Rj Cowdery is a Columbus, Ohio based artist who has solidified her place as a standout of the next generation of performing songwriters.
Though she wrote her first songs as a teenager, Cowdery took a circuitous path to becoming a full-time artist. She experienced exciting creative breakthroughs followed by distractions and obligations that took her away from her lifelong dream of being a professional singer/songwriter. But it has all paid off in recent years.
Cowdery's past few years on the folk festival trail have been nothing short of extraordinary. She has received major accolades at some of the most prestigious festivals in the U.S., including wins at the 2007 Mountain Stage NewSong, 2008 Kerrville New Folk, and 2008 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist competitions and The Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon.
She has three studio recordings. Her latest is a recording of cover songs. "Something Fine." Eleven songs written by a few of her favorite writers. Songs from Jackson Browne, Nanci Griffith, John Gorka. Cheryl Wheeler, Tim Grimm, Johann Wagner, Joe Crookston, Jesse Winchester, Kate Wolf, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, and one traditional. Produced by Matt Nakoa and Neale Eckstein. Release date fall of 2015.
"In This Light" 2011. Recorded and released on Blue Rock Artists. Produced by Billy Crockett at Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberley, TX. Featuring Cindy Cashdollar, Pierce Pettis and Jonathan Byrd.
"One More Door" 2008. Debut record produced by Todd Burge. Recorded live in only 2 days with the venerable Don Dixon ( REM, Marshall Crenshaw) on bass and two of NPR's Mountain Stage house band members Michael Lipton and Amed Solomon.
Rj is becoming a much sought after performer and guitar player. Highlighted, thus far in 2015 with her first main stage performance at the Kerrville Folk Festival and her third appearance at Wildflower! Music and Arts festival. She will adding her insights as an instructor at The Rocky Mountain Folk Festival/The Song School this year.
The future is bright with opportunities and projects for Rj. She will be recording a new collection of original material this summer for early 2016 release.