OC native’s song getting airplay on radio, TV

OC native’s song getting airplay on radio, TV
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Obion County native and Nashville songwriter Phillip Coleman continues to re-ceive considerable notoriety for his country music hit “Cost of Livin’.”
It’s a mournful ballad that utilizes imagery and lyrics from the closure of the Union City Goodyear plant earlier this year.
The music video debuted online July 21 and featured country music superstar Ronnie Dunn’s familiar vocals lamenting the sad state of affairs of the working man in America.
The lyrics, co-written by Dunn, refer to the tough times being faced by blue collar workers.
The release of his “Cost of Livin’” music video earlier this year represented a major milestone in Coleman’s songwriting career.
He told the Messenger this week he had almost given up on his career as a songwriter when his “Cost of Livin’” song hit the airwaves this past summer. The song appeared on Dunn’s first album as a solo artist, after he and Kix Brooks dissolved their partnership after a long and hit-filled career as one of country music’s most successful duos.
Coleman is a native of Obion County and a 1983 graduate of Obion County Central High School.
He moved to Nashville in 1995 and currently works at FedEx driving a forklift on the night shift. His work as a country music songwriter is his passion.
When Dunn picked up his song this past summer, things changed dramatically for Coleman.
It is a song that continues to draw attention, which has now shifted from radio airplay to television. Dunn has performed and discussed the song during an appearance on the daytime talk show The View and he recently appeared on The Doctors daytime talk show.
Coleman said he and Dunn stay in touch, by phone and by text, and said Dunn has informed him he will be appearing on the Dr. Phil show on Tuesday afternoon. It is on that taped episode that Dr. Phil will use the song as the theme for his show that will focus on an unemployed woman. It is expected that she will be the recipient of several gifts that will include the use of a house for a year, gas for a year and a new SUV. Afternoon television talk shows are known for such giveaways and the Dr. Phil Show will use Coleman’s song to bring to light the plight of America’s unemployed workers.
Coleman and his wife, Catt Gravitt Coleman, are both songwriters. He writes country music lyrics while her songwriting “is all over the place,” according to Coleman.
He wrote the lyrics for country music’s Miranda Lambert’s song “All Kinds of Kinds,” which appears on her recently released album “For The Record.”
“That song is getting a lot of attention,” Coleman told The Messenger during a telephone interview Wednesday.
“I’m just proud to be on it,” he said, referring to Ms. Lambert’s album.
Coleman’s wife has written songs for such well-known performers as Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert and she has had two songs to hit the Top 20.
He said they both moved to Nashville in 1995 and were married three years ago. He described his wife as a more dedicated songwriter than he is, saying, “She’s working really hard.” Coleman said his wife writes every day, while he writes sporadically.
“It’s funny that we’re both getting hot at the same time,” Coleman said.
After going about 10 years without having a song on the radio, his “Cost of Livin’” hit has been a real shot in the arm for Coleman.
He said he almost gave up on his songwriting. He said he had grown tired of the “heartache” from all the rejections. “I’m a blip on the radar again,” he said. “The phones are ringing again.”
In fact, Coleman said he has been doing a lot of lunches lately and just recently signed with Cobalt Music, a Nashville management company. “I’m trying to get the ball rolling again,” he said.
With all the exposure on the radio and television that’s coming his way on the heels of his “Cost of Livin’” song, Coleman said he is now working on “new opportunities.”
Published in The Messenger 12.8.11

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