TJ Cochran dreamed of moving to Nashville since High School. He told all his friends that’s what he was pursing a career in music.
“But life sort of gets in the way like it does,” TJ said. “I married my high school sweetheart and we had two kids so music took a back seat to them.”
But recently his song “Rome, Georgia” has been getting alot of attention on social media with his video being viewed and shared tens of thousands of times. And it’s all due to TJ’s pride of his hometown. The song celebrates the city and surrounding areas, referencing many locations people would recognize. TJ wanted to acknowledge that although he wasn’t pursuing his Nashville music career, he was content living in Rome.
“It talks about the beginning when me and my wife who was my girlfriend at the time would go across the line to the drive in movie in Centre, Alabama,” Cochran said.”
Cochran performed live on Facebook after writing the song. “That first video was viewed more than 17,000 times,” he said. “I thought that was pretty cool. I started getting messages from people who are from Rome but moved away and they were saying the song made ‘em miss Rome and brought back great memories.” Cochran recordedq second video of the song at The Industry in Griffin. A 30-second video clip of that recording was even more popular on social media than the first video.
“That one was like gas on the fire,” Cochran said. “The first video was shared over 550 times but then this one got more than 35,000 views.”
TJ had an official video created, resulting in thousands of views and messages and calls from people in and around Rome and beyond. “To be honest I’m starting to be overwhelmed,” he said. “One video has gotten more than 60,000 views. So many people are messaging me and my wife. It’s tough to keep up with everything. I need to find a way to get the CD to people. For the moment I’m just going to be selling it at any venue I play.”
His CD contains two songs, “Rome, Georgia” and “Be Found” which is a song about addiction. Cochran switched jobs so he could have more time to dedicate to his music.
“Listen, I know there are a bunch of other musicians who are calling these venues trying to play there so I know it’s not easy to get a gig somewhere,” he said. “I’m just a country boy who likes to play music and I’m very humbled by how much attention this song is getting. I really didn’t think it would take off like it did but I feel very blessed that it did.”