Hi Cory, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello Vents! Great, excited for my single to release this Friday.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Blind in Love”?
I recorded the single in New Jersey, my home state but my producer Wes Edmonds came up from Memphis for a week to work on my entire EP with me.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
It is really hard to get women to open up to you in the dating world we live in. It seems dating has become a text, swipe and snap world. The chorus “let me in, let me in, don’t shut me out again” pretty much sums up what it is like to date these days as a millennial. People hide behind their phones and I am not that guy. I would rather talk to you any day of the week. Emoji’s can never replace emotions.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes we are going to start working on a video right after the release.
How was the recording and writing process?
The song wrote itself, it just flowed, I didn’t have to put much thought into it. The music was inspired by the blues, I was feeling melancholy when I wrote the song and emotional, so the production is very large with some of the best horns out of Memphis. My producer Wes Edmonds is a beast. He worked with Wyclef Jean for almost 9 years on his production team. I feel blessed to work with him, he really takes the time to not only bring my vision to life but he goes the extra mile. I mean this music production, come on, it’s top notch.
What was it like to work with Burruss and how did that relationship develop?
I was only 18 at the time (23 now) and it was an amazing experience. Kandi was the 2003 Grammy Songwriter of the year for TLC’s “No Scrubs”. That alone was inspiring. She really drove home to me that this is not an easy industry, hustle is everything and SONGWRITING is the key. I really have spent the last five years honing my skills as a songwriter and working on development. If I am going to do this I am going to do it the right way. The show itself was entertainment. It was not really about me or the other aspiring artists, it was about ratings… but I took every ounce of education I could from the experience. How lucky am I that I can say that Kandi Burruss wrote a song for me to record?
How much did he get to influence the song?
No influence on Kandi’s song, she actually wrote the song before I arrived in Atlanta.
Does your theater background has influence your music and the other way around?
That is a good question. I spent four years having producers tell me to “lose my vibrato, lose the theater sound”. I am a grown up now and have navigated around this industry for five years. The one thing I have learned above all else is to be authentic. I have learned to balance my vocals through technique, but I have also learned that my theater drama lends itself to my unique sound. Not everyone will appreciate my delivery or vision but those that do are my biggest fans. I am not trying to be the next…. I am trying to be me.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
It’s been a long time coming, I have a few things to work on in the studio but really excited to bring this diverse EP to life for all of you. All the music and vocals are done, just working on little edits with my producer.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Late Fall 2018.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, I am doing a lot of private shows right now and gigs. I am working solo-acoustic right now so most of my gigs are acoustic inspired. Not as many opportunities out there without a band but that is not my focus right now. I am working toward a publishing deal and also song placements.
What else is happening next in Cory Singer’s world?
Let’s see, I jumped out of a plane this weekend! Went on my first skydiving jump so I see a new song coming for all of you. What an experience. I am writing a lot and always planning the next song.
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