Cory completed an international tour in May 2019 with shows in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, including a sold-out show in Ashcroft, BC. He will be returning to the US in August as the opener for Whey Jennings, grandson of Waylon Jennings, in Portland, Oregon.
His single “We Both Bleed” was released to radio nationwide on May 27 and will be available digitally on June 4. The song was written by Nashville recording artist Chris Janson and Emmy Award winning songwriter Trey Bruce. The eleven-song album, “Welcome to My World” will be released later in the spring and includes a duet with Georgette Jones (daughter of George Jones and Tammy Wynette).
Cory’s rich, soul-filled vocals helped gain him national exposure when he became the winner of the 2018 CCMA National Spotlight Performance Contest. Despite hailing from the smallest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island, Cory still received the largest number of fan votes to win the contest. This led to a performance at the Legends Show in Hamilton, Ontario for Canadian Country Music Week, sharing the stage with Chad Brownlee, Terri Clark, Aaron Goodvin, Charlie Major, Jason McCoy, JJ Shiplett, Patricia Conroy and Michelle Wright. During Music Week, Cory was also invited to the CCMA Gala Ball, a number of songwriter sessions as well as the 2018 CCMA Awards Show.
This wasn’t the first prestigious contest that Cory has won though. In 2005, as front man of Canadian band the Bareback Riders, the group won the Corus Radio Battle of The Bands Award. This led to a video for their original song, "Ride" in 2008.
In 2004, Cory put on a different cowboy hat when he toured as a Tim McGraw tribute artist, alongside a Faith Hill tribute artist. He stayed on the tour for five years, performing throughout the United States, Japan and Canada.
Cory’s country roots run deep, being raised on the outlaw sounds of Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Merle Haggard. He is still just as passionate about the genre to this day.