Courtney Cole opens up about her 'emotional' connection to country music

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Co​urtney Cole is about to blow up in the country music scene. AOL.com had a chance to meet with Cole at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this past weekend, where she talked about her connection to country and her advice for other performers.

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The Louisiana native's love for country started at a young age. Cole told AOL.com that she and her dad "would always drive around and listen to country music with the windows down."

That's where her "emotional connection" was born, she said. Cole remembers singing with her karaoke machine to the Dixie Chicks and "bawling" her eyes out. The bubbly singer said that's what she is trying to achieve with her own music -- giving other people to connect through her songs.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 17: Chase Bryant performs on April 17, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 17: Elle King performs during the Tortuga Music Festival on April 17, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 17: Thomas Rhett is onstage during Tortuga Music Festival on April 17, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 16: Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrtd performs onstage during the Tortuga Music Festival on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 16: Sam Hunt performs onstage during the Tortuga Music Festival on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 16: Sam Hunt performs onstage during Tortuga Music Festival on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 15: Kip Moore is onstage during Tortuga Music Festival on April 15, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 15: Cam performs during the Tortuga Music Festival on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 15: Kristian Bush performs on April 15, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 15: Fans at Tortuga Music Festival on April 15, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 15: Fans at Tortuga Music Festival on April 15, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 15: Atmosphere during the Tortuga Music Festival on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 15: Dierks Bentley performs onstage during Tortuga Music Festival on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 12: Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry performs onstage at the 2nd day of The Tortuga Music Festival on April 12, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 12: Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry performs onstage at the 2nd day of The Tortuga Music Festival on April 12, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 11: General view of fans attend the Tortuga Music Festival on April 11, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 17: Michael Franti of Michael Franti & Spearhead performs during the Tortuga Music Festival on April 17, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 17: Brian Lancaster and Jared Hampton of Lanco perform on April 17, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 17: Thomas Rhett is onstage during Tortuga Music Festival on April 17, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 17: Joe Nichols is onstage during Tortuga Music Festival on April 17, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 16: Kallie North of Muddy Magnolias performs on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 16: Jessy Wilson of Muddy Magnolias performs on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 16: Kelsea Ballerini performs on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 16: Courtney Cole performs on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 16: Drew Baldridge performs on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 16: Tim McGraw performs onstage during the Tortuga Music Festival on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 15: Kristian Bush performs during the Tortuga Music Festival on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 15: Randy Houser performs during the Tortuga Music Festival on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 15: Dierks Bentley performs during the Tortuga Music Festival on April 16, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 12: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town performs onstage at the 2nd day of The Tortuga Music Festival on April 12, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 12: Zac Brown performs onstage at the 2nd day of The Tortuga Music Festival on April 12, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
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The Tortuga Music Festival took place next to the picturesque B Ocean Hotel & Resort in Fort Lauderdale. For more information about the hotel, click here.​​

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