Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with Corey Cox

I am hanging out today that plays the kind of music that I grew up on. Not what you expect to find in the middle of Broad Ripple but more in the cornfields of the out skirts of town, he brings a true sense of the word country to the stage. Looking like he belongs right next to the Kenny’s, Toby’s, and Jason’s of the country music scene, his image matches his sound perfectly. His vocals are just as good and it is my pleasure to introduce you to Corey Cox.

What is your first memory of country music?

My parents were video taping me singing Billy Ray Cyrus and his hit song Achy Breaky heart when I was three years old. And yes, I still have the tape.

When did you know that you wanted to make a run at this thing they call music?

After I played at my high school talent show and received such positive feedback. I guess you could say positive feedback was my motivation to really take a shot at this.

Where do you get inspiration to write a new song?

Most of the time sitting in my room at around 3:00 in the morning is when I do my best writing. I tend to always have a lot on my mind then for some reason.

I hope that there is not a train coming. Who did that photo shoot?

(Laughs) Actually one of my best friends Evan Parker took those photos. He is also the person who designed my MySpace page, my logo, and all of my t-shirts. I am pretty lucky to have a friend who is also a graphic designer.

You play Indiana quite a bit. Do you have any thoughts of branching out of the city?

Actually yes, I do. Some out of state gigs are currently in the process of being planned. So make sure you all keep checking the MySpace page for updates.

You are a true storyteller in your lyrics. Tell me a story.

I believe that country music is all about telling a story. Telling a story that people can relate to. I want to be able to put my life into my songs in a way that almost anyone can relate to.

Which came first; the image or the music?

I feel like they both came together. Obviously, a good image helps. However, it’s nothing without good music.

What is your motivation to get up on stage night after night?

First off, I want to be able to put on a show where people can just come and have a good time and get away from any troubles they might be experiencing. Most of all I just want to be able to show everyone what I am about as an artist. There is no better way to do that than getting up on stage night after night.

What is the largest crowd that you have ever played for?

Around 3,000 opening up for Diamond Rio

The smallest?

Probably about 10 or so; 5 of which were my family.

What is your favorite venue to play?

Anywhere with a big stage! Outdoor venues are always fun too.

What is your first memory of the guitar?

Trying to learn “Smoke on the Water” like every other young kid who gets a guitar for the first time.

Any plans on an album this year?

That is still in the works. We are currently in the process of laying out a plan for this next year.

Do you work outside of playing music?

I worked at The Buckle clothing store over the summer, but had to stop once school started.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Tom Petty.

If you could tour with anyone in the industry right now who would it be?

I would love to go on a tour with Toby Keith or Keith Urban. I have been to both of those concerts and the energy they bring to the stage is outstanding.

You have already mentioned it a time or two. What are your thoughts on MySpace?

It’s a great way for artists to communicate with fans.

What would you be doing if it were not playing music?

I am currently a student. I used to play baseball at Anderson University but decided that there wouldn’t be time for music and baseball both.

What was it like playing the same stage as the great Diamond Rio?

Unreal. It was hard to think that I was actually opening up for a group that I grew up listening to.

What’s it like working with Mike Petrow?

Mike is great. Him and Dane Clark were both a pleasure to work with.

So I want to hear your songs on the radio. Where do I go to make that happen?

Call in and request at: 97.1 HANK FM, 102.5 WMDH, 106.3 Country Thunder, CATZ Radio (online) and Fat Boys Radio.

Is the one that got away a real person or just creative songwriting?

(Laughs) It actually is a real person. Real life experiences make for the best songs.

Let’s say that you are offered a $250,000 record deal but it is someone else’s lyrics and it is a rap album. Do you do it?

No way. I feel like when making music, staying true to one’s roots makes for the best outcome.

Let’s get some pizza. What toppings?

Only Cheese. You’re talking to a very picky eater.

Who would be your opener if you headlined at Verizon Wireless Music Center?

I honestly don’t know. Hopefully one day I will be able to have that decision to make.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

On tour. That is what I really want to do.

What do you want to be remembered for when this is all said and done?

An artist who stayed true to his roots. I want to stay true to who I am as a writer and singer. I would love for people to still be able to relate to my music twenty years from now.

I always let the artist get the last word. Go.

I would love to take this opportunity to thank anyone and everyone who has helped me get started on this exciting journey. I could not do what I do without the help of everyone who has been there for be thus far. I hope to continue to grow closer to all of you and look forward to extending my career with you all being a part of it. Also, I would like to thank all of my fans whom have supported me! Continue to spread the word and keep coming out to shows! Could not do it without you guys!