Zach Coffey hooked us on his smooth and powerful vocals last year, with Top 10 single, “I Love You Anyway”. We really liked his sound, and have been eagerly anticipating new tunes ever since. Well we have good news! The wait is finally over! Coffey released his first full-length album on Tuesday, Drive, and it’s exactly what we were hoping it would be! The 10 track album is solid from start to finish and we definitely recommend you get your hands on it! THIS GUY HAS AN OUTSTANDING VOICE!! We had the chance to talk to Coffey about his new record, life on the road, and what he has on the horizon. Check out what he had to say in this Artist Spotlight!
Texas Music Pickers: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Zach Coffey: Thanks to the support y’all have given me, hopefully people are fairly familiar. I’ve been playing on this Texas Music scene for almost 2 years now. I’ve released 3 radio singles, but this is my first album. I couldn’t be more excited about it or grateful for the people who helped make it. Before I moved to Texas I grew up in Yukon, Oklahoma and studied opera at Oklahoma Baptist University. Since moving here I’ve just been trying to hone my writing skills and get out and play for anyone who will listen!
TMP: Who would you describe as musical influences?
ZC: Well, the Eagles are my favorite band. I remember my first concert, pitch black, spotlights coming on, and they started singing Seven Bridges Road. That was my “aha” moment. The moment I said “I want to do that.” I grew up listening to a lot of late 80’s/early 90’s country as well. George, Garth, etc. But, as I got older I would say that I was influenced some by Stoney, Cody Canada, Boland. Those guys were in my backyard, and seeing the honesty in their music was something I couldn’t let go of.
TMP: How would you describe your style of music?
ZC: It might be a little more “contemporary” compared to some other Texas artists. I was told by one promoter that we needed to “dirty it up.” You know…I do me. I am a sucker for really good vocals, and I think my songs reflect that. I always want to keep an integrity in the vocal performance of my songs. Whether you like the songs, the production, whatever it is, I don’t know if you can leave saying “that guy can’t sing.” So, if I were to describe it I would say its modern country music with big vocals.
TMP: Tell us about your recently released album, “Drive”.
ZC: The sentence that seems to sum it up is “it’s about time!” This thing has been a long time coming. Honestly, it was strictly finances that kept us from putting it out sooner. If you’ve seen a live show in the last year, you’ve heard these songs except for 2. Heck, most of our crowd knows all the words. It is a project I’m really proud of. When someone hears it they get a real taste of who I am as an artist. I put a lot of heart into this. I wrote or co-wrote every song but one on this album. It has been a long time coming, but hopefully it was worth the wait.
TMP: So far, how’s the reception of the new album been?
ZC: It just released to iTunes this week, and we’ll have the first physical copies at our shows this weekend. But, the people who have heard it seem to really enjoy it. It’s been fun to hear what everyone’s favorite songs are and see Snapchats and videos of people jamming out to it. It’s been really fun!
TMP: If you had to pick just one song from the album, which song are you the most proud of?
ZC: I think Smoke. It is one of my favorite songs to play. To me, when the crowd is right and people are listening, it is the most emotional song from a musical perspective. It was probably the first songs I’ve ever written that I FELT. I knew the direction that I wanted it to go and I could describe it with imagery instead of saying “more guitar here” haha
ZC: I’m not sure yet. I kind of want to sit back and just let people tell me what they want to hear. Radio is fun, but you look at guys like Isbell and Sturgill…they didn’t do it with a ton of radio. I’m sort of just going where ever the music takes me at this point.
TMP: We really dig the whole album, but the track that really stood out to us the most is “Bring on the Rain”. Can you provide us with some background on that song?
ZC: That was one I had written almost 2 years ago. It’s a crowd favorite for sure. It’s one of our most requested songs. I wish I could lie and tell you a great story about it. I’ll try and make one up and get back to you. But honestly, it was just a song that the melody came to me one day, and I sat down in an afternoon and wrote it
TMP: So far, what has been the highlight of your career?
ZC: There have been a few moments, but the thing that never gets old is looking out in the crowd and seeing someone sing along with my songs. It’s the coolest feeling to be able to remember when and where you were when you wrote down words. At the time you were stressed about if they sounded right, and to be honest, you aren’t sure they do. But, someone thinks they’re perfect the way they are, and they’re in the front of the stage singing along.
TMP: What is your favorite thing to eat while out on the road?
ZC: I love getting home and cooking for myself. I get sick of fast food. I love to cook. So, when I’m out I constantly think…man, when I get home I should make _____. Something about home-made, even if you have to make it yourself, is just better. We actually take a grill and a hot plate when we travel and the band and I cook a lot of our own meals.
TMP: Can you share a funny story with us about something that has happened while out on the road or performing?
ZC: Most of the stories on the road are “you had to be there” kind of things. They probably aren’t as funny as what you think they are, but you couldn’t quit laughing when it happened. We always post our antics on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. So follow me on there and I’m sure we’ll have something for ya!
TMP: What is on the horizon for Zach Coffey?
ZC:I truthfully don’t know. I’ve just tried to focus on music. Of course, I want people to like it, and buy it, and come to shows. But right now I’m just focused on putting out the best product I can and if 10 people like it, that’s 10 more than when I started.
TMP: Is there anything else you’d like your fans to know?
ZC: Come see us. I really love getting to know people. Some of our biggest fans from the beginning are some of our best friends now. I’ve been to their weddings, we go to dinner together, and I know every single one of their pet’s names. To me, I’m not making fans; I’m making friends through music.
Check out our favorite track from the new record, “Bring on the Rain”, below!
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.