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What makes Patrick Cornell believable as an artist is his clear vision of who he is and what he is trying to accomplish.

With 15 years of classical training and inspiration from rock n’ roll greats, the Dayton, Ohio native moved to Los Angeles, California to start his music career as a session bassist for hire. He performed various gigs on bass guitar with such notable artists as Dave Navarro (Janes Addiction, Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, Thin Lizzy), Circus Diablo, Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), actress Juliette Lewis, Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver), American Idol’s John Peter Lewis, actors and Blues Brothers Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), singer/songwriter and Dove Award recipient Kendall Payne, and the celebrity cover band Camp Freddy.

Cornell eventually migrated to Nashville, and helped start the country band Blackjack Billy in 2012. They began touring across the U.S., Canada, and Australia as they headlined their own tours, as well as opened for Keith Urban, Thompson Square, and Lynard Skynard. The band’s song “The Booze Cruise” became a hit on Sirius XM’s The Highway, went platinum in Canada and led to them signing a record deal with Bigger Picture. However, after years of playing bass guitar in bands and backing other artists, Cornell’s confidence grew along with his quiet desire to start his solo career. In May of 2014 he left Blackjack Billy.

Since parting ways from Blackjack Billy, Cornell has gone through a transformation from a session bass player into a full-time songwriter and solo artist. Taking direction from the Nashville’s songwriting community and culture, Cornell’s lyrics focus on telling a complete story. He writes from a reflective perspective with the intention of his story relating to a broad audience.

If you ask him why and how he’s accomplished all he has, his response is simple: “It’s God-given.” He argues that none of what he’s accomplished has happened because of anything that he’s done on his own. Still, he’s done a lot. So what is he most proud of so far? “My hair,” he jokes.

As Patrick focuses on the future, his goals are simple: release music and play shows. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to stay updated on upcoming projects and shows.

–Sarah Schumacher, Disney Music Publishing
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