Cole Swindell: You Should Be Here...

     Cole Swindell, 2015’s ACM New Artist of the Year winner, is up for the CMA New Artist category this November. His song “You Should Be Here” is his 5th consecutive No.1 single as a solo artist and including his songwriting credits, he has 8 No. 1’s to his name. With more than a billion impressions since its release, “You Should Be Here” is a deeply personal song. Cole wrote the song after the unexpected lost his father in September, 2013. Cole says, “One of the most powerful lyrics of the song is ‘they say now you are in a better place and I would be too if I could see your face.’” He performed “You Should Be Here” live at ACM’s and also at CMA Music Fest as featured in the ABC special “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock” earlier this year and was deeply touched by the number of people who could relate to the song and have experienced something similar in their lives. His follow-up single, “Middle of a Memory,” is already in the Top 15 averaging over 2 million streams weekly and at press time 22 million total streams.

     “Honestly I’m not here a whole lot in Nashville, but when I am I love hanging out downtown.... maybe a little hectic, but it’s cool to go out and you never know who you are going to see. People are so kind here. I also enjoy downtown Franklin. It’s beautiful, small and charming and it reminds me of my home town.” – Cole Swindell

     With all of his success, Cole is still a down to earth guy. He grew up in Glennville, a small town in Georgia, and attended Georgia Southern University where he was a member of Sigma Chi. While at Georgia Southern, Luke Bryan came to perform and the two met for the fi rst time. When Cole moved to Nashville, he said Luke was the only person he knew so he looked him up and they reconnected. In fact, Cole sold merchandise for Luke and wrote songs while they were on the road touring.  Not only does Cole have his own fi ve No. 1 hits to his credit, but songwriting credits for “Th is Is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line, “Get Me Some of Th at” by Thomas Rhett, and several songs with Luke Bryan, such as his No. 1 single “Roller Coaster.”

     Cole is enjoying life in Nashville and vividly remembers his fi rst gig he played in Nashville at the iconic Bluebird Café with Casey Beathard at a song writer’s show. “The music industry reminds me of a small town. The people are so kind and have welcomed me to Nashville,” Cole says, “I like that small town feeling here in Nashville.” When Cole does get the opportunity to hang out in Nashville, he frequents cool little ‘chill spots’ in midtown, 312 Pizza Company in Germantown, and enjoys Crown and a splash of ginger ale at Loser’s Bar. If it’s a nice day, you might even catch him playing a round of golf. Currently Cole is touring with Florida Georgia Line for their “Dig Your Roots” Tour. Th is fall CMT ON TOUR Presents the COLE SWINDELL DOWN HOME TOUR in tandem with the release of his Down Home Sessions III EP. For more information and tour dates, please visit and download You Should Be Here on iTunes.

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30 Sep 2016

By Kathy Fox