March is Women's History Month and today (March 8) is International Women's Day. To mark the special month of history, Ashley Cooke came on The Bobby Bones Show to talk about her new music, how she’s not the girl from TikTok anymore, and the full-circle moment that occurred with her current single “It’s Been A Year.”
During Cooke's senior year at Belmont University, she entered a contest called the ‘Country Showcase’ to perform some of her original music and one cover song. The contest showcases emerging artists, and people who have won it in the past are Brad Paisley, Chris Young and Florida Georgia Line. Cooke won the competition and took it as a sign to focus solely on music after graduation. Until the pandemic hit, she had no gigs and was forced to go live back home with her parents in Florida. That’s when she discovered TikTok and started posting some of her music on there to get it out into the world in hopes she’d gather a fan base. Her songs and videos went viral leading her to sign a record deal with Big Loud and go on tour with Cole Swindell twice. All though TikTok is where Cooke got her start, she’s expanded to more than just being only big on the app. Social media and TikTok have been a really big and beneficial tool for newer artists like herself, but being able to make a career outside of it was always the goal she said.
Fast forward to today, and Cooke is working on a lot of new music and getting ready to go on Brett Young’s “5 Tour, 3, 2, 1,” with Morgan Evans. It has been quite a life changing year for Cooke, so it only felt fitting to name her current single, “It’s Been A Year.” The day she wrote it she was on her way to a writing session when she got a call from her mom saying her grandmother had cancer again. Cooke realized it had been a year since she last saw her grandmother. When she got to the studio she tried to forget about the news until the co-writers Brett Tyler and Will Weatherly pitched the idea of a breakup song called, “It’s been a year.” She said the moment was too coincidental to not bring up the news she had just received about her grandmother. That’s when she reimagined the idea of the song to be about how much her life has changed in the past year. The day the song was released, Cooke received the news that her grandmother went into remission and called it a full-circle moment.
Cooke’s word for the year is “balance.” She said last year she really put her head down and went to work. This year, she’s taking time to do more than just work. She knows it will be a crazy year with her touring schedule, but she’s focused on finding the balance between work and life. Cooke also shared that she just got a new jeep that she’s very excited about. It’s the stock version right now and she hopes to get a 3.75 lift on it soon. She has done her research on how high you can lift a jeep so it still fits under in city parking garages and knows 3.75 is the max you can go. There is a tradition amongst Jeep owners to “duck” each other by leaving rubber duckies on a Jeep when you see one. Cooke said people have started to bring rubber ducks to her shows with the show date and location written on it and she loves receiving them.
With the newfound fame, Cooke is learning to keep parts of her life private. When she does a Q&A on Instagram and people ask about her relationship status, she just ignores it. Saying, “It’s good to keep some things private now that life is more public.” In honor or International Women’s Day, Cooke said her biggest hero in her life is her mother, who has supported her to chase her dreams since day one. While in studio, Cooke also performed two songs; her new single, “It’s Been A Year,” and her song “Getting Into,” which she said is about what it’s like to date her.
Cooke is about to perform at the C2C festival in the U.K. before joining Brett Young on his 5, Tour, 3, 2, 1 tour starting March 30th. Then she will be joining Luke Bryan on his Country On Tour in July. For more information visit AshleyCooke.com.