Cory Marks has signed a multi-album record and publishing deal with New York-based label Eleven Seven Music. Headed by legendary music mogul Allen Kovac, Eleven Seven works with such notable acts as Mötley Crüe, Five Finger Death Punch, and Papa Roach.
Marks, a native of North Bay, Ontario, has been writing and recording with renowned Las Vegas-based rock producer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed) over the past two years to create a unique brand of amped-up country music.
"To be the flagship country artist on such a successful label is exciting for me. I'm honored to be working with such a great team from Churko to the whole Eleven Seven team", expressed Marks after the signing in New York.
"Cory Marks is an incredible talent who has made an amazing album," commented Steve Kline, CEO of Eleven Seven Label Group. "As part of our global expansion into new territories and musical genres, we are excited to launch Eleven Seven Nashville and proud to have Cory as our premier signing."
Cory Marks, formerly known as Cory Marquardt, learned to love country and rock music from his father while driving to the rink to play hockey. At age 10, he took a shine to the drums, and began playing along to Rush, Deep Purple, and Shania Twain on a drum set he built out of paint cans in the basement. When he hit sixth grade and was showing promise on his paint cans, the investment was made to get Cory on a real drum kit. As time went by, his skills continued to develop on the drums and the rink. When it came time for Cory to choose a vocation, he decided to pursue being a pilot. He enrolled in flight school, obtaining his student pilot permit at the age of 19, and he pursued university hockey at the Royal Military College of Canada with the hopes of becoming a fighter pilot. But fate would intervene.
One winter night at a bar, Marks' hockey buddies egged him on to take the stage with the house band. He succumbed to the cheers to play songs by some of his musical heroes, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, and some original materials. Taken with the natural charisma which Marks has in spades, the packed bar fell in love with him, and he with the stage.
With fresh enthusiasm, Marks decided to pursue the musical path with the same commitment and passion as all his other exploits. He began to write songs, put a band together and perform across Canada several times supporting such country superstars as Mark Chesnutt, Marty Stuart, Brantley Gilbert, Toby Keith, and more. Those efforts have come to full fruition with Cory Marks' highly anticipated music slated for release world-wide on Eleven Seven Records later this year.
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