to instill confidence in kids and let them go

im4ublog: “…Born in Thomaston, GA, Coy picked up his first guitar at age 10 and at 13 he had started his own band. In college as a biology major, Coy changed to a Jazz Studies Major and we are surely glad he did. As Coy tells it, he found his musical roots at the Northside Tavern, the famous Atlanta blues bar, where he came under the influence of Oliver Wood, Sean Costello, and his life mentor, Donnie McCormick. During the conversation, Pat asked Coy who the children in his life were. There was a long thoughtful pause and he told us that during the time he was teaching guitar and piano lessons he really started to notice, and think about, the relationship between good parenting and childhood success. After another thoughtful pause, where I could imagine his good natured smile, he told us that the children of his band mates and the changes they brought to their fathers was the influence that lead to “Amy Giggles”. I’ll have to say, after 20 plus years on the road, I have never seen a band that makes such an accommodation for their children. When the ZBB is on tour, the kids and the families are right there with them…” – Jim Mayer (READ MORE)

The Boot: “…As it turns out, the woman had been teased as a child for having an unusually loud laugh — a criticism she carried into adulthood. Coy’s book gives her story a happy ending, while teaching a valuable lesson. “By parents reading this book to their kids, you can get reassurance in yourself, because no matter how old you are, we’re all different,” he explains. Illustrated by Leah Cebulski, with the foreword by Zac Brown, the book can be purchased here. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Camp Southern Ground, which helps children overcome social, academic and emotional challenges…” – Gayle Thompson (READ MORE)

WLTX: “…He wrote a book titled Amy Giggles based on a girl he knew who was teased as a kid because she snorted when she laughed. “She started doing this huffin’ and puffin’ thing. I was like ‘what was that?” said Bowles of an encounter with the woman Amy’s character is based off of. “People made fun of her as a kid, so much so that she changed her laugh.” A musician friend encouraged Bowles to put the story on paper. It’s being sold through online retailers. Bowles says it will hit the digital market soon. “The ultimate goal of the book is to instill confidence in kids and let them go, ya know, we’re all different,” said Bowles. “Maybe their can be more of an awareness thing that starts happening. I’m just trying to spread that.” – Clark Fouraker (READ MORE)

Zac Brown Band is an American country music band based in Atlanta, Georgia. The lineup consists of Zac Brown (vocals, guitar, bass guitar, percussion), Jimmy De Martini (fiddle, vocals), John Driskell Hopkins (bass guitar, guitar, vocals), Coy Bowles (guitar, keyboards), Chris Fryar (drums) and Clay Cook (guitar, keyboards, mandolin, steel guitar, vocals). The band has toured throughout the United States, including a slot on the 2009 and 2010 Bonnaroo Music Festival. They have also recorded four studio albums, and charted eight Number One singles on the Billboard country charts: “Chicken Fried”, “Toes”, “Highway 20 Ride”, “Free”, “As She’s Walking Away”, “Colder Weather”, “Knee Deep” and “Keep Me In Mind”, in addition to the single “Whatever It Is,” which peaked at number 2 on the same chart…In 2006, the Zac Brown Band recorded The Foundation with producer Keith Stegall. It was also in 2006 when Coy Bowles joined the band alternating on guitar and keyboards. Bowles and Brown first met in the late 1990s when they were both students at the University of West Georgia, where Bowles was studying biology. Bowles also vividly remembers seeing Brown perform for the first time. He explains, “I walked into a restaurant and Zac was singing and playing guitar. I heard a couple tunes and turned to my buddy and said, ‘That dude might have the richest and loudest voice I ever heard!’ I don’t even think Zac had a microphone and you could hear him all across the bar… – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Coy Bowles is a member of the Zac Brown Band. He plays guitar and organ for ZBB as well as writes and arranges music. He also leads his own Atlanta based project, Coy Bowles and The Fellowship, for which he writes all the music and performs lead guitar, piano, organ and lead vocals. He is also a creative writer and founder of a charity foundation called “Coy Cares”. – Official web-site (READ MORE)

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