Colden Rainey "Cole" Swindell (born June 30, 1983) is an American country music songwriter and recording artist, who is known for his 2013 breakout hit "Chillin' It." The song received air play as a "Highway Find" on SiriusXM's "The Highway" new country channel, and listener response, coupled with Swindell's performance on the Higwhay Find Stage at the CMA Music Festival in 2013, resulted in a record deal with Warner Bros. Records Nashville.
His parents are William Keith Swindell and Betty Carol Rainey. His father died unexpectedly on September 2, 2013 at 65. He has two brothers and a sister.
He grew up in Bronwood, Georgia and graduated in 2007 from Georgia Southern University, where he majored in marketing. From 2007 to 2010, he sold merchandise for fellow Sigma Chi member Luke Bryan. In 2010, Swindell signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Cole Swindell wrote Craig Campbell's "Outta My Head"; Luke Bryan's "Just a Sip", "Beer in the Headlights", "Roller Coaster", "Out Like That", "I'm Hungover", "I'm in Love with the Girl", "Love in a College Town", "Shore Thing", "Shake the Sand" and "The Sand I Brought to the Beach"; Thomas Rhett's "Get Me Some of That"; and Scotty McCreery's "Water Tower Town" and "Carolina Eyes". He also co-wrote Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll" with Bryan, who was featured on the song. Chris Young also had a song on his A.M. album co-written by Swindell, "Nothin' but the Cooler Left".
2013-2014: Cole Swindell
In 2013, after his independently released debut single "Chillin' It" was played heavily by satellite radio channel "The Highway" on SiriusXM, the song began to climb the charts, Swindell signed a record deal with Warner Music Nashville. The song was produced by Jody Stevens, who is the son of Bryan's producer, Jeff Stevens, and was formerly one-half of the duo Fast Ryde. The recording of "Chillin' It" was a demo consisting of Swindell's vocals and Stevens performing all instrumentation, and it was sent to radio before it had been mastered.
Swindell released his self-titled debut album on February 18, 2014. Bryan's guitarist, Michael Carter, produced the rest of the album. Along with Lee Brice, Swindell opened Luke Bryan's 2014 That's My Kind of Night Tour. The tour dates began in mid-January and ran into early March. "Chillin' It" became a top 5 hit on Country Airplay and number 1 single on Hot Country Songs. The album's second single is "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight", which Swindell co-wrote with both members of Florida Georgia Line.
On November 17, 2014, Swindell released a five-song digital EP titled The Down Home Sessions. The EP release coincides with his headlining tour of the same name.