Exclusive Artist Review: Cory M. Wells – “The River” & “Change Of Heart” Singles

Denver’s Cory M. Wells began hitting the ground running in the music realm during his early teenage years, diligently mastering his craft in guitar, piano and violin as his weapons of choice. And soon enough, he began writing his own material and also formed his well-known rock outfit Falling Through April. But on top of his band efforts at the time, Wells in 2016 officially launched his solo career and quickly began taking the scene by storm. At age 17 he won the prestigious “Queen City Idol” competition and also began working alongside prominent producers like Rene Moore (Michael Jackson, Jay-Z) as well as performing opening slots for industry heavyweights like Third Eye Blind and many others. Now in 2021, Cory M. Wells has established a promising career for himself after several successful releases, including his track “Change Of Heart” and his most recent single “The River”, two diligently crafted tunes with distinctive flavors that showcase two very effective angles of Cory’s signature sound.

“Change Of Heart” is very atmospheric with multi layered drums, blissful acoustic guitar swells and ambient keyboard leads that tie the anchor melodies together. Cory’s mid-to-high range voice is right out in the forefront of the mix and really delivers passionate measures of melody. His performance value parallels the production value almost perfectly and really captures his biggest strengths as a songwriter and performer. This song serves up quite the visceral journey and you will be instantly impressed with it upon first listen. Which brings us to Cory’s most recent single “The River”, a piano-based anthem that captures the same musical essence as his previous track but also brings a more traditional flavor to the table. This beautiful song really shines light on Cory’s writing ability and really delves deep into his vocal melody structures. This track will easily get stuck in your head, but it isn’t some kind of pretentious Pop sensibility or one-trick method, this song delivers solid hooks that bring out every melodic measure from start to finish. It’s performed with a very natural approach, impressively embracing more traditional production methods as opposed to today’s tendency to have producers throw in overproduced studio theatrics. “The River” truly captures Cory M. Wells’ authenticity and his overall artistic merit – bound to leave a strong impression on anyone who comes into contact with this single.

Both singles are very strong releases that really deliver solid performances from Cory M. Wells’ craft. If this is your first time hearing him, then it definitely won’t be your last either. You can find both singles now on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Craig Ball – “Content In Bed” EP

Emerging from the Minneapolis music scene in Minnesota, Alt-Folk recording artist Craig Ball began hitting the ground running in the music world over 20 years ago when he began writing songs and playing local shows. Known for his distinctively catchy signature sound, Craig garnered an insatiable buzz and critical acclaim with his debut single “Kind Things” last year. This year in 2021, he has followed up that single with his debut EP ‘Content In Bed’, a 6-track record of anthemic folk tunes with the wittiness, charm and catchiness that makes Craig Ball the uniquely versatile artist that he is today.

This is an excellent debut EP that really shines a light on several crucial musicianship factors. Craig Ball displays a passionate craft on each song and really plays his heart out in a way where the listener can resonate with the messages he conveys through the power of his music. Opening title track “Content In Bed” and follow up track “I Can’t Quit” brilliantly open this record with anthemic goodness that showcases Craig’s gifted songwriting structures and story-telling lyrics. Both songs have smooth acoustic guitar progressions that parallel beautifully with Craig’s mid-range vocal melodies, delivering a uniquely crisp Alt-Folk flavor in his very own multifaceted style. He has a signature sound that is completely in his own realm, but also diligently balances originality and familiarity in a way that is fresh yet still identifiable. He performs with that classic Folk aura but still manages to implement a modern sensibility that can captivate a younger crowd as well.

Another highlight on this EP is the song “Good On You”. A more upbeat anthem that has a Bad Moon Rising vibe with additional flavors and textures reminiscent of other industry heavyweights like Ireland’s Flogging Molly. This upbeat number is one of the most catchy of the EP and will easily become a favorite from this record. “Everything looks good on you” will definitely stick in your head! One more crucial highlight on this EP is the atmospheric and ambient “All The Way To Mars”. A more innovative track on the record with beautiful piano flutters and a spacey keyboard lead that really sets a modern tone on this song. It’s another additional angle to Craig’s signature sound that showcases his talent in an effective way, just like the other songs on this record. Overall, ‘Content In Bed’ is an EP of classic folk songs that will inspire the ear, soothe the soul and entice you to dive deeper into Craig Ball’s career and subsequent releases. His brilliantly crafted sound has staying power that will satisfy any fan of the folk genre and will easily become one of your favorites in 2021. The EP is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave this record a spin.


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Exclusive Artist Interview: Jeremy Gorman

San Francisco’s rising artist Jeremy Gorman so far in 2021 has been undoubtedly making some prominent and crucial moves with his career – from the insatiable buzz manifesting from the recent release of his acclaimed new anthemic single “Brave Enough To Be” as well as the high anticipation surrounding his upcoming sophomore album, Gorman has successfully captured the undivided attention of both old fans and fresh listeners alike; continuing to showcase his distinctively catchy signature sound that diligently balances equal parts originality and familiarity. As he continues to hit the ground running, we got the chance to sit down with him for a comprehensive interview to get the inside scoop on Gorman’s past, present, and the prospects of his promising future and beyond.


How long have you been active under your current artist name?

Though I’ve been an active artist for the last forty years, I’ve only been a solo artist since 2020 with the debut of my first album “…Another Day”

What music scene/city do you currently represent?

I live, work and perform in the North Bay Area, Sonoma County specifically. That said, I have performed all over the San Francisco Bay Area and my livestream has a global reach, with regular viewers throughout Europe in particular.

The pandemic has really thrown a wrench into the live music experience and for artists altogether. How has it affected you and your career?

It’s been really tough this last year, not being able to perform in-person. The relationship between an artist and an audience is why we do this and there’s just no substitute for the energy created in that moment. In 2020, I started doing a monthly livestream to keep the connection going and expand my reach. As it happens though, I just had my first in-person performance last week since the pandemic, and it was so exhilarating to be with my fans again!

What are some of your music influences?

My influences are varied and growing all the time. I grew up on the Beatles and early British Invasion bands, but my parents were always listening to jazz and classical music, so that’s very much a part of my musical DNA. My first passion is guitar, so I am very influenced by Jeff Beck, Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton, though I started playing professionally in the days of Eddie Van Halen and Neil Schon, so that’s in there too! As a songwriter I’m more influenced by storytellers, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, Jason Isbell among others. But if you look at my material, it can be hard to pin down sometimes as I’ve covered a lot of different genres!

What kind of concepts do you tend to write about as an artist? Shine some light on that.

There’s an old saying… “write what you know” and I have certainly done that, in songs like ‘Another Day’ about finding hope in the midst of the pandemic, or ‘Brave Enough To Be’ as a response to Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem The Hill We Climb. But I look at my songs as “mini novels”, so I may write about the death of a conflicted protagonist in ‘Kings Get Broken’ or Sam the Hobbit from Lord of the Rings in ‘Sam’s Lament.’ I can be political at times as well, such as in my song ‘Reckoning’.

When is your next release coming out?

I just released ‘Brave Enough To Be’ on April 16th of this year and that will be part of my second album, coming out in November 2021! I’ve got about 2/3 of the album written and recorded, so I’m right on track!

What’s in store for you in 2021? Give us the goods.

Well… 2021 is going to be an interesting year.. there’s a lot still unknown about what “normal” will be, but here’s what I’ve got going so far. A new album in November, a recurring livestream the 2nd Friday of every month, more live shows in the North Bay and I’m producing albums for others as well! In addition to be an artist myself, I am also a recording engineer and producer, so I’ll be busy!!


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