Growing up in Eastern Ontario (South of Ottawa), Canada, Cory M. Coons has been performing, writing and recording music since age 13. In 2015, he was nominated at the “Producer’s Choice Honors”, (formerly Los Angeles Music Awards), in the “Rock Artist Of The Year” category. In 2014, Coons won the Producer’s Choice Honor for “Studio Album Of The Year” for his Independent EP “Share A Little Time.” Coons also received nominations for “Male Singer/Songwriter” and “Record Of The Year.”
Now, Cory M. Coons returns with a brand new melodic rock album, “The Long Road Home”, which includes his latest single, “Once Too Many, Twice Not Enough.” As with Coon’s previously mentioned EP, Multi-Gold and Platinum veteran music producer Ron Nevison, (Heart, Bad Company, Chicago, Damn Yankees, Survivor, Styx, Night Ranger) returned to produce the project.
Cory took time from his busy schedule to answer questions in this exclusive interview...
IS: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. With writing, recording, and performing live, not to mention teaching guitar, how do
you find time for a personal life?
Cory M. Coons: I think you just have to find the right balance in life and a career in music. And have people in your life that u understand the challenges and adversities of the music business. I try to make decisions now based on what is not only best for me and my career, but also for my family, And I try to only take the right chances or opportunities that come my way. Family is always most important... But if you are also doing what you love and are passionate about it, that can also go a long way in maintaining a happy and productive life.
IS: What is your favorite part about the music industry and being a musician?
CMC: Probably getting my music out to as many people as possible. And being able to share in the give and take with fans and listeners. It's all about people being able to take something positive from what we do as artists I think? And of course getting to work with some of the very cool people that I have the opportunity to over the past few years, and travelling to some great places has been great as well!
IS: Tell us about your latest album "The Long Road Home." How is it different from your previous releases?
CMC: I think this new album has a real "flow" to the songs. And my core influences really shine through. We made sure to go with what we thought were the strongest songs that hopefully have a lasting impact, and tried not to have any "filler" songs on there. And also a good balance of up-tempo rocking songs, to medium tempo songs and a couple of ballad style songs as well. I think it's a great mix, and I am very happy with this record!
IS: Are you involved with any charities or non-profit organizations or causes?
CMC: Not currently... I have been involved once or twice per year performing for Canadian Cancer Society events and other occasional charity events in the past.
IS: If you could have seen any artist perform, in their heyday, who would that have been and why?
CMC: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Tom and the band have been an influence on some of my music over the years as well.
IS: What are you working on next? What do you think your next release will be like?
CMC: I am always writing... I think anything that I write has to be true to myself, and hopefully resonate with my listeners out there. I think when I release more new music, it will probably stay true to my current melodic sound, and maybe build on more harmony layered vocals.
IS: We love your "Seven Year Itch" video. Any plans for a new music video? If so, please tell us about it.
CMC: I am considering doing a video for one of the new songs from my latest release. I do have a lyric video for "Long Road", and potentially will do one for the latest single, "Once Too Many, Twice Not Enough".
IS: What do you think is the most common reason that artists fail, and how do you make sure that doesn't happen to you?
CMC: Maybe not believing in yourself? Listening to the wrong people can have a negative effect on someone's career. Don't believe everything someone might tell you either... Go with your instincts, and gut feelings.
IS: Which do you like better, recording or performing live?
CMC: I like both. They each have their times where one or the other resonates with me. :)
IS: Thanks again for the interview. Any shout outs you'd like to give, or any advice you'd like to pass along to our readers?
CMC: Thanks to Michael Stover at MTS. And to all of my friends, fans and supporters who continue to support my music. And also to any new fans who may have just recently learned about, or heard my music. Thank you! My advice would be to surround yourself with the right people, and follow your passions in whatever you do. I believe that is very important!