Anita Cochran isnʼt just a singer, sheʼs a girl with a guitar! Named after legendary Anita Carter of The Carter Family, Cochran was destined for a career in music. Her parents hailing from the state of Kentucky, Cochran grew up on Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music. Her parents moved to Michigan and formed a band when Cochran was 1 and at the age of 5 she joined the family band as a guitar player/singer. Cochran toured every weekend with the family band eventually leaving them for a solo career when she reached her dream and signed with Warner Bros. Records in 1994.
Her debut record “Back To You” made Country Music History when she became the first female artist to produce, sing, write and play multiple instruments including lead guitar on a debut record. That record garnished her first number one song with a song she penned by herself called “What If I Said”, a duet she recorded with Steve Wariner. The song topped all the charts at radio throughout the US and Canada for the #1 position for two weeks and brought Cochran other numerous awards including CMA and ACM nominations and won the TNN/Music City News Awards (now known as the CMT Awards) for Vocal Event. Cochran quickly became a favorite of the Grand Ole Opry making her Debut in 1997. It also garnished her the #1 Video spot on both CMT and GAC. Gibson Guitar recognized Cochran’s talent on guitar and presented her with their award “Best Female Guitar Player”.