30 January 1972, Austinburg, Ohio, USA. This country singer was raised in rural Ohio, growing up in a music-loving, church-going family. Cochran began singing as a child with her two elder brothers, with the trio giving impromptu concerts for their parents. She later recalled her childhood and her brothers, who both succumbed to cystic fibrosis at an early age, on the song Angels In Waiting. Cochran formed her own band during her teens and after graduating high school and completing vocational training in the early 90s, relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her dream of a singing career. After a long struggle to make her voice heard, she finally received her big break at the end of the decade when she was offered a job writing songs at Warner-Chappell Music. A major label recording contract with Sony Records followed, and in 2001 Cochran released her self-titled debut album. A traditional, ballad-heavy country record, the albums stand-out tracks included the single If You Can, the slow burner Say Goodbye, and the aforementioned Angels In Waiting, which provided the singer with her first country Top 10 hit.
The following years Life Happened repeated the formula to similar effect, and included a second outing for the durable If You Can. The album failed to make Cochran the big star her record company hoped, and by the mid-00s she hard parted company with Epic. A new contract with the Shanachie Records label ensued, but Where I Am (2007) only served to dilute the singers strengths with a vapid country pop production.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.