Corey Cox

Corey Cox

 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
BandCountryRock

When Corey Cox finished his performance that opened the show at Sugarland’s recent concert in Indianapolis, he walked off the stage in front of 18,000 people to find Tom Hanks and wife, Rita Wilson, at the bottom of the stage stairs to greet him with a firm hand shake, some hugs, and complements about his songs and his performance. That show, that crowd, and the celebrity of those who rushed to greet Corey were huge, but that reaction to his performance was not new for Corey. Corey gets that r

Biography

In the final minutes before Corey Cox takes to the stage, no matter the venue or size of the crowd, his routine is the same. A few fist pounds with his band, a hug from Mom, and a short chat with his Dad. It happens fast, but it happens. It is a routine that the twenty-two year old has gone through multiple times throughout the past three years.

Over the course of those three years, Cox has gone from playing to a crowd of six in his family room, to signing a publishing contract with Nashville's Better Angels Music, to performing the National Anthem in front of 60,000 fans at an Indianapolis Colts game, a packed Conseco Coliseum at an Indiana Pacers/Miami Heat game, and in concert with dozens of national touring acts.

In the small Indiana town of Markleville, IN, a historic community with a population near 400, Cox learned the benefits of family, friends, hard work, playing sports -- and listening to country music.

“I think growing up listening to country music is what drove me to actually sing country once I started playing," Cox says. “I know the hometown, reallife stories you experience growing up in a small community are definitely reflected in my music."

“I remember getting my first guitar and learning to play it from reading a book," Cox says. “I started strumming along with some Garth Brooks songs. When I saw other people's reaction to my music, I knew immediately what I wanted to do. Being able to perform, and to see the reaction of our fans, is exactly why I chose this career. We do this for the fans."

From The Diamond To Music City
Cox was a multi-sport athlete in high school and played college baseball at Anderson University, but it was his love of music and performing that caused him to change his focus and his goals. His first band, made up of friends from school, performed whenever schedules allowed and a willing venue agreed. Since the humble beginnings of small bars and small crowds, Cox's show has elevated to among the best in the country and his performances are in prestigious music clubs, fairs and festivals throughout the country.

From Florida to Minnesota, Oklahoma to Boston, his ambitious schedule has included playing with national acts such as Diamond Rio, Travis Tritt, Justin Moore, Tracy Lawrence, Clay Walker, David Nail, and many more. Regardless the town or venue, one thing that is evident about Cox and his highly entertaining show is that they are always well received. Talent buyers are always be eager to book Cox and his band at future events. Cox takes pride in building a highly energetic show with a passionate delivery of his music. He is a very likeable performer and has a believability factor that is hard to find in most young artists. There is no mistaking the raw passion and emotion in his voice.

The Next Step
Cox's path to success took a significant leap forward in August of 2010, when he signed on as a staff songwriter with Better Angels Music in Nashville.

“Better Angels Music is proud to welcome one of the best young artists in country music to our roster in Corey Cox," said veteran music producer and Better Angels Music founder Rob Rappaport. “I think in the short time he has been with us, Corey has grown tremendously by writing and performing with our talented staff. He has a gift both with words and with his voice. Corey is exactly the type of songwriter and performer we are looking for as Better Angels continues to become a major player in Nashville."

Cox has built a reputation within the country music industry, especially in Nashville, as one of the best live performers in the business. He is a future star, and he humbly gives much of the credit for his success to finding players for his band who are as talented as him. “I am nothing without my band," Cox says. “Everyone in the band, and everyone on our team for that matter, makes a lot of sacrifices. I am only as good as the guys playing behind me. It's exciting because with each show we play, we get tighter."

2011 promises big things in Cox's fast-moving career. A record label deal is in the works and a nationally-released single is planned for spring. In a big, tough industry, the young man from a small town in America's heartland is thriving. Cox adds, “This business can be scary at times. However, with the support of my family, my friends and the many new fans we make each night, I think the sky's the limit."

References
Rob Rappaport, Better Angels Music, rob@betterangelsmusic.com

Bill Stamper, 8 Seconds Saloon, info@wescomedia.com

Steve Girardi, SG Productions (Rib America Fest), steve@steve-girardi.com

Discography

The One That Got Away - Airplay on Central Indiana radio stations, CATZ and WFAT internet Stations. Most Requested Song on each station.

Here I Come - Same results.

Your Memory Finds Me - Greater success than prior singles in that it was among the Hot 5 most requested songs on WMDH radio 27 of 30 days.

Set List

The Show Set (30-60 minute opening act or 60-90 minute headliner set) is 2/3 original music and 1/3 covers performed in the Corey Cox way.

Multi-set bar gigs are approx. 1/3 original music and 2/3 covers.

Covers are usually high energy rock-based country songs by Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, etc, with some Mellencamp, Petty and Bon Jovi thrown in.