We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlie Cope and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlie, how do you define success?
Success is obtaining your goals. My professional goals are to connect with as many people as possible. After so much time dealing with personal drug/alcohol addictions, fighting with my demons, romantic struggles, and trying to grow and become the adult I wanted to be, I realized how many people were going through similar things and felt alone. I just wanted to connect with them using my music so that they know that they are not alone. I have never cared too much for fortune and fame, and now that I am starting to get it I find myself giving more of it away or hiding more while in public spaces. I only hope that my music can reach and connect with as many people as possible. Every now and then someone tells me how my music has touched them, inspired them, or felt a little bit less like no one could ever understand them. Things like that are so amazing and they get more and more frequent everyday. Hopefully as time goes on I can reach even more people.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been playing music since I was fourteen and I’m currently only 20, it has been a long journey compacted in a few amazing and hectic years. All of my best songs have been true stories, and the songs on my debut album “Americana And Whatever’s Left” are no exception. As you listen to the album you can hopefully tell that there is one larger story being told of an on and off again relationship. Since even now I am still so young, you can tell we are growing up throughout the album and becoming new people. Every lyric, note, and anything else in the album has meaning behind it painting not only one picture, but a series of 14 of them. Getting to where I am professionally I realized that I wasn’t a born talented person. I couldn’t sing naturally, shred on the guitar, write masterpieces, or have general style onstage. So I came to know that if I wanted to make it I had to out do everyone on any level I could outside of natural talent. I worked day and night, playing multiple places a day, going to other people’s shows to learn, gain music and business mentors, read books, took lessons, classes, asked everyone I could meet and I made sure to adapt in any situation. I could talk about the business side for days because I don’t have the natural talent to amaze anyone, but I do have the work ethic to amaze most.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh that is a great question! I honestly don’t do much outside of work, but luckily my work has taken me to some cool spots. You could go anywhere up and down Main St. in Grapevine, some great museums in Dallas, water fountains in Fort Worth, The Reunion Tower (of course), Texas Live Arena, Toyota Music Factory, Bishop Arts District and several other places in those areas.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have so many people to thank for my success. Of course “Someone Special” who has inspired me to write these songs, work so hard, etc. I will also always have a special place for all of my fans and everyone who listens to music and hopefully connects with it. There is no way I’d be playing all of these giant shows, tours, being on magazines and playing with some of my music heroes if it wasn’t for all of the people out there who make it all possible.
All of these photos were taken by my photographer: Haidyn McKenzie