When it comes to the music business, in many ways, to quote Kenny Rogers, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away Know when to run.” Many people would argue that if you have any shot in hell of making it in the business you must follow certain guidelines or go with the political music machine. Well to that I say it’s a bunch of bull. Many different artists not only go against the typical music machine, but some have made a name for themselves in the industry and one of those artist is Indiana’s own, Scott Coner.
Scott is an accomplished singer/songwriter who has performed with some of the legends in music: T.Graham Brown, Tanya Tucker, Charlie Daniels and Carol Chase of Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few. Not only is Coner a musician, but he has written several books including “When the Angels Cried” based on his song of the same name talking about domestic violence and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ronnie Van Zant, and I which is the story of the friendship between Gene Odom and Ronnie Van Zant. I recently interviewed Scott Coner and the one thing I learned is how humbled Scott truly is.
Let’s find out more about Scott Coner. Above all, Coner is a family man first. He is married to his wonderful wife Cyndi and has 2 daughters.
Scott got started in 1994 when he released a Christian Country project that was getting airplay around the country and Charlie Daniels was hosting a show called “Sunday in the South” and heard the single, so someone in his management reached out to Scott who was busy, at the time, playing shows around Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Charlie was able to finally get in contact with Coner and the two met up at the little Nashville opry, where Daniels was performing, which was located near Franklin, Indiana, where Scott lives. Daniels sent Coner a pass to get into the green room and after the two talked, Charlie told Scott that he would like to help him.
Coner had traveled to Mount Juliet, Tennessee where the two had recorded some tracks together
and after finishing the tracks there was a twist of fate, John Mellencamp’s band had split up and Larry Cain, who was the guitar player for Mellencamp’s for years, had joined Scott and helped him complete it up in Indiana where the entire album was completed. Scott and his wife, however was expecting their 1st child, so the album which was titled “As the Silver Spills” was never released.
One thing is clear Scott is a family man first. It wasn’t until after raising their two children that he decided to go work in Nashville. He originally went to Nashville with the intention of becoming a writer, but oddly enough, he ended up recording his own material. Little did Coner know he was about to record with some heavy-hitters. The first of these artists was when he had the opportunity to record his song “Maybe She Lied” with the legendary Tanya Tucker.
“Maybe She Lied” came to life when Coner had a friend call him and told him that his girl had left him without any confrontation or any warning, which hit Scott hard. He began writing the song and pictured himself in that situation. He took the song back to Nashville and made it more radio-friendly.
A week or two later he met T.Graham Brown and the two ended up recording the single “Sanibel.” Coner would go on to sign a small record deal with Sony Red out of Nashville where they released a small EP titled “Feels Like Friday,” but even with the building momentum he still wasn’t ready to fully commit to the road until he was sure his family would be OK.
Scott released his first radio single “Maybe She Lied” to radio in 2016, which got rave reviews from many major publications. Interesting fact, with his music, is that Coner doesn’t use a major Nashville Radio Promoter and the reason why is because he wanted the music to be handled by a real person who cared about the music while also having the artist’s best interest at heart.
According to Coner, it’s like going to a big high school where the teacher doesn’t even know all the student’s names and that is what happens in Nashville. When you’re in Nashville you will see a ton of inspiring artists looking for that big break and you get lost in the shuffle, so he feels like an independent promoter will give their whole heart when promoting his music.
Scott is someone that stands on his own two feet musically without the backing of a major label which gives him total creative control of all aspects of his music. He likes to work with people that care about the music and has an interest in legitimately promote his material instead of using their material.
Scott released his third album, on August 28th, titled “Captiva Fallout.” It contains 9 tracks, with 2 bonus cuts. You will soon be able to see him on the road in 2018; however, you don’t have to wait to hear him until then; you can check out his music on Reverbnation and on Soundcloud.
You can learn more about Scott Coner by going to his website www.scottconer.com or by visiting his social media pages: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
If you want to hear “the real deal” check out Scott Coner; he is worth listening to!