Five Minutes With: Country Singer-Songwriter Cole Bradley

For Canadian-born country, singer-songwriter Cole Bradley, life’s always been about summer. Bradley’s greatest memories have been over one too many Jamesons in the backyard and cruising down endless dirt roads. It’s where he’s had his first brush with true love and his toughest of heartbreaks. His summer anthems like, ‘Way I Drink”, “Back On A Beach”, and “Headed Home”, tell the stories of lived experiences and rowdy nights out with best friends that stick with you forever. Reminiscent of country stars like Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, and Brett Kissel, Bradley’s music is hooky, positive and upbeat with an infectious energy not all artists can create. His passion for performing and edgy country sound puts him a step above his peers.

These attributes along with Bradley’s signature vocal style are what make his new five-track EP, Back On A Beach, an anthem-filled banger. Dropping this summer, the EP was written between Nashville, and LA, and produced by Grammy winner Noah Gordon (Keith Urban, Billy Ray Cyrus, Darius Rucker), and Sandy Chila (Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera). It’s a piece of work that embodies how far Bradley’s songwriting has grown since his debut album, My Boots, in 2016. The EP’s second track and radio single, “Way I Drink”, is exactly the fun-filled knockout one thinks of when one hears the name Cole Bradley. Its up-tempo rhythm, fun melodies and crazy lyrics mean business when it comes to getting the party started. It highlights all the stupid things you find yourself getting into on a wild night out. It’s an ode to those who are the life of the party. Whether you’re hearing it at an unruly Cole Bradley concert or you hear it blasting on country radio, “Way I Drink” is about to be your new obsession.

Growing up listening to the likes of Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks, Bradley first graced the stage at the young age of five. Since then he has fostered a passion for performing and sharing his music with others. Having worked with world-class writers and opening for iconic country acts like Thomas Rhett and High Valley among others, Bradley is just getting started. Since his move to Nashville in 2016, he has continued to work on his craft while playing at local venues including the historic Bluebird Cafe where he made his debut in September 2017. Bradley has also played other prominent venues since his move to Tennessee including the Bridgestone Arena, Whiskey Jam, and the Listening Room Café. In 2020, Bradley collaborated with his friends in the NHL to sing along to a previous single, “Party Don’t Start” and the video landed him on the NHL Network. In 2023, Bradley will be rocking the stage opening for Dustin Lynch in Canada and has plans to tour various parts of the country, and the United States including TN, WA, NC, AZ, and FL.

Cole Bradley


Cole Bradley



# of Albums:

1 album and 1 EP

Latest Album:

Back On A Beach EP (rel. June 2023)

Latest Single:

“Way I Drink”

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks!

Favourite musician now:

Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks!

Guilty pleasure song:

All Night Longer by Sammy Adams

Live show ritual:

Pre-game nap, watch some sports, eat, vocal warm-up, do our band chant and then ShowTime!

Favourite local musician:

Joel Fraser. He’s from Calgary and is an incredible producer and guitar player!

EP or LP?

Oh, both are great – we just put out an EP a month so I’ll go with that!

Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl!

Road or studio?

Oh, tough one – it’s a tie. But right now, it’s great to be out on the road!

Any shows or albums coming up?

We just released the Back On A Beach – EP in the middle of June and it’s been so exciting! We’ve already begun a great string of summer shows (in both Calgary and Nashville) to promote the EP and we will be playing the Okanagan and Western US over the next month before fall shows roll around. We are also getting ready to shoot a music video for our new radio single “Way I Drink” so stay tuned for that in the coming weeks!

Where can we follow you?

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | TikTok


Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Mercato – both Mission and West. Phenomenal food and we are always treated like family!

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

17th Ave –great restaurants and bars plus I love Rumble Boxing!

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

The Pirate Park in Signal Hill – OF COURSE! Ha-ha, I grew up two blocks from there, arrrrr!

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

This is so hard – I’ve been so lucky to play a lot of stages in YYC. But the last two years, we’ve had amazing headlining shows at the National Saloon Stampede tent!

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Simon Fisk at Plunge Audio. He makes some of the best in-ears in the world in my opinion!


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