Kory Burns returns to the airwaves with “Radio”, his seductive new R&B pop track about inviting that special someone home to put nothing on… but the radio. “We had a lot of fun recording the song,” Kory recalls from his South Florida home. “I flew Sean McMillion in from Atlanta, who has worked on every song I’ve released, and I finally got the chance to work with Carlos Battey who I have wanted to collaborate with for some time.” Producer and writer Sean McMillion is best known for his work with Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Snoop Dog. Carlos Battey is an award-winning songwriter/producer. He won a Grammy for his dance remix of Madonna and David Guetta’s “Revolver.” “I’m so happy with the final product. The song is fun, flirty; exactly the sound I was going for.”
“I never really stick to one theme in my music,” Kory Burns continues. “I have songs about love, religion, my parents… I just go off of whatever I’m going through in the moment. Radio is 100% different from my last single, ‘Follow the Leader’ because that was a personal song with a very strong message and this one is, well, not. It’s more upbeat and feel good because that’s what the world needs right now.”
He says he was inspired to write the song from his years hosting parties at nightclubs. “There were those nights where you would see someone and just think, ‘I wanna take you home right now!’ So you try and sometimes it would happen and sometimes… anytime I tried, I succeeded,” he laughs.
Kory Burns grew up in South Florida, the only child of a single mother. When he was three years old, he heard Mariah Carey’s “Dreamlover” and he knew right away he was going to be a singer.
He met the late, great singer-songwriter Betty Wright when he was in high school – at the Christmas tree lot where he was working – and she became a mentor. “My uncle owns the largest Christmas tree business in Miami,” he explains. “It’s been running for over three decades and lots of celebrities come in for a tree each year.
“Betty had been coming for years but I didn’t know anything about the legend that she was! My mom knew and she introduced us. Betty then took me under her wing.”
Betty appreciated Kory’s eagerness and his drive to always do the work that was put in front of him. She lent her expertise as Kory released several hit tracks, including “Count the Ways” and “Runaway,” and she watched as he has matured and grew as a person: mentally, spiritually and physically.
“Working with Betty was a blessing,” he reflects. “She taught me things you can only learn from experience and I really tried to absorb everything that I could. We had so many incredible moments together; she even took me to the Grammys! I truly believe Betty’s watching over me from heaven.”
“I think I’m more determined now than ever before,” Kory continues. “I’m no longer afraid or worried about being perfect and I’m learning to really enjoy this journey and embrace my unique sound and look.”
His look differentiates with his mood. He usually tries to keep his style clean and classy, but likes to have fun from time to time, as his Twitter followers who have seen him dressed in his Taco Bell Diablo Sauce bottle costume will attest to. “I love dressing up for a special occasion or event. It’s all about spreading as much positive and good energy out there as I can.”
He doesn’t expect his outfit to be that outrageous for his upcoming live performance of “Radio” at the 2020 Miss Hope Pageant, but it may be a bit out there. “I plan on looking very Kory Burns, if you will. Something slightly over the top but not too over the top.”
Due to the pandemic, it will be a smaller audience than originally planned, but it’s an audience nonetheless. After long months in quarantine, Kory is excited to be able to return to a stage with a new song.
“Radio celebrates being single, doing who I want, when I want and how I want. That’s that. Even in the middle of a pandemic, I’m having as much fun as I can right now.”
Kory Burns’ “Radio” is being released independently and is available now on Apple Music, Amazon and all other major retailers, as well as for streaming through Spotify. Its video is on YouTube. For more information, follow Kory Burns on Instagram @ KORYBURNS and Facebook @ KORYBURNS1.