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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. His vision is simple: to become a commercially successful artist who writes and records pop songs that relate to listeners from an in-the-moment perspective on the subject of love’s wavelike correlation to success and liberation.
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. One of Cornell’s more memorable shows during this time was with Camp Freddy at the Viper Room in Los Angeles with Dave Navarro, Matt Sorum, Mark McGrath, Billy Morrison, Dave Kushner, and Billy Duffy. He remembers that show as the moment he felt accepted as a musician by some of his rock n’ roll heroes.
Cornell eventually migrated to Nashville, and joined the country rock band Blackjack Billy. 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 in 2014 and led to them signing a record deal with Bigger Picture. After years of playing bass and backing other artists, Cornell’s confidence grew along with his quiet desire to start his solo career. Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses soon reaffirmed that desire. Recognizing how the crowd reacted to Cornell’s stage presence during a one-off gig with the celebrity cover band Camp Freddy, Sorum encouraged Cornell to pursue a solo career. Sorum’s encouragement was a crucial moment in Cornell’s career; shortly thereafter, he left the band Blackjack Billy.
Since parting ways from Blackjack Billy, Cornell has moved into what he refers to as his “Blue Period” (inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period, which were career-defining years in Picasso’s artistic career.) Cornell’s Blue Period involves the transformation of himself from a session bass player into a full-time songwriter and recording pop 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. His single “You Pretend,” for example, highlights the inauthenticity of a past girlfriend who valued the relationship status more than him. Having grown up listening to the Rolling Stones, Eagles and Michael Jackson, Cornell’s sound possesses rock undertones, but is packaged in electronic elements found in the music of current pop acts the Weeknd, the 1975, Justin Bieber and Ellie Goulding, as heard in his single “Need to Bleed.” Taking cues from the beginning days of rock n’ roll, Cornell intends to release his music as it is completed via the single release method, and in correlation to seasons within his career. Looking forward, listeners can expect more singles in 2017.
Cornell’s first year as a solo artist has been eventful. He’s worked hard, but 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. But he can and should be proud of so much more. American Songwriter Magazine selected “Need To Bleed” as a Daily Discovery, Muzooka picked “Need to Bleed” as a Staff Favorite, Pandora voted on and accepted all four of Cornell’s singles, and Nashville’s local independent radio station, Lighting 100, added “Need to Bleed” to their local radio show, The 615, upon it's release and invited him to play their On Tap Showcase. The showcase was his first solo show, and Cornell drew a crowd large enough to fill Tin Roof Nashville.
As Patrick focuses on 2017, his goals are simple: release more music and play more shows. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to stay updated on upcoming projects and shows.
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