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,” shares Toby. "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!" says Cochren. "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 today 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), Brent Milligan (Steven Curtis Chapman) and more.
"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," says Cochren. "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."
TobyMac & Diverse City Theatre Tour dates:
11/1 - Roanoke, VA - Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
11/2 - Charleston, SC - Gaillard Center
11/4 - Richmond, KY - EKU Center for the Arts
11/8 - Akron, OH - Akron Civic Center
11/9 - Reading, PA - Santander Performing Arts Center
11/10 - Providence, RI - Veteran Memorial Auditorium
11/11 - Erie, PA - Warner Theatre
11/15 - Lafayette, LA - Heymann Performing Arts Center
11/16 - Beaumont, TX - Jefferson Theatre
11/17 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
11/18 - Shreveport, LA - Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
Source: Merge PR