Corey Barksdale is a Christian Singer/Songwriter who uses illustrative lyrics, biblical teachings, and eclectic vocals to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and messages of inspiration that are relevant in today’s society! Corey's faith in God and commitment to helping others keeps him grounded, focused, and determined to use his music to change the world!
We got the opportunity to talk with Corey. Let's see what He had to say....
KingdomSoldNYC: What gives you the motivation to sing, what feeds your passion?
Corey: Motivation for me to sing comes from insight and revelation from God. The more I learn from God, the more I develop. The more I grow, the more life lessons I can put under my belt. I am eager to share it and music is one of the ways it can be done. That is my motivation; to get what God has given to me out to as many people as possible.
KingdomSoldNYC: For 12 years you sang at school as a member of "Walt Whitman & The Soul Children Choir" How was that experience for you?
Corey: It changed my life! It exposed me to quite a bit, in terms of professionalism in the industry; doing a good job and remaining humble, having high integrity by delivering musically but also staying spiritually intact as well. I traveled all over the world with the choir. The Director, Walt Whitman his father was a military man, so they lived on all different kinds of bases with a strict upbringing, he shared his childhood with us. Just being in order and being respectful. It's a beautiful thing.
KingdomSoldNYC: Was there a lot of discipline?
Corey: All day, every time. If there was something that was unacceptable, he would get us together about it. I've been blessed to have my father in my life, but for a lot of the members, Walt Whitman was that guy. He replaced or was the father figure for a lot of the members.
KingdomSoldNYC: Did you expect to have great success as your having?
Corey: Yes and No man. I know that God is God! So anything is possible. As of recently, certain doors have opened up and it kind of blows my mind. Stuff that I don't necessarily feel so worthy of. I see a lot of people who are on my level, my age, and from my city who are very talented. I've been very blessed to have some opportunities, and some of them may haven't. I wonder why sometimes but all I can say is GOD IS GOOD.
KingdomSoldNYC: What was the inspiration behind your recent project "Hello my name is.... love?".
Corey: The inspiration started ten years ago, but it sped up five years ago. I never mentioned this part to anybody, but I used to be a member of a church called "Giant Steps Church" and the Pastor Sean McMillan almost every one of his sermons he preached on the perspective of love and the new understanding of it. It started to stir something that God had begun with me for some years before about love. Long story short, it just has been on my mind like crazy. It's far more important than we realize. It has a depth to it that many of us still don't understand. It can be 50-year marriages, being a child you have seen these marriages from birth. Even with all that time some of us still haven't mastered this love thing. "Hello my name is love" comes from me feeling as though God is love, I am a child of God, and I am made in his image; therefore, I should embody the same.
KingdomSoldNYC: Who are some people who inspired you throughout your singing career?
Corey: Smokey Norful, Pastor Marvin Winans. People laugh at me sometimes but Rance Allen, he gets silly with it sometimes but it unique! Those are my gospel guys. Outside of that, I am a huge Donnie Hathaway fan. Stevie Wonder fan. I got a tremendous amount of respect for people that can just sit at the piano and sing their heart out. It's something that yells SOUL to me!
KingdomSoldNYC: How does being from Chicago influence your music?
Corey: It influences my music, I'm going to be very practical with this, Chicago is a big city but it close knit when it comes to the music scene. There are a whole bunch of people that are talented who are close. It almost like you come up on a decent squad like for high school and basketball for college as well and if the team is good, iron sharpens iron we make each other better. There's a competitive drive to it. Your good at what you're doing and I'm good at what I'm doing, but I'm constantly going to give you a new level to raise to. That what Chicago is!
KingdomSoldNYC: What would you consider your style as an artist?
Corey: I have to put Soul in there and consciousness...you know how we have a group of cats that came up like common, those type of artists. They were conscious as it relates to civil rights. You go back to your Nina Simone and your Marvin Gaye days. I see myself in that lane, not so much civil rights but as it relates to our relationship to God. That why I say the more, I get from God, and the more I learn. Sometimes I can look at what somebody else looks at, and they can see one thing, and I might see something different that because I am focused on seeing it through the lens that God sees it. That's the type of artist I am SOUL, CONSCIOUS, AND ECCLETIC.
KingdomSoldNYC: Any shout outs?
Corey: Walt Whitman, Jonathan McReynolds (my bro), My mother, Brittany Delagraentiss, Grandy Wilson, Isiah Templeton. Iron sharpens iron, they're part of my team. We make each other better
KingdomSoldNYC: Any upcoming events or projects?
Corey: I have an equal passion for singing and songwriting. The songwriter in me takes over sometimes, and I find myself wanting to write for other people more than singing my own stuff. My writing will probably be on four to five different projects. People who are at different levels and I have been able to bless somebody with my writing. Put out a line of clothing but not messing too much with retail its something called "Oblige" Meaning how I am Obligated to God. I was wearing a shirt that had a message about God, and it seems like every time I wear something I always have a conversation with God because of what I'm wearing. My music, probably a single and I'm going to switch up a little bit something you guys never heard before.
KingdomSoldNYC: Give a message for those who may come across this interview?
Corey: Love God! When you do that..he'll teach you how to love yourself. When you get to that step..you do better at loving other people.. Once you do those three you have completed the first two commandments that God has given us.
Love the Lord thy God
Love thy neighbor as thyself!
That all we got to do!
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