Southern-Rock influenced country may seem contradictory in the Great White North, but that's where Devin Cooper hangs his wide-brimmed hat. Cooper kicked off 2023 with the release of his latest single, "The Other Guy," which propelled him to become the most-nominated solo artist at the Country Music Alberta Awards. Garnering seven nominations, including "Album of The Year" and "Fans Choice," Cooper's undeniable talent earned him the title of "Horizon Male Artist of The Year." His unique musical style encompasses thoughtful songwriting and gritty rock 'n roll vocals, creating a signature sound that captivates audiences.
Before his debut album release in spring 2022, Cooper already had five successful singles under his belt. Notably, "Good Things," the lead single from the record, took the spotlight in March 2021 as the #1 most played song on CBC Sirius XM Country during its release week. Following the album's release, Cooper's talents secured him a spot as a Semi-Finalist in Sirius XM's Top of The Country program. It was during this program that he recorded "Underdog," an anthemic track celebrating resilience and determination. Blending country and rock 'n roll elements with down-home banjo and 1980s drum tones, Cooper's music offers a taste of his unique style. Unapologetically, he embraces country music on his own terms.
Cooper's stage presence is well-established, having performed over 500 shows across Canada since 2018. Sharing stages with renowned acts like Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Jade Eagleson, Brett Kissel, Arron Pritchett, and Gord Bamford, Cooper has solidified his place in the industry. Beyond his performance skills, he has also demonstrated his songwriting prowess, having penned over 200 songs. Notable achievements include co-writing the duet "Encore" by ANNIKA x Brett Kissel and having a co-written song featured on Ryan Lindsay's CCMA-nominated album, "The Ride," in 2021.
Apart from his music career, Cooper has a deep-rooted commitment to giving back. Inspired by his mother's dedication as a Registered Nurse in long-term care, he began volunteering at the Continuing Care Facility in Olds, AB, providing music for residents. Witnessing firsthand the positive impact music has on those living with Alzheimer's disease, these experiences left an indelible mark on him. In 2019, Cooper launched the annual motorcycle-themed live music event called "Ride To Remember." This charitable event supports the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, raising over $50,000 to date for the areas of greatest need at the society.
As Cooper embarks on the next chapter of his musical journey and life, he eagerly anticipates reuniting with his fans and friends on the road this summer.
"I'm excited for the next chapter of my music and life and can't wait to get back on the road and finally see my fans and friends again this summer. It's been a while for all of us, but I think it's going to feel better than ever to experience live music again, 'cause you know what they say about good things, right?" - Devin Cooper