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Bangs native, country music artist featured in Netflix reality series

Rosanna Fraire
San Angelo Standard-Times

A Bangs, Texas, native is featured in his own Netflix reality series for making it big in the country music world.

"Country Ever After," features Coffey Anderson and his family as they juggle life, career goals and tests of faith. 

Anderson, 42, grew up with country roots while his wife, Criscilla, is a hip-hop dancer from Las Vegas. The two have three children Ethan, Emmarie and Everleigh Rose. 

Anderson started his own career by posting videos on YouTube and getting over 107,000 subscribers. Coffey has sold over 500,000 iTunes downloads and gained 500,000 listeners on Spotify without a record label.

Coffey Anderson, Country Music performer, looks on during the AHERO annual hunting trip on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Shorter, Ala.

Some of his accomplishments include meeting the president at the White House, singing live on the Snoop & Martha cooking show and ranking higher than Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake on the Billboard Music Charts. 

Even though most people don't know about the town he came from, the 1997 Bangs graduate thinks the community shaped him to be the man he is today.

"Bangs is the only town with a question mark by the city limit," he said. 

His mom, Gloria, was a high school teacher at Bangs ISD, and his dad, Stanley, worked at the Texas Youth Commission in Brownwood. 

From the day he was born until he graduated college in 2002, Anderson grew up in a Texas town with a population of less than 2,000 people.

"The house I was born in, my daddy is still in," Anderson said. "Literally born and raised."

People realize how connected they are to each other in small town, according to Anderson.

"My high school coach was also a history teacher and a bus driver," he said. "There's a lot of people that keep the community running. You know you're going to be a part of something. That's what I love about small towns."

Anderson said since the show premiered on Nov. 6, he has been getting positive feedback from viewers.

"People tell us this is the show they needed; they are laughing and crying every episode," he said. "They also tell us this is the only TV show from top to bottom where you can watch as a family, whether you are 2 years old or 102. You don't have to plug your kids ears or cover their eyes. That's rare."

Anderson gives insight on his life by answering 20 questions: 

Coffey Anderson, a Country Music performer, prepares to perform for active service members and veterans during the AHERO annual hunting trip on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Shorter, Ala.

How did your hometown shape you?

I think small towns let you know what you're good at and what you're not good at really early. You can't get hidden in the shuffle.

How did you earn your first dollar?

Fence line work on a farm.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Basketball player.

What do you admire most about your parents?

Commitment. My dad is the best. He is who he is no matter where he is and that's so refreshing.

What was your favorite high school class?

Spanish.

What’s your favorite childhood memory?

Winning at the cake walk at the fall festival in Bangs. I won the ugliest cake you have ever seen in your life. It was half jello, half cake, chunks of pineapple, coconut on the outside that looked like hair ... horrible, just horrible. 

What are the last three items on your credit card bill?

Car insurance, In-N-Out – oh that's terrible. Texans are going to shoot at me for not saying Whataburger. Last one is an airline ticket. 

What are some nicknames you’ve gone by?

Pop, dusty, ace, southern man.

When did you decide to pursue this career?

My senior year in college.

What was your first job?

At the Dairy Queen. I got fired because I bought my own seasonings. The burgers are bland, so I put Cajun seasoning on them. Then who doesn't want lemon pepper fries? I was way ahead of my time.

What’s the worst household chore?

Folding clothes.

What Texas restaurant should everyone dine in at least once?

Allsup's; I need that Allsup's burrito and a chicken chimi.

What sports did you play in high school?

Played basketball and ran track.

Coffey Anderson, a Country Music performer, performs for active service members and veterans during the AHERO annual hunting trip on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Shorter, Ala.

What tops your bucket list?

I would like to go to Bora Bora, to be honest. 

What are some words you live by?

I have a lot of one-line sayings, but I would have to say, "love who you can, while you can, as hard as you can."

What was your first car?

A gold Mustang.

What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?

My favorite store is Barnes & Noble. I love reading. You can drop me off there for six hours and I'll be a pig in mud, I'm a closet nerd.

How were your grades in school?

I was an A student. I was in gifted and talented education. We had some really smart kids there, two went on to be in the NASA program.

What brings you the greatest joy?

Seeing my family at ease. Providing for them is always good so my kids can play and not have to worry; that's my love language.

Who’s your biggest fan?

Stan the man, my daddy. I think it's a toss up between my dad and wife; they fuss over it. 

Rosanna Fraire covers entertainment, things to do and trending news in West Texas. Send her news tips at raguilera@gannett.com