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Singer Brad Cotter new 'Nashville Star'

May 04, 2004

More than a decade after making a limited splash on the regional gospel scene, Brad Cotter is poised to make an even bigger impression as the second winner of USA's "Nashville Star." The 33-year-old defeated George Canyon and Matt Lindahl in the "Star" finale, which aired live Saturday.

Cotter wins a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville.

His first single, "I Meant To," co-written with Rick Giles and Steve Bogard, hit country radio stations Monday.

"This has been a long, strange trip," Cotter said. "I wouldn't take anything for the ride. All the memories will be cherished for a lifetime.

"I'm living proof that God has a plan for His children, and no man can change His will."

Cotter was raised in Auburn, Ala. Between the ages of 11 and 17, he recorded five gospel albums before moving to Nashville in 1993.

Before his big reality show break, he made his living as a demo singer.

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The first "Nashville Star" winner, Buddy Jewell, sold more albums than any other new country artist in 2003. His first album entered the Billboard Country Albums chart at No. 1 and he placed several singles on the song chart.

The show features Nancy O'Dell as host and Tracey Gershon, Billy Greenwood and The Warren Brothers as judges.

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