According to the man himself, "music is not only my life, it's my soulmate." Country singer and Nashville Star 2004 winner Brad Cotter grew up in Auburn, AL, with a preacher for a father. Singing in the church's choir introduced Cotter to the way music can touch people's hearts, and he decided it was what he wanted to do the rest of his life. Between the ages of 11 and 17, he released five gospel albums where he sang, but he was still learning to play piano, guitar, drums, and bass. At age 25 he started freelancing his voice for demos and began writing songs for the Warner/Chappell and EMI Music companies.