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Country Roots

With a smile as wide as a Texas sunset, Texas country music star Coffey Anderson grabs a guitar mid-sentence and joyfully starts strumming a catchy tune. What follows is a voice that has caught the attention of country music fans across this state and beyond. Coffey grew up singing gospel music in the church, but it wasn’t until his freshman year at Howard Payne University in Brownwood that he learned to play a guitar. One day the father of the girl Coffey was dating at the time was playing a song on a guitar that Coffey recognized and quickly started singing along to. “Boy, you can sing! You’ve got something special. Take this guitar and learn how to play it,” the girl’s father told him. Soon, courtesy of the girl’s father, Coffey was headed back to his dorm room with much more than just a guitar and tuner in his hands.

Much like a Texas thunderstorm slowly building momentum throughout the day before unleashing its powerful force of wind and rain on the dusty plains below, Coffey’s career didn’t immediately take off. Afterall, you don’t just walk onto the stage of the Grand Ole Opry the first day you pick up a guitar. No, that takes patience, perseverance, and a deep sense of humility; all of which Coffey possessed in abundance thanks to the small town characteristics instilled in him by his parents. Before the arenas packed with adoring fans, Coffey spent years perfecting his craft. Obscure days in a small dorm room teaching himself how to play guitar turned into seemingly endless days performing on the streets of Los Angeles after graduation, with nothing but a foldable IKEA table, a stack of homemade CDs, and an email sign-up sheet. Before the season 2 appearance on American Idol and his fourth place finish on Nashville Star, there were years of producing his own albums, booking his own shows, and editing his own music videos out of his garage. But like storm clouds billowing high above the horizon, Coffey’s magnetic personality, hard work, and brazen commitment to his values have meticulously taken the country music and entertainment world by storm; culminating in three standing ovations during his May 2022 Grand Ole Opry debut, a first in Opry history. As well as a 12 episode original reality TV series on Neflix, Country Ever After, which focuses on the careers and family life of Coffey and his wife, Criscilla, and their children.

But no amount of fame and success has uprooted Coffey’s passion for people and using his music to inspire hope and healing. “My biggest song to date is Mr Red White and Blue,” Coffey said. “I wrote that after meeting sergeant Craig Carp of the United States Marines. When the national anthem played before my concert, there was just a very different look in his eye than everybody else’s. He was part of a very small unit and he was the only one who made it back. There is survivor’s remorse, there is PTSD, there’s all these levels of hurt combined with overcoming, combined with feeling the fire - I want to be there but I need to be here - there’s a lot that happens. So I grabbed my guitar and I walked around the arena and I wrote Mr. Red White and Blue. It’s people. It’s all people.”

In August 2021, thirteen members of the American military were killed in a bombing during an evacuation at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. When Coffey heard the news he offered to pay for his own travel expenses to perform his song Mr. Red, White, and Blue at each of the service members’ funerals; ultimately doing so for nine of the thirteen families. “The most rewarding moment of my career has been sitting with Corporal Kareem Nikoui’s momma, he was one of the thirteen killed in Kabul. He was a year and a half out of basic training. I was in the side wings sitting with the family at the funeral and his mom said, ‘I still have his truck. And the last song that he and I listened to together was your song, Mr. Red White and Blue, while sitting in his truck before he went to basic. For you to sing this it’s….it’s…,’ and she couldn’t finish the sentence.”

There is a saying that if you don’t like the weather in Texas then just wait for five minutes because it will change. And while Coffey is humble enough to know that his success could change at the blink of an eye, there is one thing that he says will never change - his love and commitment to his marriage and his family. A fact that Coffey emphasized to the producers of Country Ever After, Roma Downey and her husband, Mark Burnett - who has produced such successful TV series as Shark Tank, Survivor, The Apprentice, and The Voice, to name a few. Knowing the penchant for drama and shady circumstances prevalent in reality shows today, Coffey was sure to bring his small town Texas values with him to the meeting. “So he’s sitting at this big table and I told the guy, ‘Look man, congratulations on all of these series. But if you think we’re going to throw wine bottles across our kitchen for TV views then you’ve got the wrong family. When we play, we play for each other, not with each other.’ He said, ‘Mr. Anderson, I want to make a show that my mother would want to watch.’ And I said, ‘Do you have a good momma?’ He said he did, and I said I had a good momma before she passed. So we shook hands on good mommas, and that’s how we did our TV deal.”

“My song Better Today was written when I saw this elderly couple at a Valentine’s Day event I was hosting at a church in Levelland, Texas. We did a longest marriage dance and this couple had been married for almost 70 years. They married when they were 15 or 16 years old. Who doesn’t want that? No matter who we are or what we are, my ugly and your ugly, can we get to the point where we’re still arm in arm?”

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