something to me. I wrote two of the songs ("Sanibel" and "Maybe She Lied"), but I wanted songs that had a strong melody, a story and a hook. The 'Locomotion' has always been a favorite of mine, and as I've grown up with it, it just kind of turned into the version that shows up here on the EP. There were some outstanding songs pitched to me, and the hardest part was selection. The writers in Nashville are so good that it is hard to put into words," he said.
Regarding his single "Feels Like Friday" and its lyric video, he shared that it was well-liked by everyone. "It has a positive, feel-good, groove. David Lee Murphy, Bob DiPiero and Kevin Fowler wrote the song, so if it didn’t come out good, we can all agree it must have been my fault! Those guys are outstanding and I am deeply honored to sing anything they write," he said.
It is extremely hard for Coner to select a favorite song on the CD. "I have a strong connection to every song on the EP. I was blessed to work with everyone that helped me. Greg Wright, my producer had a lot to do with things coming out so well, and my manager, Billy Holland is quite the perfectionist, and put a lot of effort in to making sure we didn't make any missteps," he said.
His debut album features collaboration with such acclaimed musicians as Tanya Tucker and T. Graham Brown. "Honestly, there is not a day goes by that I don't appreciate both of them. This morning for instance, I was doing an interview at WSM radio at The Opryland Hotel and T. Graham Brown just shows up and sits down beside me to show his support. How cool is that? There is no way I can ever thank either one of them enough. It has been a life-changing experience for me," he said.
Throughout his career, he has worked with veteran fiddler and Grammy-winning southern rocker and country star Charlie Daniels. "Working beside him was very emotional for me. Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd go deep into my soul. He has been a very important musical influence and I look forward to people hearing that music we recorded together. I was just listening to, 'In America' in my truck today. It doesn’t ever get better than Charlie Daniels," he said.
On his plans for the future, he stated, "I have high hopes for music. I have never lost sight of my dreams and it looks like they may be just over the hill a little bit now. Truth is, it's the people we surround ourselves with that allow good things to happen and I have very good people around me. I truly appreciate them all."
Coner concluded, "I have waited a while to commit fully to music. My wife and I have raised two outstanding daughters and maintained a solid marriage for nearly 20 years. I never gave up on my dreams as far as music goes, but I needed to be a hands-on father and husband first. If there is a lesson here, I hope others can look at my situation and apply it to their own lives. Don’t ever give up, no matter what."
For more information on country singer Scott Coner, visit his official website.