One of my favorite Fort Collins musicians is Brent Cowles. He began a solo career under the moniker of You Me and Apollo when he was just 17 years old. I heard his demo before I met him and was blown away by the powerful vocals, the intricate songwriting and the connection I felt to the music. When we did finally meet, I was definitely shocked that someone so young could be so soulful and have so much passion to sing about. He took those early songs into a studio which became the backbone of not only an album but a full band that would be known as You Me and Apollo. They shot straight to the top of the Colorado Scene, toured across country, played Red Rocks and experienced national success before calling it quits. "I had a grieving period after the band broke up. I didn't know if music was what I should be doing. I gave it a shot but maybe I should do something else. Then I had this revelation that music is the only thing I'm passionate about and it's the only thing that makes sense to me," Brent explains. It didn't take long for him to reconnect to his songwriting roots and come back out swinging with a new arsenal of songs. He states, "Reconnecting with music after my break was a little intimidating because I had never taken time off. The more I did it, the more I remembered why I love it. It's the most important thing in my life. I had lost sight of how music can make you feel and my new songs rekindled my love affair with performing." He began booking shows as Brent Coles (just to help you properly pronounce his last name) but went back to Cowles. His new solo work is some of the strongest music coming out of Colorado which is exactly why he will be in the spotlight at this year's Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Watch Brent Cowles perform with his backing band directly before the Fray on Mountain Ave Stage this Saturday August 13th at 6:45 PM. I guarantee you won't be disappointed by his soulful and powerful voice, his incredibly strong songwriting and his humble stage presence which you can't help but be drawn to. It's passion like this that inspires us all.