Art Cowles has been exploring music for as long as he can remember. A composer, musician, guitarist and singer, he found his niche when he started playing the guitar at the age of 14. Artists including Don McLean (who first inspired him to pick up a guitar), Buckethead, and composers John Williams and Koji Kondo, among others, were early musical influences. Since then, he has performed in many bands and musical ensembles. He plays several instruments including guitar, cello, piano, bass, drums, and harmonica. During high school, he participated in band, orchestra, percussion, jazz band, and choir. He also was the frontman of the band Halfway Home from the ages of 15 to 19, after which he left to serve a two-year LDS mission to Korea. There, he developed a strong love for Asian culture, and the music there inspires him to be able to return one day and bring his own music to the people he loved. After returning to America, he has since auditioned and been accepted into the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with a scholarship. However, he has forgone a formal education to record his debut solo album and pursue his career independently.
In his free time, Art enjoys running, skimboarding, taking photos, playing videogames, watching anime, listening to music and reading. He also enjoys studying psychology, Hebrew and the Korean language. Time well spent is what he desires most. He believes family and friends give life flavor and are a foundation to rely on. Additionally, he is active in his church where he teaches missionary preparation and other topics. Art loves exploring and experiencing other places, cultures and food (his favorite is ice cream). He studied film at DSU and has since acted in and composed music for several short films.
Art enjoys performing and writing music in various genres including rock, jazz, instrumental, folk, ballad and blues. Art Cowles can be seen playing at several southern Utah venues. He is currently working on his debut solo album, which he is recording and producing himself in its entirety and will release in August of 2017. Art plans to continue his career in writing, recording and producing his own music for years to come.