Hailing from the small town of South Mountain, Ontario (Near Ottawa), Canada, Cory M. Coons has been writing, recording and performing music professionally for over a decade and a half. After a successful 12 year stint with his former "Tycoons" (70's/80's Retro-Rock Party Band), Cory now continues to branch out and perform as a multi-talented Solo Recording Artist, both Acoustically & with Backing Band. In late 2012', his brand new Cd "Here And Now" (Produced with Bob Windsor at Soundbox Studios), has just been released independently, along with the help of his new single to Canadian Radio "Roses Need The Rain" early in January of 2013'. Cory's sound and many influences have been a collective of various genres like Melodic Pop-Rock & Southern-Rock, to Crossover/Country. Cory is also a well respected Freelance Guitar Instructor in the local St. Lawrence Seaway Valley and Ottawa area, and has opened and performed alongside such treasured National Canadian Artists like April Wine, Kim Mitchell, Glass Tiger, David Wilcox & Prairie Oyster. With original and diverse commercial melodies, blended with tasty- driving rock rhythms and well rounded musicianship, Cory M. Coons is a uniquely talented Recording Artist!
Cory M. Coons - Vocals, Guitars & Harmonica
1999'- "Tycoons" (Debut Indie Rock L.p)
2004'- "Limited Edition" CMC (6 Song Promo E.p)
2004'- "From The Ground Up" (Debut Solo L.p with Singles "Crumbs" & "Unanswered")
2007'- "Tycoons II" (Promotional E.p)
2007'- "Acoustified" (Acoustic Collection)
2010'- "Retrospective" (Compilation L.p 1999'- 2010')
2012- "Here And Now" (New Studio Release)
2013- "Roses Need The Rain" : (New single streaming on Canadian Radio & RadioAirplay.com
Roses Need The Rain
Would You Stay
The First Of July
Nowhere But Here
When A Dream Was All We Had
Crumbs (Radio Edit)
Old Man Plays On
Cory M. Coons Plays Papa Gus, Sat, Feb 16th
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Nelson Nandbergen Record Staff CHESTERVILLE — Fresh off the release of his latest radio singl...
Fresh off the release of his latest radio single, veteran local performer Cory M. Coons brings his repertoire of original and cover tunes to Chesterville this month.
“We’ll be playing a few selections off the new CD and some older stuff as well,” says the 40-year-old South Mountain resident of his Feb. 16 show at Papa Gus Bar & Grill.
A mainstay on the local music scene, the lead singer and guitar player last month dropped the debut single, “Roses Need The Rain”, off his third and latest solo album, Here & Now.
The CD is “kind of country, pop and rock all in one,” says Coons, also describing his style as “rootsy rock meets country rock.” He counts a range of influences from his years growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, from Bon Jovi to John Mellencamp, Bryan Adams and Keith Urban. While admitting to being a professional musician for the past 15 years, he’s been playing in bands since his
graduation from Seaway District High School, touring Northern Ontario in ’92-’93 with one outfit and later travelling the southern U.S. with another.
More recently, Coons was known as the frontman for local retro rockers, The Tycoons. Through a lengthy career, he’s opened or shared the stage with such Canadian greats as April Wine,
Kim Mitchel, Glass Tiger, David Wilcox, Prairie Oyster and Danick Dupelle. His current backup band includes musicians from the Kemptville area, among them Bob Windsor of local
Eddie & The Stingrays fame and proprietor of Soundbox Studios. Windsor co-produced Coons’s latest album and single, which were independently released, making full use of the online digital
distribution techniques available to self-starting artists these days. “Roses Need The Rain” has garnered some airplay on “community and college-type” radio, according to Coons, who
looks forward to returning to Papa Gus’s. He last played the venue when it was located in Finch. “We’d like to see a lot of people coming and supporting local talent.”
Another local band from the Finch and Berwick area, Shot in the Dark, will open at 9:30 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10 at the door.
Coons’s recordings are available at corymervincoons.com as CDs and as digital downloads via links to Cd Baby and their online partners, including iTunes.
Cory M. Coons plays Papa Gus, Sat., Feb. 16. The South Mountain recording artist’s latest album is titled Here & Now.
Cory Coons Hitting The Airwaves With Single From Latest Album
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Cory Coons hitting the airwaves with first single from latest album by Sandy Casselman - Press staff...Cory Coons hitting the airwaves with first single from latest album by Sandy Casselman - Press staff.
SOUTH MOUNTAIN – For fans of South Mountain’s Cory M. Coons, hearing the
latest song written and sung by this local musician is as simple as turning on the radio. Coons, who has been writing, recording, and performing music locally for more than 15 years, has just released the single, “Roses Need the Rain,” from his newest album, Here and Now, to radio stations across Canada. Coons’ musical career has gone through several incarnations over the years, beginning with well-received performances as a member of several different teenage bands during his years as a student at Seaway District High School in Iroquois, back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. While Coons has spent a good portion of his musical career as part of a band, most recently as front man for the local cover band Tycoons, he is enjoying his work as a solo artist, and plans to continue on this path for the foreseeable future. When asked about the inspiration for his newest single, Coons said, “I like to write in a way that leaves room for the listener to take on their own interpretation of the story.”However, Coons said, the song essentially tells the story of two young lovers and their experience facing the world together. His style, he said, is a mix of pop, rock, and country with a roots-y, southern-rock element to it. He’s also been told that his music has a bit of a ’70s/’80s flair. According to Coons, hearing one’s song on the radio for the first time is quite exciting, and while he’s looking forward to hearing “Roses Need the Rain” playing on the local stations, his main focus right now is on reaching as many new listeners as possible. Here and Now, which was produced at Soundbox Studios in Kemptville by owner Robert Windsor (Eddy and the Stingrays), is Coons’ third official solo album to date. “I think it gets more exciting with each new release,”he said. “I think you grow as an artist and a writer with the more you create.” As for his future plans, Coons will continue building and fostering the relationships he has created here at home with family, friends, and fans. This, however, doesn’t mean he won’t consider branching out to a wider market if the opportunity presents itself one day. “I love it. As long as I stay true to what I love to do, and not try to be something I’m not… be as real and honest as I can… then everything will work out the way it’s supposed to,” he said. In addition to being heard on the radio, Coons can also be heard playing live at any
number of local venues. For performance dates and locations or to purchase his new single or CD, visit www.corymervincoons.com.
NewCanadianMusic.com - Posting Jan 4th/2013
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Roses Need The Rain - Single Cory M. Coons Formerly the frontman of the retro-rocking Ty...
Roses Need The Rain - Single
Cory M. Coons
Formerly the frontman of the retro-rocking Tycoons, singer/songwriter Cory M. Coons explores his rootsier side on new single "Roses Need The Rain". It is released just ahead of a new CD, Here And Now, co-produced with Robert Windsor, owner of Soundbox Studios. With influences ranging from Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams to Keith Urban, Coons fuses pop and rock elements with country, as can be detected on this radio-friendly cut.
— Kerry Doole
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cory M. Coons - Roses Need The Rain Released to Canadian Radio
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Cory M. Coons Roses Need The Rain Released To Radio Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 For Immediate...Cory M. Coons
Roses Need The Rain
Released To Radio
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
For Immediate Release
Ottawa – Cory M. Coons has been writing, recording and performing music professionally for more than 15 years. Now, this South Mountain, Ontario native will add to his musical history with the release to radio of his latest single, Roses Need The Rain.
The popular musician is a respected solo artist, songwriter, freelance guitar instructor and formerly a popular performer in the Seaway Valley and Ottawa region as the frontman for his Retro-Rock Band Tycoons. Roses Need The Rain is a solo track from his new Cd Titled "Here And Now", co-produced with local producer and Soundbox Studios owner, Robert "Bob" Windsor.
Cory's sound and influences range from Bon Jovi, Styx, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Keith Urban, and Bryan Adams among many. He has also opened and shared the stage with Canadian greats April Wine, Kim Mitchell, Glass Tiger, David Wilcox, Prairie Oyster and Danick Dupelle (Emmerson Drive). Roses Need The Rain can be purchased online from Cory’s website as a single, or as part of the "Here And Now" Cd and Digital Album through Cd Baby and their digital partners.
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Cory M. Coons Bringing Retrospective to Local Venue
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Cory M. Coons bringing Retrospective to local venue Local News R. Comfort Friday, February 12th,...Cory M. Coons bringing Retrospective to local venue
Friday, February 12th, 2010
Ten years of recording, seemed like a good time to celebrate the work of Cory M. Coons and The Tycoons Band.
Well known locally, Coons is a writer, performer and recording artist, originally from South Mountain.
The CD celebrating the recording efforts of Coons and The Tycoons Band, entitled Retrospective is available at various retail locations throughout the region.
Coons will play a special lunchtime acoustic show at one of those retail locations, The Basket Case in Morrisburg, on Sat., Feb., 13 from about noon until 1 p.m.
Retrospective, has 20 tracks, including one new release, Every Time I Think About You.
Retrospective also includes crowd pleasing tracks like Crumbs and other popular tracks along with different, previously unreleased studio outtakes.
In 10 years, five CDs have been released under the Cory M. Coons and The Tycoons Band titles.
Coons sees Retrospective as a great opportunity for people to pick up his and the group’s best work in one package.
“Each song has a different story to share,” said Coons. “I like to tell stories that touch people.”
Since the work ranges from the intimate nature of acoustics to the showmanship of being part of a band, Coons has worked to showcase both aspects in this Retrospective package.
“This CD is not an end, just a culmination of work,” said Coons.
Looking to the future, He hopes that his work with Gary LaBarr, of Niagara Atlantic Entertainment Group, on his new track will help expand distribution and he said that he may even shoot a video for one of the tracks.
Coons says their style of music is a mix of rock and pop. “I would say southern rock, with a little folk rock.”
In addition to the Feb., 13 lunch hour show, Coons has a number of small events planned. He will be part of the Feb., 20 show at the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage and has a show planned in March at Boomers Sports Bar in Prescott.
For more information visit www.corymervincoons.com
Northeast In-Tune Magazine
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August 15, 2006 Bent Music By: Kathryn Vercillo Northeast In-Tune Magazine http://www.northeasti...August 15, 2006
By: Kathryn Vercillo
Northeast In-Tune Magazine
Every singer songwriter goes through phases of wondering whether the struggle and the sacrifice necessary to make a career out of music are worth the rewards of the work. For true singers, the struggle is insistent but not quite as insistent as the persistent internal need to make music. There is something within the heart of those singers which compels the music to keep coming despite any challenges the singer may face. Cory Mervin Coons is a shining example of a true singer.
Coons began his singing life in his small Canadian hometown, branching out as he grew musically. His singing career spans fifteen years, during which time he has had numerous musical successes, but he has never strayed far from the simplicity of his roots. His lyrics exemplify this, as he sings with a simple nostalgia commemorating a time gone by, a time when simple ideals were enough to satisfy the desires of individual men.
For example, in Crumbs, Coons sings about a father who works all day and into the night and a mother who puts the kids to bed in a town where there’s a morning dew out in the fields and you can smell the pancakes on the grill in a time when you won’t find a lock on my front door. This possibly idealized vision of life is matched with a similar idealized appreciation of love, which is exhibited in "Unanswered". This love song is a blend of country and rock melodies which says that Love’s the silent laughter that rings in your head And true love is still the answer, in your unanswered prayer.
Though he sings about such simple country ideals, Coons does not come across as naive. In fact, he uses the strength of his ideals to support actual change in the world. His most recent success in this venture was to have Crumbs used to help market the Alesse birth control pill, showing that he is not going to shy away from harsh truths despite his hopeful ideals. Similarly, he speaks simply in Faded Glory about the uneasy truth that With war and hate among us / There’s a cry for love and peace. This Canadian may be singing about modern American political issues, but it is almost as if he is speaking simple truths about the state of any society at any rough time in their history. It is almost as though he is timeless.
This sense of timelessness extends to the sound of the music as well. Coons says that his musical influences include the older songs of Elvis Presley and the newer songs of bands like Bon Jovi. In Crumbs, there is a hint of old Aerosmith in the sound of his voice. What rings through all of this music is the sense that these are merely influences affecting his style and not bands that he actually sounds like or makes any attempt to imitate. It seems that he is a singer who knows the solid core of his own sound but isn’t afraid to experiment a little bit here and there to see if another style might augment his own.
Canadian Musician Magazine
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Tycoons - July/Aug 2008 July 17th, 2008 There is more than a hint of nostalgia in the music of ...Tycoons - July/Aug 2008
July 17th, 2008
There is more than a hint of nostalgia in the music of four-piece rock act TYCOONS.
Fronted by lead vocalist/guitarist Cory M. Coons, TYCOONS has existed in one form or another since 1999 when Coons cut his first record.
Coons’ current bandmates include bass player Francis Thibodeau and drummer Barry Billingham, both of whom have played with him for a number of years, and guitarist/songwriter Sean Page, who’s a relatively recent addition.
Together they crank out a brand of gritty guitar rock that owes a great deal to the inspiration of classic rock stalwarts like Bon Jovi, Rush, and April Wine and draws as well on proponents of southern rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Grinderswitch.
The sound is big and full with soaring vocals, tight harmonies, and plenty of slick licks.
Coons and company have the kind of honest, straight-ahead rock sound that a large chunk of the population over 30 is still looking for.
TYCOONS has been regular at venues throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway Valley circuit since 2000, but could likely hunker down in most parts of the country and find an audience with tracks like “Crumbs,” “Rhythm Train,” and “Too Many Nights.”
Although touring has been limited to Ontario, western Quebec, and northern New York state, bits and pieces of the music has found its way elsewhere. A number of songs have been used in corporate advertising campaigns – electronics giant Philips has utilized three of songs to promote its consumer media products. The band has also opened for a score of artists like David Wilcox, April Wine, Prairie Oyster, and Glass Tiger.
TYCOONS is gearing up for another CD due for release later this year or early in 2009. On deck is noted producer Gary LaBarr.
South Mountain Musician Goes Solo
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South Mountain recording artist Cory M Coons has just released his first solo CD, entitled From The ...South Mountain recording artist Cory M Coons has just released his first solo CD, entitled From The Ground Up. It's an 11 track CD, of which 10 of the compositions are his own.
The 11th selection was written by his friend, lead guitarist, Mike Kelly, an Iroquois native. Music for the CD was recorded at Little Chicago Studios in Smith Falls.
Coons is branding himself and his original music as CMC, to reflect his full name Cory Mervin Coons. When Coons and his band give a performance featuring only his songs, the group is billed as CMC. The group plays as CMC at festivals and other special occasions.
CMC members include Mike Kelly on lead and rhythm guitar and vocals, Bryan Deruchie on drums and percussion, and Francis Thibodeau on bass and vocals. Other artists included in the recording of From The Ground Up were Mike Anderson, Michelle Arthurs, John Locey and David Moquin.
Some of the band members have also performed as "Tycoons" with Cory when playing more established tunes that others have recorded, mostly from the1970's and 1980's. Even during group performances the band mixes in some original music by Coons. Both CMC, and Tycoons can be found playing at local clubs and fairs.
The band was recently one of the big attractions at the South Mountain Fair. It tends to give high-energy performances, encouraging audience participation. This is actually the second CD Coons has recorded. His first, entitled Tycoons was released in 1999.
Coons, who has been performing since his teen years, classifies his sound as light rock with an acoustic flavor, or southern rock. He said he was influenced greatly by Bon Jovi and John Mellencamp. It's clear that Coons is looking for more than just being part of a cover band that plays other people's music. He is determined to continue writing his own material and is looking forward to collaborating with lead guitarist Mike Kelly on his future compositions.
Local musician and singer/songwriter introduces new CD
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Dated: Wednesday, June 23, 2004. Cory Mervin Coons (CMC) has for some years been associated with...Dated: Wednesday, June 23, 2004.
Cory Mervin Coons (CMC) has for some years been associated with the Tycoons, a group of local lads from the South Mountain area who enjoy playing music. In fact this young man has been the driving force behind the cover band. Now he has taken the big step to a solo career. "I am very excited to be releasing my first solo CD" smiles CMC as we begin our interview. Although not a stranger to studio work, he released the CD titled, "Tycoons" in late 1999, but a renewed excitement and enthusiasm are evident for this solo effort. "The Tycoons sort of moulded themselves into more of a cover outfit (playing other people's songs) playing all the local clubs with your classic rock standards. With the new CD I am certainly more excited because it will be the majority of original material for each show." He goes on to explain that recording began on the new solo CD in January of this year at Little Chicago Studios in Smith's Falls. Produced by Tim Greencorn, Cory hopes to have it ready for release independently in July of this year.
Titled, "From the Ground Up," the official CD release party will be hosted later this summer at a venue in the local area. Keep your ears and eyes open for this announcement and be a part of it...
Members of the CMC band include: Mike Kelly on lead guitar and vocals, Bryan Deruchie on drums and percussion and Francis Thibodeau on bass and vocals. Mike helped with the solo CD, and Cory adamently pays tribute to his song writing skills.
As we speak about the music on the CD, Cory explains that a lot of the songs on disc get back to his roots as he was growing up near South Mountain listening to all kinds of music. He feels there is a bit of accoustic rock and a bit of folk as well as a little blues tossed into the mix. "My style is very melodic, but with an edge that Mike and I like to describe as a "Southern Ontario Sound"...I like to keep things as simple as I can. Sometimes though, I tend to experiment a little," says Cory with a hint of enthusiasm in his tone.
He talks about his relationship with Mike, "I am very proud to have worked with Mike, an Iroquois native who did all the lead guitar work on the CD. He brings a wonderful dynamic to my sound. He did an awesome job helping create the CMC sound. "I hope we can collaborate more in the future, he is a great song writer in his own right and he plays a mean guitar to boot."
The other band members are also featured on the tracks. An added bonus for Iroquois fans is the fact that Mike Anderson of Strings and Things in the Plaza is also featured as part of one of the songs as he plays banjo, a unique addition to the music. Cory tells us his sister-in-law, Michelle Arthurs from Johnstown does some great backup vocals on another song.
Listening to the CD at Cory and his new wife's home on a hot summer evening, it is clear this one is good. The sound drifts across the lawn and it is evident this one could just be what Cory Mervin Coons needs to kick start a solo career in the music business. Writing all the songs for the CD except the one Mike Kelly provided, Cory had ideas he wanted to turn into songs and if "Crumbs," the first song on the CD is an indication of his ability, there is little doubt, about his talent.
Most of his songs tell a story, usually drawing on previous experience and building on them, his work develops over time into what he wants to share. References to "A Strong Pair of Hands" would point to his dad whom he admires. "Faded Glory" has a line, "If you teach your children well, maybe we can live to tell.." gets quite philosophical, be he hastens to say "I am not preaching, just telling tales."
Hints of Southern USA can be detected in lines of songs as can the influences of those he admired as he was growing up: Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Johnny Cash, etc.
A song is included that is dedicated to his mother ("Violet") whom he lost to cancer two and a half years ago and "Unanswered" is dedicated to his wife Leighann, since she inspired him to finish this tune. He categorizes the choruses of some of the songs as melodic folksy and sees his music as hopeful. "I write with hope, not too depressing, trying to remain upbeat in my outlook." Keeping his music flavoured with Canada sounds, he works in bits and pieces from the local area and if you listen carefully you will recognize places and people familiar to you. CDs will be available on Canada Day at the Point as well as at Strings and Things in the Iroquois Plaza.
His enthusiasm is contageous and I can hardly wait for Canada Day when Cory and the Tycoons will be on stage at the Point. Part of the celebration, CMC will debut the solo CD between 2 and 3pm and then later in the evening from 7:30 through 9pm, CMC and the Tycoons will entertain the expected crowd. Upcoming shows this year include the South Mountain Fair Show, on August 20 and the Chesterville fair on August 27. We wish this young man all the luck possible as he embarks on a solo music career.
3- OLD MAN PLAYS ON
4- FADED GLORY
6- SPANISH DREAM IN PARADISE
7- ROSES NEED THE RAIN
8- SUMMERTIME FRIEND
9- THE FIRST OF JULY
10- WOULD YOU STAY
11- WHEN A DREAM (Was All We Had)
12- WALK AWAY & SMILE
13- HERE AND NOW (Instr.)
14- NOWHERE BUT HERE
15- HEART'S GONE BLIND
16- *SHARE A LITTLE TIME*
"Rock & Country-Rock" Covers:
1- SWEET HOME ALABAMA- LYNYRD SKYNYRD
2- PINK HOUSES- JC MELLENCAMP
3- SMALLTOWN- JC MELLENCAMP
4- WILD NIGHT- JC MELLENCAMP/VAN MORRISON
5- BROWN EYED GIRL- VAN MORRISON
6- FISHIN' IN THE DARK- NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
7- COPPERHEAD ROAD- STEVE EARLE
8- TAKE IT EASY- EAGLES
9- BAD MOON RISING- CCR
10- GREEN RIVER- C.C.R.
11- MARGARITAVILLE- JIMMY BUFFET
12- HEART OF GOLD- NEIL YOUNG
13- KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR- BOB DYLAN
14- SUMMER OF 69'- BRYAN ADAMS
15- IT'S MY LIFE- BON JOVI
16- LONG COOL WOMAN IN A BLACK DRESS- THE HOLLIES
17- ROCK N' ME BABY - STEVE MILLER BAND
18- KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF- GEORGIA SATELLITES
19- HARD TO HANDLE- BLACK CROWES
20- MAMA LET HIM PLAY- DOUCETTE
21- PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC- WILD CHERRY
22- MARY JANE'S LAST DANCE- TOM PETTY
23- TICKET TO RIDE- BEATLES
24- HEARTBREAK HOTEL- ELVIS PRESLEY
25- HOUND DOG/DON'T BE CRUEL- (Mdly) ELVIS PRESLEY
26- EVERY ROSE HAS IT'S THORN- POISON
27- JENNY (867-5309)- TOMMY TUTONE
28- ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE- KISS
29- TUSH/MOVE IT ON OVER- (Mdly) ZZ TOP/G.THOROGOOD
30- SWEET EMOTION- AEROSMITH
YOU REALLY GOT ME- KINKS/PRETTY WOMAN- ROY ORBISON
DAY TRIPPER- BEATLES/JUMPIN' JACK FLASH- ROLLING STONES
SATISFACTION- ROLLING STONES