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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. 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 helped start the country 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 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.
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 2018, 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.
–Sarah Schumacher, Disney Music Publishing
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