Cory Marks

Cory Marks

Cory Marks

Mixing country music with the hard hitting stomp of rock & roll, Cory Marks released his debut album ‘Who I Am’ this past August – filled with autobiographical storytelling and guitar-driven anthems, that has garnered praise globally.

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Full of autobiographical storytelling, guitar-driven anthems, drinking songs, and breakup ballads,  his songs are rooted in the influence of Cory’s hometown, where he grew up surrounded by the salt-of-the-earth residents of North Bay, Ontario.

It was there where he began playing drums at ten years old.  Whenever he wasn’t banging along to songs by Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rush, he was listening  to his parents’ country records, developing a deep appreciation for outlaws like Waylon Jennings and  Merle Haggard. Those two genres — classic country and amped-up rock — would eventually join forces  in Marks’ own music, earning him a string of gigs with heavyweights like Toby Keith and Brantley Gilbert  along the way. 

Before launching his songwriting career, and changing the trajectory of his life, Marks would prove  himself in the hockey rink and pursue dreams of becoming a fighter pilot. He strapped on his first pair of  skates at 3 years old, eventually earning a spot on the university hockey team at Royal Military College,  and was a dominating presence on the ice, thanks to his 6-foot 1 inch, 220-pound frame.

Prior to  attending college, he enrolled in a private pilot school where he logged in almost 100 flight hours and  eventually had the opportunity to fly one of those hours with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds in the  summer of 2017. He continues working towards his private pilot license. 

While in college, he never stopped playing music but did so privately… that is, until he joined his  teammates at a local bar one night and found himself pushed onstage when the regularly scheduled musician took a break. “My friends knew I played a little music, and they were chanting for me to do  some songs,” he remembers. “It was a packed little bar. I did two originals and two covers, and  afterward, people were coming up to me and asking where I was playing next. I didn’t have an answer for them, because this was literally the first time I’d ever sung in front of anyone.” Cory began making  weekly trips to the bar, hopping onstage with each visit. As time went on, he wrote a new batch of  songs, hit the road, and hasn’t looked back since. 

A road warrior, Cory has built a strong following not only in Canada, but also in America, where he has  been recording with award-winning producer, Kevin Churko. Along with Kevin’s son Kane – the Juno  Award-winning producer and songwriter, the three of them worked together in Churko’s Las Vegas  studio, capturing the energy and electricity of Cory’s live show. It was a natural partnership. Like Cory,  Kevin had grown up playing drums, eventually expanding his career to include collaborations with  country artists like Shania Twain and rock icons like Ozzy Osbourne. “We both appreciate country music  greats like Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, but we love the heavier side of rock & roll and metal,  too,” Cory says of his producer and mentor. “We decided to mash it all together. It’s funny, because  when I was growing up, my favorite records were Ozzy records. I dreamt of having that kind of  production on one of my own records. Sure enough, seven years into my career, I’ve partnered with the  producer who worked on all those albums. What a cool circle.”