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New Gotee Records artist Cochren & Co. debuts with 2-song single


Fri, Nov 2nd 2018 03:30 pm
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Gotee Records announces the newest member to its family: Cochren & Co. The singer/songwriter and piano player Michael Cochren hails from Montgomery, Indiana, and released his label debut two-song single earlier this week. It features the songs "Church (Take Me Back)" and "Grave."
As a worship leader at his hometown church, Cochren's piano-based soulful pop sound has been influenced by artists such as Billy Joel, Needtobreathe and Ray Charles. After signing with First Company Management (Newsboys, Ryan Stevenson), Cochren's music was sent to Gotee Records' CEO Toby McKeehan. 
"The soulfulness this man exudes brings pleasure to my ears as well as my heart," McKeehan said. "His passion for the church is so refreshing and real. Michael is a true songwriter, because he puts words to my own feelings and his voice takes us places we all want to go!"
"This is a really exciting step for me!" Cochren said. "I'm a big Christian music fan, and I've personally experienced the way God uses truth in music to draw a person to himself. That's why it's such a dream come true to be able to make music that can impact hearts and encourage the church. Gotee Records and TobyMac have such a successful track record of putting out great music, so I'm truly honored to partner with them for the future."
Earlier this year, listeners were introduced to Cochren's songwriting as a co-writer on the JJ Weeks Band single, "Fools Gold," which charted on the overall Billboard Christian airplay chart. The new songs released were produced by co-writer Bryan Fowler for Man Cub Music House (Chris Tomlin, TobyMac) and recorded at the renowned Blackbird Studios in Nashville with musicians Paul Mabury (Lauren Daigle) and Brent Milligan (Steven Curtis Chapman).
"My goal for 'Church (Take Me Back)' from the start is that it would stir peoples' affections for the church and the local expression of it," Cochren said. "Today it's pretty vogue for Christians to distance themselves from church in order to be relevant, but the church is God's design to spread truth and love. We should be lifting 'Her' up and talking about how beautiful it is when the 'church' is being the church."

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