Nashville, TN – Last year Stephen Cochran and his Kentucky buddy Mark Melloan wrote a song â€œAlone On Christmasâ€ dedicated to our military personnel and their families who wait for them on the homefront. This year the song has been released on iTunes for $.99 and all proceeds for the song will go to the Semper Fi Fund!
Stephen Cochran joined the Marine Corps shortly after 9-11 and served with Light Armored Reconnaissance division in Iraq. He then served a second tour in Afghanistan, where he was injured while on security patrol outside of Kandahar. He awoke in a hospital in Bethesda, MD with the news that his back was broken in 6 pieces.
As doctors were ready to fuse his back together and he was preparing to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, a nurse (overhearing a conversation about Stephen) suggested they try a kypoplasty. After 9 months of not walking, and 4 lbs of cement in his back, Cochran took his first step back toward his music career and used his recovery time well, digging deep to reignite his passion for songwriting.
While Stephen was injured, the Semper Fi Fund was there for him and now Stephen wants to pay the favor forward and help the Semper Fi Fund and his fellow injured Veterans. We are so proud of Stephen and his recovery, and the inspiration he gives to other severely injured service members.
The song is a duet by Stephen Cochran and Annabelle Bainum. Please download “Alone on Christmas” now and support those who wrote a blank check to the United States and went to protect us so we could live the life we live here in Americaâ€¦ the greatest country in the world!!
To learn more about Stephen’s music, please visit his web site: www.stephencochranmusic.com
If great country music is still built on a foundation of real-life stories and soul-deep family tradition, Stephen Cochran was born to the breed. With a Music Row pedigree, a soldierâ€™s sense of purpose and a lifetimeâ€™s worth of stories, this singer/songwriter exploded onto the country music scene in 2007 with a critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album that captured the hearts of fans, critics and a lot of everyday heroes.
Born in Pikeville, Kentucky and raised in the creative heart of Nashvilleâ€™s songwriting and recording community, Cochran watched his Dad, known as Steve Cochran, wrestle with the machinery of Music Row as a struggling songwriter and artist back in the â€™70s. Country greats Bobby Bare and the late Del Reeves are just a couple of the characters that drifted in and out of the Cochran home.
Cochranâ€™s life on his way to his own country music career is about as real as it gets. Following the tragic events of 9/11, with his career just getting off the ground, Cochran did an about face, joining the Marinesâ€™ Light Armored Reconnaissance division and headed straight to Iraq. On his second tour, he was injured while on security patrol outside of Kandahar in Afghanistan. He awoke in a hospital in Bethesda, MD with the news that his back was broken in 6 pieces. As doctors were ready to fuse his back together and he was preparing to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, a nurse, overhearing a conversation, suggested instead they try a kypoplasty. After 9 months of not walking, and 4 lbs of cement in his back, Cochran took his first step back toward his music career and used his recovery time well, digging deep to reignite his passion for songwriting.
â€œI love the Marine Corps,â€ Cochran says. â€œEverything they did for me structured my life and gave me the drive to know that I can do anything I want to do.â€
In a town where an artistâ€™s â€œstoryâ€ is routinely embellished by teams of publicists, Cochranâ€™s background is as refreshingly real as his music. His debut garnered critical raves and respectable airplay, but it only hinted at the power and the depth of Cochranâ€™s upcoming sophomore effort. With its infectious summertime chorus and making-the-best-of-the-bad-times message, leadoff single â€œWal-Mart Flowersâ€ is generating fan excitement and lighting up radio request lines since its official April 13 release.
At every step along the way, even as heâ€™s built one of country music most promising careers and lived the non-stop touring life of a new artist, at every turn Cochran has taken time and leveraged his newfound celebrity status to benefit his fellow veterans. One example is his work with the Coalition to Salute Heroes, an organization that provides tools and therapy to returning veterans. He has also made it no secret that he, as many veterans do, suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Cochran is currently working with the VA to help get the word out to fellow Warriors that there is an explanation to why they feel the way they do.
â€˜Because of PTSD, Iâ€™ve lost more friends to suicide and destructive behavior than I did in the Middle East because people just donâ€™t know.â€™ says Cochran. â€˜Its not just our returning Service Men & Women that need to be told, but also their families and how to deal with it.â€ Cochran always sets aside time to play countless benefit shows that have help raise funds for many veteran programs in hopes it will assist them in getting them the help they need.â€™
â€˜The way I was raised was to be thankful to this country for being able to do our dream, and my dream is music,â€ Cochran says. â€œThese soldiers and their families have sacrificed so much for this great country, and itâ€™s an honor and a privilege to do whatever I can whenever I can to salute them and to help them.â€™
Between road gigs, Cochran has been in the studio co-producing his upcoming sophomore album, working on a book of his memoirs, developing a TV show and cant wait for you to hear his follow-up single to â€œWal-Mart Flowersâ€,
â€œPiecesâ€ which talks about putting the pieces of your life back together. Having filmed and helped co-produce the video for â€œWal-Mart Flowersâ€ in front of a rowdy, packed house full of fans at Chevyâ€™s Niteclub in Hammond, Louisiana, Cochran is anxious to get his new songs out there and take on the world, one honky-tonk at a time.
â€˜My goal all along has been was to build that bridge â€“ between the newer country listeners who want to rock a little and those who love the heritage of country,â€™ Cochran says. â€˜I really believe God puts everyone here on earth to do something, and I know I am here to do this music.â€™