Wairarapa Country Music Festival MAIN Supporting act
Cooper’s Run has shared the stage with Lady Antebellum, Glen Campbell & Kenny Rogers and it all started like this..
New Zealand IDOL finalist, Ashley Cooper, and singer/songwriter Michael Tipping make up the hottest duo in the Southern Hemisphere! Michael and Ashley began performing as a duo in September of 2008. They started out working clubs and private parties around the North Island. In October, just one month later, they were named the winners of the Rising Star Award at the Variety Artist Club Annual Awards Show. From that moment on, demand for their music has sky-rocketed, and they’ve been working non-stop in New Zealand, Australia and USA.
Avid and skilled songwriters, these two also got the nod as New Zealand Country Music Song Writers of the Year. Cooper’s Run were the very first Kiwi’s to appear on the Country Music Association’s Global Artist Party in Nashville Tennessee! The event was viewed by over 40 million people, and they were backed by legendary singer/songwriter Pam Tillis’s band. During the trip to the United States, Cooper’s Run met producer Jeff Huskins. Huskins was immediately convinced of the star quality of these young people. Rarely does the entire package walk in your door. They simply have it whatever it is. That very same night, sessions were scheduled using the finest engineers and musicians in Nashville, and the results are phenomenal!
Make no mistake Cooper’s Run will be a major force in the music industry. There’s no limit to their potential, and the record companies that have heard the project are completely knocked out. Upon arriving home from their United States trip, they were booked to open for Glen Campbell’s New Zealand tour. In April 2011 Cooper’s Run was hand selected by management to support Grammy award winning Nashville band Lady Antebellum for their first NZ show and in 2012 they took to the stage with New Zealand icon John Rowels to support Kenny Rogers in his two sell-out New Zealand shows.
Cooper’s Run has appeared on the Johnny High Country Music Revue, the springboard for such superstars LeAnn Rimes, Steve Holy, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Morris, Linda Davis, Box Car Willie, and John Anderson. In 2010 Cooper’s Run were crowned New Zealand Country Duo/Group of the year at the National Country Music awards. Cooper’s Run completed a six month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines based in Florida and servicing the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Mexico and Grand Bahamas’. 2013 saw another huge year for Cooper’s Run releasing their studio album “Unfinished” along with re-claiming their title as NCMA Duo-Group of the year. 2014 Cooper’s Run left their stamp on Georgia USA having completed their first international tour in June. While in Georgia Cooper’s Run recorded their new album Made in Georgia which is also the first CR album to be 100% original music. Made in Georgia has so far produced a #1 hit single “Burn the Moonlight” and the album itself has taken the top spot on the ITunes album charts and debuted at #9 on the Official New Zealand top 20 Albums charts.