Ashley Cook, rising star of the big loud country music scene, continues to build buzz around her highly anticipated debut album “Shot in the Dark” as she unveils two additional tracks from the record. After announcing the electrifying album on the iconic Grand Ole Opry stage, Cook, known for his velvety vocals and intimate songwriting, gives fans a glimpse of the intense emotional depth of his debut collection with the release of two brand new songs. “Your Place” and “Enough to Go” are now available on all platforms Today’s release exemplifies the wide range of emotion and genuine relatability that listeners can expect from his upcoming record.
Reflecting on the excitement of releasing a 24-song album, Cook said, “One of the most amazing aspects of releasing such an extensive album is that I can really explore different aspects of my experiences and emotions. Sharing it today, focusing on finding happiness after things finally don’t work out. Breakups are complicated, and both ‘Your Place’ and ‘Enough to Leave’ delve into that complexity.”
“Your Place” serves as a charming anthem of self-empowerment and setting boundaries with an adorable music video. Co-written by Cook in collaboration with Jordan Minton and Mark Trussell, this empowering track showcases Cook’s impressive vocals as she regains her strength and power after being abused in a relationship. The dynamic musical arrangement adds a new twist to the all-too-familiar feeling of refusing to sleep in a bed made by your partner.
On the other end of the spectrum is “Enough to Live,” a poignant and emotionally driven track inspired by the wise counsel of Cook’s mother. Describing it as the most challenging song to write on the album, Cook enlisted the talents of Matt Roy and Lauren Weintraub to bring it to life. This heartfelt song explores the difficult decision to walk away from a relationship, with Cook’s emotional vocals grappling with the realization that sometimes leaving the wrong person is the best thing they can do.
Just two weeks ago, Cook provided a glimpse of his debut record with the release of the title track, “Shot in the Dark,” as well as “Taste Like” and the soulful duet “Mean Girl” featuring Colby Caillat. Enchanted the fans . The opening track was highly praised, Holler said, “It looks like ‘Shot in the Dark’ could be the album that propels this fast-rising artist to the next level of country music.”
As the July 21st release date for “Shot in the Dark” approaches, Cook’s debut album promises to leave the pages of his journal open for all to see. With its sweet melodies and genuine lyrics, this collection serves as a testament to life’s roller coaster, inviting listeners to join the journey of raw and relatable moments. One of the longest debut albums by a female country artist, this 24-song project is poised to make a significant impact.
In addition to his musical accomplishments, Cook is enjoying a strong tour, including his first overseas performance at C2C and tours with Cole Swindell, Jordan Davis and Brett Young. Now he’s set to join country megastar Luke Bryan on his Country On tour, which kicks off July 13 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In addition, Cook will embark on his first headlining tour, the “Shot in the Dark Tour,” on August 23 in Panama City, Florida, his home state.
About Ashley Cook:
Ashley Cook, signed to Big Loud/Back Block Music, is an artist who defies easy categorization. He displays a handsome exterior to match a casual-cool demeanor, expertly crafted songs and an unforgettable stage presence. With effortless singing beauty and a bold sense of inner determination, Cook has fearlessly stood up to her male counterparts and united and inspired her female fans.
Above all, Cook has a passion for capturing the magic that lies within a heartbeat, each moment as unique as it is. Despite being in the early stages of his career, Cook has already experienced a lot of success by staying true to himself. Her credits include amassing more than 200 million global streams, chart-climbing hits like “Never Til Now” with Brett Young, debuts on the Ryman and Grand Ole Opry, and a national TV appearance on ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” He also toured with major artists such as Cole Swindell and Luke Bryan, cementing his status as a rising force in country music.
Cook, who hails from Parkland, Florida, draws inspiration from soulful hitmakers like Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Kelly Clarkson. She embraced the power of pop while embracing the depth of country music, writing her first song at age 11.
At age 18, Cook moved to Nashville and enrolled at the prestigious Belmont University. Interestingly, he did not study music, but his life took an unexpected turn when he entered and won the famous Belmont Country Showcase. Determined to pursue music for a year, Cook’s plans were disrupted by the pandemic. Discouraged, he turned to TikTok, where he built a thriving fan base by writing and sharing country music on his own terms.
Now, a new chapter begins on July 21st with the release of their debut album “Shot in the Dark”. Featuring a collection of 24 tracks spread out like pages torn from her personal journal, Cook’s sun-kissed blend of pop country takes center stage. Inspired by true stories of love, heartbreak and everything in between, this album perfectly captures the essence of the brave twenty-something on the journey of growth, chasing dreams and taking risks. With soulful lyrics, catchy melodies and genuine relatability, Cook invites listeners to join him on this transformative journey.