INTERVIEW: Cory Marks

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Out In The Rain”?

OUT IN THE RAIN IS A POWERFUL BALLAD THAT EXPRESSES THE STRUGGLES IN TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS. IN THIS CASE IT’S LZZY AND I AS TWO LOVERS SPEAKING BACK TO ONE ANOTHER AND REALLY UNSURE OF HOW IT TURNS OUT IN THE END. DO THEY MAKE IT WORK? DO THEY WALK AWAY? THIS CAN HAPPEN IN ANY RELATIONSHIP ESPECIALLY WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE OR ADDICTION. LOVER, FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

OF COURSE. LOST LOVE AND LOST FRIENDS OVER THE YEARS TO THESE KINDS OF SITUATIONS. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

IT WAS GREAT, I LOVE SHOOTING VIDEOS AND IT WAS NICE TO HELP DIRECT AND CREATE A PICTURE AND ALMOST RELIVE THAT TIME IN MY LIFE BUT SEE IT FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN OR THIRD PERSON POINT OF VIEW!

The single comes off your new album Who I Am – what’s the story behind the title?

THE ALBUM IS REALLY MY STORY OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS. THE GOOD, BAD AND THE UGLY! THE MUSIC ITSELF REPRESENTS WHO I AM AS A PERSON, SONGWRITER AND MUSICIAN. AS MY MANAGER SAYS IM STRONG TOUGH AND TENDER IS HIS WAY OF DESCRIBING ME BUT I TRIED REPRESENTS ALL MUSIC I LOVED AND GREW UP ON FROM RUSH, HAGGARD, OZZY TO PANTERA! 

How was the recording and writing process?

IT WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT TRAVELING BACK AND FORTH TO VEGAS FOR ME BETWEEN TOURS AND FOR KEVING BETWEEN ALBUMS BUT IT WAS AMAZING NONETHELESS AND I CAN’T WAIT TO GET BACK AND START RECORD #2.

What role does Canada play in your music?

WELL, THAT DEPENDS WHICH ANGLE I LOOK AT IT .. THE FANS ARE CLEARLY LOVING IT, I HIT #12 ON THE ROCK RADIO CHARTS …STILL WAITING FOR CANADIAN COUNTRY RADIO TO COME ON BOARD. THE REST OF THE WORLD HAS, SO I HOPE THEY START SHOWING SOME LOVE FOR THEIR FELLOW CCMA FAMILY MEMBER CHANGING THE GAME ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. THEY’VE DEFINITELY HELP ME WRITE SONGS LIKE “OUTLAWS & OUTSIDERS” in which they made me feel over the last few years AND “KEEP DOING WHAT I DO”. 

How does your background as a hockey player influence your work as an artist?

HOCKEY TAUGHT ME TO WORK HARD, TEAMWORK, BE PATIENT AND TO BE TOUGH 😉 

With your music getting so much momentum as you were putting this album together – did you feel any pressure or rather the opposite?

YEAH, LOTS OF PRESSURE. I’M REALLY PROUD OF THIS RECORD AND WANT IT TO BE GREAT BUT ONCE ITS OUT TO THE WORLD ITS FOR THEM TO DECIDE…. I THINK THEY HAVE. WE ARE TAKING COUNTRY MUSIC DOWN A NEW ROAD AND NEW LEVEL. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

LIFE. 

What else is happening next in Cory Marks’ world?

I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO TOUR SOON OR START PERFORMING BUT THIS YEAR I’LL ALSO BE RELEASING A CHRISTMAS SINGLE WHICH I’M THRILLED ABOUT! 

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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