Remember this name, Cole Massey. In my humble opinion, he is a songwriter you will be hearing from for a long time.
The story goes that even though he is known for many different talents, Kris Kristofferson always lists his occupation as songwriter. It’s my view that the songwriters I feature on my posts should do the same.
Cole’s father works with my dear friend, Tom Roe. Tom has always had an ear for great music. When he heard Cole was a songwriter, he suggested to Cole’s dad that he have Cole reach out to me. In our initial phone call there was something about him. I could hear the hunger in his voice. I had a notion he could be really special so I invited him to send me some music. I’m so glad I did.
He is in the midst of writing, recording and producing his debut album. His first single, Not Over is absolutely exploding on Spotify with over 57, 000 streams as of today.
This 20 year old Marketing Management major at Virginia Tech is a busy guy. He balances a full class load while managing to stay creative and always be writing and recording. On our weekly calls I continue to be impressed by not only his work ethic but his love of the craft of songwriting.
When asked why he writes, Cole states: “The cliche answer is that it’s therapeutic for me, but more importantly, it’s been the best way for me to be creative, and get my thoughts out on a page. I always have a melody or a beat in my head, so the words that usually come to my mind are rhyming and rhythmic. I believe in going deeper than what people my age want to hear. I don’t write about girls, partying, and drugs. I write about things that matter to me, I write about problems in my life or in other’s lives.”
Preach it, brother!