Rj Cowdery is a Columbus, Ohio based artist who has solidified her place as a standout in the world of performing singer-songwriters.
Rj confesses to being a late bloomer; while she’s been writing songs for three decades, she only made the life-altering decision to focus on music full-time within the past few years. She’s quickly made up for lost time, garnering songwriting awards at some of the most prestigious festivals in the U.S., including wins at the Mountain Stage NewSong, Kerrville New Folk, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist, and Sisters Folk Festival/Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest.
Rj Cowdery’s songwriting is widely – and wildly appealing. Her lyrics are unpretentious and warm with wry humor punctuated by some seriously sassy guitar work. She writes about some of the most difficult of emotions in a way that allows listeners to lean in hard against her honeyed voice, and then come out the other side changed. Rj’s made a lot of new friends in this very way and despite the fact that you want to weep from the sweetness of the song she’s playing, you’ll feel better at the end of the show.
Rj is a much sought after performer and guitar player. 2015 was highlighted with performances at The Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower Music and Arts Festival, and The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. She added instructor to her repertoire at The Song School at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and at Columbus Songwriter Workshop. 2016 marked her first Canadian festival performance at The Vancouver Island Music Festival.
With three full-length studio albums, Rj continues to write and has just finished recording a new album of original material for release in early 2019.
SOMETHING FINE (2015), includes eleven songs written by a handful of her favorite writers: Jackson Browne, Nanci Griffith, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Tim Grimm, Johann Wagner, Joe Crookston, Jesse Winchester, Kate Wolf, Sarah and Elizabeth Campbell. Produced by Matt Nakoa and Neale Eckstein.
IN THIS LIGHT (2011) was recorded and released on the Blue Rock Artists label. Produced by Billy Crockett (Daryl Purpose, Cliff Eberhart, Grace Pettis, Beth Wood) at Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberley, Texas. The album features Cindy Cashdollar, Pierce Pettis and Jonathan Byrd.
ONE MORE DOOR (2008) was Cowdery’s debut record produced by West Virginian troubadour Todd Burge. Recorded live in only two days with the venerable Don Dixon (REM, Marshall Crenshaw), and NPR's Mountain Stage house band members Michael Lipton and Amed Solomon.
WHAT IF THIS IS ALL THERE IS A much anticipated recording of original material will be released in early 2019. Amy Speace produced this 10 song album. Recorded in Mt Juliet, TN with Thomm Jutz (guitars, recording. and engineering.) Mark Fain - Bass, Lynn Williams - Drums., percussion, Justin Moses- dobro, fiddle, banjo, Jen Gunderman - keys, Ingrid Graudins, Melissa Greener, and Amy Speace - BGV
"Rj plays a clean guitar, flat picking or strumming and stringing chords together to build melodies built like a proverbial brick house and pours over it all with a voice like butter. Her lyrics are sincere and plainspoken, as one might expect from someone who grew up in small town Ohio." - Vancouver Island Music Festival