A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Courtney Cox first started playing guitar around the age of 13. When she turned 15, she enrolled at The Paul Green School of Rock Music. During her tenure there, she performed in various U.S tours with established acts such as Jon Anderson and Adrian Belew. She shared the stage with other performers such as George Lynch and Perry Farrell. During that time, Cox formed an all-female tribute band called Queen Diamond (tribute band to King Diamond).
At age 18, Cox briefly started playing guitar under the tutelage of virtuoso Chris Gordon in Wilmington, Delaware, before moving to Los Angeles, California. In December 2008, Cox was invited as a guest performer with The Iron Maidens, after which she officially became a member of that band. As a member of the Maidens, Cox's stage name is "Adriana Smith", a female version of Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith. The Iron Maidens with Courtney still perform numerous national and international concert tours in the U.S and around the world.
In 2012, Courtney became a lead guitarist in Femme Fatale along side her position in the Iron Maidens. She also has her own project in the works for when she has time off from her other bands. Cox has also performed with members of Phantom Blue at the Michelle Meldrum Memorial Concert in May 2009 at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, CA. In 2010, she placed runner-up in Guitar World's Buyer's Guide Model Search. UP THE IRONS!