Anita Cochran (right)
|Anita Renee Cockerham|
|Born||February 6, 1967|
|Origin||South Lyon, Michigan, United States|
|Singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, Dobro, banjo, mandolin|
|Labels||Warner Bros. Nashville|
|Steve Wariner, Terri Clark|
Anita Renee Cockerham (born February 6, 1967), known professionally as Anita Cochran, is an American country music singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer. Signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1997, she made her debut on the U.S. country charts that year with the release of her first album Back to You. It produced the hit single "What If I Said", a duet with country music artist Steve Wariner, which reached Number One in early 1998, producing not only Anita's first Number One overall, but also Wariner's first Number One since 1989. Although she never entered the Top 40 on the country charts again, she recorded a second album for Warner Bros. before being dropped in 2004.
Anita Cochran was born in South Lyon, Michigan, into a family that enjoyed listening to country music. She began to play guitar at an early age, and later learned to play banjo, mandolin and Dobro as well. A local country musician, Anita's father often took her to country music festivals. She later found work both in bands and as a solo act, and was eventually hired to manage Pearl Recording Studios, a studio in Canton, Michigan.
In 1997, after moving to Nashville, Tennessee, she was signed to Warner Bros. Records. Released in 1997, her debut album, Back to You, was produced by her as well. She co-wrote all but one of the album's songs and played several instruments on it. The album's lead-off single, "I Could Love a Man Like That", peaked at No. 64, followed by the No. 69 "Daddy, Can You See Me". The third single, a duet with Steve Wariner titled "What If I Said", reached the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts in early 1998. Following this song was the album's fourth and final single, "Will You Be Here?" also at No. 69. Her second album, Anita, produced three singles all of which failed to reach Top 40.
For the first single from her third album, God Created Woman, Cochran spliced in Conway Twitty's vocals from earlier songs of his to form a duet entitled "(I Wanna Hear) A Cheatin' Song". This song peaked at No. 57, although the album was never released and its title track failed to chart.
Cochran was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2017. In 2018, several artists gathered to hold a benefit concert for her.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Back to You||
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1997||"I Could Love a Man Like That"||64||--||--||Back to You|
|"Daddy Can You See Me"||69||--||--|
|"What If I Said" (with Steve Wariner)||1||59||1|
|1998||"Will You Be Here?"||69||--||--|
|1999||"For Crying Out Loud"||58||--||93||Anita|
|"You With Me"||61||--||--|
|2004||"(I Wanna Hear) A Cheatin' Song" (with Conway Twitty)||57||--||*||God Created Woman (unreleased)|
|"God Created Woman"||--||--||*|
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions
|1997||"I Could Love a Man Like That"||Michael Salomon|
|"Daddy Can You See Me"||Jim Shea|
|"What If I Said" (with Steve Wariner)|
|1999||"For Crying Out Loud"||Thom Oliphant|
|2000||"Good Times"||Gerry Wenner/Frank Scarpaci|
|"You With Me"||Jim Shea|
|2004||"(I Wanna Hear) A Cheatin' Song"|