With these very words from the title track of his fourth album 'Real Life', a wiser, more mature Corey Brooks is ready to share this hope with the world.
At 18, this talented singer-songwriter and now actor, has seen more than his share of award shows and sold out venues. With a resume, that of a veteran in the industry, he garnished a Gospel Music Association 'Dove' nomination for Country Gospel Album of the Year. He received the Presidents Award for Outstanding Achievement from the International Country Gospel Music Association and took home the win for New Artist of the Year from the Inspirational Country Music Awards, all among his most notable honors.
With the 2006 album success of 'About You', Corey felt a greater challenge in making his new album 'Real Life'. "The concept of this album was to sing about life experiences, just to be real, to be me," explains Corey. "I have such a diverse age range of fans, I wanted to bridge that gap and have something everyone could relate to without compromising my concept. I feel this is a great success with 'Real Life.'
As in the past three albums, Corey once again has contributed several self-penned songs. The upbeat song 'Six Feet Under,' opens the eyes of the listener to the fact that we cannot walk around 'spiritually dead' and be of any effect to God's Kingdom. While the ballad ' Granny Jean,' is a slow Inspirational Country song that tugs at the heart and reminds us to let the people we care about know how we feel. Another powerful song, 'See You Here, written on the night of hearing of a friends loved one dying in a car crash. "Its a different kind of song for me. Through alot of emotions, I think I realized that sometimes, being the imperfect humans that we are, we question when tragedy has come our way. In the end we just accept that part of life is accepting death and by letting God see us through the healing process we can cherish the memories." 'Your Always There' has a bluegrass feel to it, while 'Don't Have to Leave' co-written with Charles Cook has more of a praise and worship contemporary sound. Also included is Corey's version of 'Whatever,' 'Power in the Blood,' a rendition of 'I'll Fly Away Medley,' 'Seven Sundays' and his title song 'Real Life' that is already proven to be a mass favorite among test crowds.
Corey has always contributed his career decisions and love for music as a 'God thing'. "I remember sitting in the pew coloring in a book, and the preacher, my Uncle Bobby, was telling how we all needed Jesus, I was only five at the time...but I got it! I asked Jesus into my heart right then and was baptized the next week," Corey recalls. "When I was twelve, I KNEW God wanted me to do something. I did not realize that it was what I was already doing...singing, until almost a year later. It seems like before I knew it, He was taking me down paths I never dreamed, and I love it," exclaims Corey.
From the very beginning, the entire family has believed that Ministry and Career can coexist. "As long as God is glorified, ministry/career will be no more or no less than what God intends it to be," explains Coreys Mom. " We have to be diligent on our part, not listen to the negativity of those that try to make 'it' less than what it is, and God WILL make 'it' what he wants it to be."
In June 2004, Corey accepted a recording contract with Lamon Records. "We are excited to work with Corey. We not only believe in his talent, but we believe in his ministry for the Lord," said Dave Moody, President of Lamon Records. Almost four years and three CD's later, Corey still feels that signing with Lamon has been a great growth experience. With worldwide radio air play, national distribution on-line and retail, recognition by major music industry professionals and organizations, calls from concert promoters to open for such people as Newsboys and T-Bone, music videos for 2007, film opportunities, churches, youth camps, fairs, and even schools, ministry and career opportunities have flourished.
Yes! All over the country.