Cory may have gotten flack for flaunting his femininity on Top Model, but you’d never know it here. The song oozes masculinity, and it’s damn sexy. Like, D’Angelo-sexy. In it, he croons to a jilted lover, “I gotta leave now/ It’s killing me, but I gotta get on that train and leave/ It don’t feel good/ It’s the hardest part of loving you/ I’m sorry, babe/ I’m sorry.”
It’s no doubt a from-the-heart kind of tune, which got me wondering, “What’s this song all about?” I reached out to ask him a few questions about it. I also took the opportunity to find out what else he’s been up to post-Top Model. Any amazing gigs come out of it? Has he heard from Tyra since the show wrapped? He answers all that and more below:
I really like your new song. Can you tell me the story behind it?
After America’s Next Top Model my next step was to work on developing my brand and really get myself out there. The relentless pursuit of a career in the fashion/entertainment world has put an unbelievable amount of stress on my relationship and my home life. My boyfriend, Anthony, and I have been forced to spend a lot of time apart as a result. This song is my written apology for everything I drag him through and everything that comes along with my own career aspirations. I also think it is important for people to see that gay relationships are just as difficult as straight relationships. I wanted the song to encourage people to stick it out with the important people who help make life worth living.
You sound so sexy on it …
Thanks boo! I was definitely channelling some sexual energy. It’s hard not to sound sexual when you’re singing about your man.
I take it you wrote the song. Do you play the instruments, too?
I did write it! I also play guitar on the record. The rest of the backtracking was provided by an amazingly talented New York producer by the name of Mark Evans. We were connected through my fellow Top Model contestant Phil Sullivan. I am so grateful to have met [Mark]. He is not only an incredible talent, but he’s a super sweet guy who understands my artistic vision. I think we’ll be working together again in the future.
When we talked last fall you mentioned releasing music with a band. What happened to that project?
It was one of those things where I feel like too many hands got in the pot. The people who were a part of that band are insanely talented and I have nothing but love for each and every one of them. But it was extremely difficult to focus on one, clear vision when multiple creative ideas started getting thrown around all at once. It was heartbreaking for me to put so much time, effort and money into something and have it blow up in my face, but the music wasn’t good. Plain and simple. So I decided to pull the plug at the last second. We are all friends thoughout, and later down the road we’ll continue to play with each other and maybe even put something out. Who knows?
Have any of your Top Model cast mates reached out about it? What about Tyra?
I was hoping, and I am still hoping to hear something from Tyra. You know, it has been a while since we’ve been in touch. She’s cheered me on ever since we met, so I know she’d be proud if she did hear it. I’ll keep you posted about that one. My other cast mates love it, though. The Cycle 20 cast has become somewhat of a weird and dysfunctional family. We try to keep in touch as much as we can.
What’s been going on since Top Model wrapped up? Any exciting opportunities coming up?
I have been working tirelessly at this modeling thing and I do have some amazing prospects and projects in the works. Fans can expect to see me walking in New York Fashion Week come February. I also signed a contract with an amazing manager who has shown nothing but support for my goal of working in advocacy for free and honest self-expression. We will be doing great work together this year. I am hosting a model workshop at the end of the month (Jan. 25) with KMM models. You’ll definitely be seeing a lot of Cory in 2014.