Ashley Cooke press photo
Press photo by Robby Klein

Breakout Star Ashley Cooke Is Named iHeartCountry’s “On The Verge Artist”

Ashley Cooke (@theashleycooke) is a Big Loud Country songstress based in Nashville, Tennessee. Not too long ago, she finished the year off on a high note by being named iHeartCountry’s “On The Verge” artist, joining the esteemed ranks of female superstars Lainey Wilson, Megan Moroney, and Carly Pearce who have also held the coveted honor. Cooke was surprised with the news by Wilson backstage at the Grand Ole Opry ahead of her Opry NextStage Class of 2023 live performance.

Ashley Cooke

Ashley Cooke press photo
Photo by Robby Klein

Cooke is already cementing a booming kick-off to 2024 with her moody breakup anthem, “your place,” which has impacted Country airwaves.  Commanding the attention of 71 first-week stations as the third most-added, the “feel good, I don’t need you anthem” (Holler) penned by Cooke, Jordan Minton, and Mark Trussell continues to build momentum as the standout track from Cooke’s critically acclaimed debut album, “shot in the dark.”

“‘your place’ has been the song I’ve connected with fans overnight after night as they sing their hearts out about whatever they are going through. For this song to reach even more people through Country radio is a dream come true for me and I cannot thank every single station enough for your support. iHeart, I am honored beyond words that you’ve chosen me as your ‘On The Verge’ artist. This vote of confidence has made a year of long days so worth it and I look forward to working even harder in 2024.” — Ashley Cooke stated

Since its release on Cooke’s album recently tapped ’10 Best Country Albums of 2023′ by Country Now, “your place” has climbed to the top of the charts on SiriusXM’s The Highway Hot 30 Countdown as she averages over 1M+ on-demand streams per week, placing her in the Top 15 for female Country currents in streaming. The empowering song finds Cooke’s commanding vocals bringing the raw emotions of reclaiming your power and finding strength after heartbreak. The dynamic musical arrangement adds a twist to an all-too-familiar feeling – he made his bed, and she’s not sleeping in it.

Ashley Cooke – “shot in the dark” album

Ashley Cooke - "shot in the dark album" cover art
Photo by Robby Klein

“I am so excited to be dropping my debut album at the end of July and I think these three tracks will give fans a great sneak peek into what’s coming. This album has so many threads of my life strung together across 24 songs, and I hope that everyone can connect with some, or all, of the chapters. The songs I’m releasing today are some of my absolute favorites – from the title track that truly encapsulates where I am in my life, a duet with someone I’ve looked up to musically since I can remember, to ‘tastes like’ that opens the album in a clever way I’m really proud of. I can’t wait to hear how everyone reacts and hope these songs can meet you wherever you are in your journey.” – Ashley Cooke explained

2023 was a year of milestones for the Billboard Rookie of the Month highlighted by her “shot in the dark” album. The record-breaking project stands as one of the longest female debut albums today, garnering acclaim from notable media outlets, as Cooke was credited as a writer on 20 of the album’s 24 tracks.

“shot in the dark” earned Cooke a morning television appearance on NBC’s TODAY. After that, she went on to perform over 100 shows this year from her 26-stop headline tour, C2C: Country 2 Country, Bonnaroo, and support slots for Luke Bryan, Brett Young, and more. The “rising superstar” (Country Now) will kick off 2024 at Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa before heading out with Jordan Davis on his extended DAMN GOOD TIME Tour across the US, UK, Canada and Europe. Stay updated with the latest news and more exciting announcements by visiting

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