Cortni Bird

Cortni Bird is ready to rock and roll … again. The 24-year-old singer/songwriter hasn’t been on the stage for nearly three years, but when she was asked to perform at next month’s Country Music Awards Festival in Nashville, she didn’t hesitate to say yes. “This is the big time — I couldn’t say no,” she said. Bird — formerly Potapowicz before she was married in March — grew up singing along with the radio and writing poetry. When she was 7, her parents noticed her talent as she sang along to No Doubt’s “Tragic Kingdom” album. In 2010, she recorded an EP, “It’s Complicated,” featuring five original songs she penned throughout high school and college. “These are songs I wanted to listen to, but couldn’t find on the radio,” she said. “They were written about my life experiences … and other people’s experiences.” “It’s Complicated” ranges from alternative rock to pop with some modern country mixed in. Bird admits she’s a little more rock and roll than country, but is looking forward to adding a new element to the CMA festival next month. “My music is just me,” she said, laughing. “I think country’s evolving and I can bring something different.” Bird graduated from Etowah High School in 2009. After she graduated from Gadsden State Community College in 2011, she went on a small tour of the East Coast. “It was the biggest high I have ever experienced,” she said. “It didn’t seem real.” After the tour, Bird went to back to the “real world.” She left her hometown in Rainbow City and moved to Navarre, where she got a job at a local staffing agency. Is the CMA Fest a second chance for a music career? “I’d love to be on tour full time, but I’m just going by my faith,” she said. Bird does know that she doesn’t want to take another three-year hiatus. She’s in the process of planning a music festival for Navarre called Country on the Sound in September. “I am so pumped to be performing again,” she said. “But really — just send me outdoors with a piece of paper and something to write with and I’m fine.”

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