“Country music is all those things that art is supposed to be," he says. "It’s populist, it’s infectious and, most importantly, it’s about people. So country music should be about artists holding a mirror back to themselves to reflect what they’re experiencing in their own little towns.”
Clearly, country fans feel the same way. Corey has amassed an unfailingly devout fan base, not only in his native Southeast region, but all around the nation. He has released seven studio albums all written and produced by Corey himself. And his concerts, documented on the album Live in Chattanooga, regularly sell out, with audiences singing along to such fan favorites as the coming-of-age anthem “Twenty-One,” the nostalgic time warp “If I Could Do It Again,” the group hug “I Love Everyone” and the ode to settling down, "Ain't Going Out Tonight."
Corey made his Grand Ole Opry debut on May 18, 2013. “I used to listen to the show with my Grandma," he says. "I have always dreamed of performing on the Opry."
It's his grandmother who first introduced the unique singer/songwriter to the genre he calls home.
“There’s more than one way to skin a cat in country music,” Corey says with a smile. “What makes me different is that I write all these songs, and I write from the heart and live all these songs. But I want to be a part of the country music establishment. Whenever I visit the Country Music Hall of Fame when I’m in Nashville, I leave there feeling really inspired. This is what I’m a part of, and I want to make my mark.”
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