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On his third solo project, Thad Cockrell moves away from traditional country towards more alternative folk/pop sounds without losing his natural Southern charm. To Be Loved boasts a sparkling, multi-layered sound, built around warm-toned acoustic instruments and accented by old-fashioned reverb. Cockrell’s grasp on the singer/songwriter’s art has never sounded more assured. “Pride (Won’t Get Us Where We’re Going)” and “A Country of My Own” are natural anthems for thoughtful seekers everywhere. “Beauty Has a Name” finds Cockrell applying his guileless tenor to a straight-out love song with winning results. His explicitly Christian tunes are deeply personal expressions that draw upon traditional hymnody and classic country sounds for inspiration. The Southwestern-tinged “The Master’s Calling” and the plaintive “Oh to Be Loved” suggest the otherworldly ache of the Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison. The sense of wide-eyed wonder infusing “Great Rejoicing” typifies To Be Loved as a whole.

Customer Reviews

mature and challenging

Lyrically, this is Thad's most developed work--metaphor is, in many ways, his full-time job. Musically, it's a step away from the honky-tonk sound we're so used to hearing from him and one more in the direction of adult pop, similar to the likes of David Gray or Coldplay. But don't be misled--this is not watered-down Thad. The theological issues and melodies tackled on this record are accessible and challenging in ways only Thad could do: with a soft approach and soaring tenor.

Bravo Thad!

Sooo easy to listen to. Very pleasent and refreshing. This record is doing what so many new records aren't... making me like new music. Hope we can get you to The 930 in Louisville soon.


At last, an artist who embraces the artistry of music. Each song uniquely stands on its own; beautifully and soulfully crafted while also collectively uniting to form a spirited compilation. This is one to listen to from start to finish, over and over.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

North Carolina-native Thad Cockrell, known for his themes of heartbreak (his self-professed goal is to put "the hurt back in country"), released his debut album, Stack of Dreams, in 2001 with backing group the Starlite Country Band. The son of a Baptist minister, Thad grew up primarily in Tampa, FL. His family was not musical; in fact, he wasn't allowed to listen to rock & roll and didn't even own a stereo until well into adulthood. Despite a burgeoning music career, religion remained an important...
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