Rj Cowdery is a Columbus, Ohio based artist who has solidified her place as a standout in the world of performing singer-songwriters.
Rj confesses to being a late bloomer; while she’s been writing songs for three decades, she only made the life-altering decision to focus on music full-time within the past few years. She’s quickly made up for lost time, garnering songwriting awards at some of the most prestigious festivals in the U.S., including wins at the Mountain Stage NewSong, Kerrville New Folk, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist, and Sisters Folk Festival/Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest.
Cowdery's songwriting is widely – and wildly appealing. Her lyrics are unpretentious and warm with wry humor punctuated by some seriously sassy guitar work. She writes about some of the most difficult of emotions in a way that allows listeners to lean in hard against her honeyed voice, and then come out the other side changed.
Rj has played her way across North America gaining new fans and friends everywhere she goes. Highlights include National Public Radio's Mountain Stage, The Kerrville Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and The Vancouver Island Music Festival.
Her new album, WHAT IF THIS IS ALL THERE IS (2019,) produced by Amy Speace, has been receiving high marks. Amos Perrine, of No Depression says that
Cowdery proves the you do not need to live in a hotbed of musical creativity, or a trendy locale, in order to make outstanding music. On this, her fourth album, she continues to be the consummate “folksinger,” without the chains of irony or the desperate pleas of the young thinking they are the first to climb that mountain and see the river below.
Ohio’s Rj Cowdery has solidified her place in the world of performing singer-songwriters, garnering accolades at major performing songwriter contests across America. (Kerrville New Folk, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Sisters Folk Festival…)
She plays guitar like she means it, stringing chords together and developing melodies built like a proverbial brick house, then pours over it all with a voice like butter.
Her unpretentious style will draw you in and keep you there. Her lyrics are sincere and plainspoken as if she’s peeked inside your life and leaves you wondering how she knew that about you.
Since making her leap of faith to become a full time working artist a little over ten years ago, after three decades of writing, she hasn’t looked back. Her new recording, What If This Is All There Is, produced by Amy Speace has been causing a commotion all over the place.