Looking back, Nashville photographer Jeremy Cowart's career was a happy accident.
He was a painter who realized painting likely wouldn't be a way to make a living. So he explored graphic design and dabbled in creating album covers for his musician friends, like Matt Wertz and Dave Barnes. When digital photography emerged as a new technology, Cowart picked up a basic camera to incorporate stills into his design. His friends' record labels started hiring him for other artists and shows. In 2005, Cowart signed with an agent — someone he had beaten for a job — who helped him break out of the Nashville bubble and into L.A.'s photography scene. Soon he was shooting acts like Sting and Rob Thomas. Just a few weeks ago, he shot the the gritty and emotional photo for Carrie Underwood's new album cover.
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