“Turn it on, turn it up and let the music soothe your soul.” – Kerriann Curtis, IMR Magazine
Jayess, Mississippi native Cole Powell entered the music scene with his 2011 debut Thanks For The Broken Heart, an album which Music Emissions described as a hybrid of “rock, pop, blues, and country, with a twist of jazz.” The record received positive reviews from critics in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, with IMR Magazine selecting the opening track “Stay” for the April 2012 edition of Indie Overdose, a monthly, “best of indie” feature.
In 2012, Powell and his band The Revivals served as the “after-party” act for Jimmie Van Zant at the Fire on the Water Festival.
In 2014, Powell’s sophomore effort Unfiltered hit #92 on the iTunes U.S. Singer/Songwriter chart and received praise from the likes of WORDKRAPHT and Divide and Conquer. That same year, Powell opened for Billboard-charting country artist Chris Janson at the 40th annual Atwood Music Festival and formed Southern music trio Mississippi Good Night with wife/singer Brittany D and long-time friend and drummer Zack Farnham.
Also in 2015, Powell co-founded Southern Senses, an online publication dedicated to showcasing the best music and cuisine from the Southern United States. As editor for the site, Powell had the pleasure of interviewing real-life rockers and Get on Up extras The StoneCoats and retired NFL tight end Reggie Kelly.
Though steadily gaining career momentum, Powell retired from performing in 2016 to focus on other areas of his life.
In 2017, Powell appeared as featured vocalist on Southern Rocker J. F. Oakes’s “A Devil’s Bullet.”
In 2018, Powell was tapped to provide a new song for the independent drama film The Band Forgettable, currently in post-production.
During the summer of 2019, Powell’s third album, Redux, was released as two, digital EPs, with part II charting in the top 50 of the iTunes U.S. Singer/Songwriter Chart. Multiple extended editions featuring different combinations of bonus tracks were released across various platforms fall of the same year.
Redux II also won the 2020 Josie Music Award for EP of the Year, while “Company (feat. Brittany D),” from Redux I, garnered a JMA nod for Best Musical Collaboration.
During the 2020 COVID pandemic, Powell, Brittany D, and long-time friend and guitarist Kyle Graves began working on studio material under the name Southern Gentry Music Review. The group released their debut single, the Powell-penned holiday tune “Christmas Alone,” on December 8, 2020.