There’s always somewhere you can go’: Cooper Alan on his career, touring, and the home of country music

The home of country music has launched another rising star.

Cooper Alan is one of Nashville’s up and comers with over 225 million streams, and 14 million followers across his social media platforms, selling over 85 thousand tickets for his tours and concerts.

He and a few others were in New Zealand this week, giving kiwi audiences a taste of country coming straight out of Nashville in the Country Music Association’s ‘Introducing Nashville’.

“We had CMC in Australia on the books for a while, and then CMA reached out about this event,” he told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking.

“It was a reason to get over here and see Auckland, and kind of get introduced to the fans a little bit.”

That won’t be his only New Zealand performance this year. While the details aren’t set in stone, Alan is certain he’ll be back sometime in October.

“We have potential dates and venues for like, shows down here, it’s just deciding which ones.”

The popularity of country has surged lately, Alan attributing it in part to the worldwide success of acts like Lainey Wilson, Morgan Wallen, and Luke Combs.

“It’s that Lainey song, ‘Country’s cool again.’”

But despite the major success he’s seen, Alan would still describe himself as an ‘up and comer’.

“We’re still kind of in the building phase,” he told the Newstalk ZB host.