Cory Marks ‘Who I Am’ debuts worldwide

Debut album bows in top 5 on global iTunes Country charts

Friday, August 7th saw Canadian star Cory Marks make his debut on Better Noise Music with the release of his album Who I Am. The album has been acclaimed by critics and fans alike, resulting in Top 5 iTunes chart entries all around the world.

“I’m so grateful to the staff at Better Noise Music for their planning and guidance leading up my album release,” Marks says humbly. “The support from radio, social media and from all my new fans has been incredible to see. Even though my tour with Gord Bamford was cancelled due to COVID, I can’t wait to get out and tour behind this album”.

Marks recorded with award-winning producer Kevin Churko. The two worked together in Churko’s Las Vegas studio, capturing the energy and electricity of Marks’ live show. It was a natural partnership. Like Marks, Churko had grown up playing drums, eventually expanding his career to include collaborations with country artists like Shania Twain and rock icons like Ozzy Osbourne.

“We both appreciate country music greats like Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, but we love the heavier side of rock and roll and metal, too,” Marks says of his producer and mentor. “We decided to mash it all together. It’s funny, because when I was growing up, my favorite records were Ozzy records. I dreamt of having that kind of production on one of my own records. Sure enough, seven years into my career, I’ve partnered with the producer who worked on all those albums. What a cool circle.”

Melanie Rodriguez, Director, Product Management at Better Noise Music explained the data was spiking on Marks. “We knew we had something special when Cory Marks debut track ‘Outlaws And Outsiders’ (ft Ivan Moody, Travis Tritt and Mick Mars) started showing up on the Top 10 USA discovery Shazam charts alongside pop, R&B, rock and alternative acts like Black Eyed Peas, Billy Joe Armstrong and G-Easy, Cory Marks was engaging every time people heard the song, they reached for their phone and shazam’d it.”

The project grew through the spring into summer, with Marks dropping videos for “Better Off,” followed by another video for “Blame it on the Double,” then came“Devil’s Grin,” and lastly the instant country classic “Drive.” The album had a surprise for fans, as on album release day a video for album track “Out in the Rain” featuring Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, one of the stand out tracks on the album.

“The rollout for the project was focused on building the audience through engagement with tracks and content releases, so that country radio could confidently add Cory Marks to their playlists,” explains Rose Slanic, GM Better Noise Music and MD Canada. “We had built an audience that we could show to programmers to put them at ease about the tracks – they were engaging and outperforming other tracks on the playlist. ‘Outlaws and Outsiders’ went Top 10 active rock as a result, No. 1 rock in UK and No. 3 in German rock radio.”

DSP partners supported Cory on day of album release with adds at Spotify to New Music Friday Canada, Rock Rotation, Live Country, Just Rock!

Apple Music adding Marks to New Music Daily, Soundcheck, Broken Down, Breaking Hard Rock, Today’s Country, Canada’s Country, Country Caffeine, Country Risers and Back Porch Country. Marks had adds from Amazon Music to Acoustic Chill, plus cover image and adds to Introducing Country and Breakthrough Rock. Pandora added Marks to Country Rock radio, Acoustic Country Radio and Backroads playlist.

“The plan does not stop at album release…” adds Lisa Buckler, CMO Better Noise Music. “Cory’s music has been chosen by the directors to be in two upcoming film releases. ‘Outlaws & Outsiders’ is included in Sno Babies movie [due Sept 29th], a powerful film that deals with the topic of substance use disorder, and then into 2021 Cory’s song ‘Blame It On The Double,’ will appear on the soundtrack of another Better Noise Films movie, The Retailators.”

Joe McFadden, Chief Commercial Officer, Better Noise Music has been tracking the pre-orders and week one sales and knew BNM had a winner on their hands.

“The charts in Cory’s home market of Canada (No. 3 country, No. 4 all genres), and across the border in the USA (No. 2 country and No. 7 all genres), back up the audience building strategy, and the global roll-out of the plan resulted in top 5 charts country charts in Australia (No. 2 country), UK (No. 3 country No. 1 most played radio rock track) and top 20 charts in iTunes all genre categories including Itunes GSA territories (No. 15 all genres and No. 3 rock radio).”

Cory Marks’ songs are rooted in the influence of his hometown, North Bay, Ontario. Listening to Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, Rush and outlaws like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, Marks weaved the two genres into his own unique sound, earning him a string of gigs with heavyweights like Toby Keith and Brantley Gilbert along the way.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.