Introduction to the series
Welcome to a new series on Proudly dedicated to showcasing the amazing array of talented LGBTQ+ artists in the music industry today.
Each article we will be sharing a new singer who has reached out to us who we feel our readers will relate to and will hopefully love their music.
Music as a whole can be subjective and is the most diverse artistry in the world. So we are going to bring you a variety of different artists from all different backgrounds, music genres and stories.
Our eighth music guest is the queer Canadian heartthrob Cory Stewart.
Introducing Cory Stewart
Cory Stewart has been described as a synth-pop artist with a “smooth voice” (Billboard, 2020) that creates “fearless, unapologetic and relentlessly catchy” music (Canadian Beats, 2018).
As a Royal Conservatory of Music vocal program graduate, Stewart has been a songwriter and student of music since the age of seven, receiving accolades from numerous music festivals across Canada.
Cory has also toured and performed in several countries around the world including Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria.
He is the host of the Official Queerantine Aftershow, which accompanies the weekly TRL-style indie music showcase show Queerantine, airing Sundays at 4:30 p.m. EST (new season begins January 2021). Cory also hosts the monthly online event “Queer Music Social“, which gathers musicians from around the world, and pairs them with music experts for Q&A style panels.
Throughout his storied career, Cory has sung for a number of legendary artists including Boy George and Crystal Waters. Now it is time for Cory to take the next step and go out on his own by releasing his debut album that is expected in early 2021.
Cory Stewart Drops Long-Awaited Debut Pop Album, ‘TOV’
The album, ‘TOV’ was inspired by the tragic loss of Cory’s best friend Tovah Natalie who passed away from cancer during the 2020 pandemic. The album is carefully built into three distinct acts (exploring betrayal, heartbreak and survival), delivering a delicious amount of pop and dance music in its 17-track run.
The entire project is written by Cory and Canadian producer Gavin Bradley (Kylie Minogue, Nelly Furtado), is seasoned with interstitials and features some all-star indie LGBTQIA2S+ musician cameos as well.
After the success of Cory’s 2018 EP ‘7 Different Sides’, which landed him a spot opening for Boy George and the Culture Club— Cory has spent the last three years working on this debut album follow-up which he will be releasing on Friday, January 22, 2021.
The album will be released under label Embrace Disruption (in partnership with AWAL/Kobalt) and features an all-star list of LGBTQ+ indie musicians, contributors and collaborators including Gavin Bradley, Jxckson, Kisos, MDL CHLD, Michelle Mondesir (of Madame Psychosis) and Zach Benson.
Pulling from influences in Stewart’s musical career, including the dance elements of Madonna and Kylie Minogue, the humour of Bette Midler, and the drama of Phantom of the Opera, Stewart hopes ‘TOV’ will be more than just a collection of songs, but a story of resilience and strength – geared to be experienced in full album form.
“Listening to an album from top to bottom is a lost pleasure these days,” says Stewart.
“When writing songs for ‘TOV’, I worked closely with Gavin (Bradley) to make sure we told a story — one that could only be fully understood by listening in full; while also ensuring that each song carries its own individual narrative.”-Cory Stewart talking about his debut album ‘TOV’
What can listeners expect?
Tracks like ‘What If’, ‘Poison’ (feat. MDL CHLD) and ‘End of Me’ (feat. Michelle Mondesir) explore themes of betrayal (both self-inflicted and external) through a dance floor beat, while ‘Happiness in Heartache’, ‘Little Lies’ and ‘Do You’ examine the complexities of heartbreak, through several perspectives.
Followed by ’Grab the Fire’ (feat. Jxckson), ‘No More Trips to London’ (featuring background vocals from Stewart’s mother, written about the loss of his grandmother), ‘Unhappy’ and ‘Little One’ (written and recorded for the album’s namesake Tovah – and played for her the night she passed), which deal with the pain of loss, and the struggle of survival.
The album is also seasoned with tracks like ’Tu·mul·tu·ous Situation’, ‘Cut Those **** off’ and ‘Maybe I’m Insane’ which act as story-telling interstitials throughout the project’s 46-minute runtime.
‘TOV’ Track Listing
t. Betrayal1. What If
2. Poison (feat. MDL CHLD)
3. Outta My Head
4. End of Me (feat. Michelle Mondesir)
o. Heartbreak5. Tu·mul·tu·ous Situation
6. Happiness in Heartache
7. Little Lies
8. Do You
v. Survival10. Cut Those **** off
11. Grab the Fire (LP Version) [feat. Jxckson]
12. You’re Like Mom
13. No More Trips to London
15. Maybe I’m Insane
16. Why Do I Even Try
17. Little One (feat. Tovah Natalie) [Demo]