Hailing from Portland, 21-year-old American singer/songwriter Corey Harper releases his new track “Keeping Me Alive” which highlights his authentic, emotionally charged lyrics while including an uplifting and catchy chorus. PRESS HERE to listen. The track will be available on his debut EP On The Run out this fall and is now available on iTunes and Spotify.
When discussing the inspiration behind the song, Corey says, “I wrote the song about my cousin, who I lost when I was in 7th grade. She was my hero, and the person I looked up to in every way. She was beautiful, kind, passionate, and a sweet soul to everyone who was lucky enough to know her. I can still faintly hear voice every time I think of her, and know she hears mine all the time. The song serves as a portal to an existence I still feel every time I sing it. It’s a song of hope and praise to a life that gave a purpose to my life, and many others.”
Fans first got a taste of Corey’s sound with the premiere of his debut track and video “California Sun” on Rolling Stone,PRESS HERE. Harper crafted his own sound from growing up around 60s/70s rock, contemporary pop and soul music and notes John Mayer, Ben Howards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan, and B.B. King as major influences. It is these artists who have shaped his guitar playing, voice, songwriting, and passion for music.
Corey studied music and literature history classes in Eugene, Oregon shortly before dropping out to pursue his career in music in Los Angeles, California. Settling in Venice Beach – an epicenter for artists, surfers and poets alike – Corey tapped into the inspiration around him to not only create his upcoming debut EP but also a collective called Winston House. In many ways, Winston House began as just a house. But over the past few years, talented people from all over the world have come through to hang out and create together. By creating and being an integral part of this community of dreamers and artists, Corey was able to hit the road with his music opening up for American soul musician Allen Stone as well as Justin Bieber. The latter asked Corey to open for him on the Purpose Tour’s Pacific Northwest dates after seeing him play at Winston House in Venice, CA.