Singer-songwriter Corey Harper announces his upcoming EP Overcast and reveals the first track “Entertainment,” which premiered on American Songwriter. Harper’s honest and emotive lyrics bring a rawness to this pop/rock anthemic track. To listen to “Entertainment” – PRESS HERE.
I wrote the song to connect to anyone who’s going through a time when they are struggling with identity and struggling with finding their identity in something. As an artist, you’re always going to be afraid of critique or have a moment when you feel lost – but it’s not just artists, that goes for everyone. So, this song sets the tone for the whole project. I wanted it to be straight up, thrown in your face. – Corey Harper
Based in Los Angeles, Corey Harper makes alternative pop/rock for sunny days, sad evenings, and all points in between. Overcast, finds the Oregon native returning to his roots in Portland for a source of inspiration, creating a sound that bridges the gap between the music of his past – including breezy pop and West Coast blues – and its Millennial makeover. A modern sound for now, built from the best parts of back then.
Recorded in a home studio on the outskirts of Oregon wine country, Overcast features Harper playing nearly every instrument himself, co-writing all six songs, and splitting production duties with collaborator Dave Lubben (Halsey, Gnash).
The upcoming EP isn’t just about finding direction, though; it’s about finding a unique sound, too. Raised on the guitar riffs and timeless songwriting of Fleetwood Mac and Jackson Browne, Harper initially came to L.A. as an Americana folk-rock musician. His 2016 debut saluted those organic influences, while 2019’s Barely Put Together widened his approach. Overcast, which Harper recorded during a pair of trips to Lubben’s studio on the outskirts of Portland, finds him reaching a new peak of adventurousness, rolling his influences into a sound that’s honest, human, and healing.
Overcast makes room for a rich tapestry of baritone guitar, Eighties synthesizers, pop melodies, and experimental sounds, including the atmospheric hum of the studio’s pinball machine and the innovative textures of his guitar pedal collection. Harper even ran his electric guitar through a homemade amp, creating a signature tone that still nods to his favorite players – from John Mayer to Lindsey Buckingham to Phoebe Bridges – without losing its singular character. These six songs are his most personal to date, yet the issues they examine – the strained bonds between loved ones; the mourning of friends who are no longer with us; the desire to live a life that’s honest, meaningful, and real, despite the distractions of modern-day existence – are common.
“This is a project about finding myself through my music and hoping I can leave a trail for others to find themselves within it, as well,” he says. “It’s music that guides people through tough times.”
Corey has toured with the likes of Niall Horan, Noah Kahan, Julia Michaels and has also performed at Bonnaroo, BottleRock, Sasquatch, Ohana Festival and more.
Stay tuned for the latest from Corey Harper and for more info, please visit www.coreyharpermusic.com.