DERRICK Interview with Canadian Singer-Songwriter Cory M. Coons

October 3, 2019

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Cory M. Coons who released the melodic/roots-rock album “The Long Road Home” in 2018, produced by multi-platinum veteran music producer Ron Nevison, (Heart, Bad Company, Damn Yankees, Survivor, Styx, Night Ranger), along with additional stellar guitar work by musical cohort and engineer Marc D. Muir. The album is currently nominated for “Male Album Of The Year” at one of the biggest Independent Award Shows in North America, the 2019 “Josie Music Awards.”

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is pretty simple… To maintain a solid balance between my life with my loving family and my music, with an abundance of true happiness surrounded by good friends and great people. Hopefully I can continue to reach as many people as possible with my songs and music that will sustain the changing landscape, and resonate in a positive way with those who listen or become fans.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I have my High School Diploma, and I have attended Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. I feel I have gained a lot of experience in my musical career and personally, mostly through life experiences, and getting out there and doing it. Being hands on with getting in front of people and being as honest as I can with what I do.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that make you unique or stand out?

I think you have to be up on as many aspects of what you do as possible… So being an Artist and Musician isn’t always just about the music. You need to learn the tools of many different areas, not just the creative aspects. Sometimes the business element of things needs to be attended to as well. I think I have gained a better perspective and balance, and have responded pretty well to the different facets of life in music. 🙂

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I think most of us are born ready to do what we want to follow in life… Then once we learn how to utilize the tools we are given, we can make the most of our God given talents.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Michael Stover of MTS Management Group, with all the great work he does for Independent Artists.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

The loss of both of my parents in my life has been a challenge for me. But thankfully the love and support of my wife and daughter, and my music over the the past few years has helped me immensely.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Surround yourself with the right people, a great team of individuals and true friends!

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Stay true to yourself and in what you do in whatever course you follow, and things will work out for the better. 🙂

For more information on Cory M. Coons please go to the following:

Website: www.corymcoons.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cmc.music/
www.twitter.com/corymcoons1

YoutTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D91v5RmGZ0U

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DERRICK Hayes Interview with Music Mogul Preston “Prizzie” Reid

December 15, 2015

priz shot 2Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Preston ‘Prizzie” Reid who is an American mixing/recording engineer and record producer based in Chicago, Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California. As a native of Chicago, Prizzie was born the son of a musician and was introduced to music as well as electronics at a very young age. Preston spent his teenage years developing his skillset, soon partnering with Space Jam Jaye as a collaborative duo. Shortly after attending Columbia College Chicago, Prizzie set sights for the music scene in Los Angeles where he quickly gained a name for himself not only in music, but in film audio and scoring as well under CannonVision among many other film production companies. Since then he has been primarily working out of his private studio in Chicago along with remote studios throughout Atlanta where he has mixed and/or produced records for Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, and several other genres for artists including Space Jam Jaye, T.I, Energe, Fetty Wap, Scotty ATL, Duru Tha King, Mykko Montana, Cam’ron, Cash Out, Gorilla Zoe, Ab Soul, Stuey Rock, Gucci Mane, Jerm 9V, Slide Dillinger, Zeus, Tim Stacks (W), 2 Chainz, Cap 1, Ronn Makk, Breezy Montana, Yo Gotti, GBE, various film credits and many other very talented artists and producers along with a variety of film credits.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is simple. Inspire. That’s what helped me get to where i am so far. And what propels me to keep reaching. I think people can achieve great things as long as we keep the fire burning and inspiring each other.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

Well, as far as music goes….I attended Columbia College in Chicago, IL. But as far as where I’ve actually developed, it’s a little tricky. I grew up heavily rooted in church. I mean every Sunday (and Wednesday). So as far as watching what music can do to people and how it can move people emotionally…that’s where i learned it. As far as having the “ear”, I think it was genetically passed down by my father who is a lifelong musician and exposed me to a ton of music early on in life. But as far as overall creativity, I think life and living through different experiences is the best teacher.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I think the fact that i was exposed to so many diverse situations throughout my childhood, naturally makes me versatile and adaptable. My favorite music ranges from modern hip-hop to Zedd to Ingrid Michaelson to The Fray to Hoobastank to Earth Wind & Fire to Jim Morrison to Frank Sinatra. I can’t get enough of music. I love it all.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Honestly, i don’t know if i was ever ready. I think it’s more so a matter of being ready to embrace whatever you are faced with and having an optimistic attitude.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Sounds crazy, but my Uncle Josef Cannon. He’s an actor living out in LA. He’s one of the craziest and most brutally honest people i know. But i think when you can get past his blunt approach, you’ll realize that there’s a method to his madness.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

Where do i start?? Everyday is a challenge. I think what a lot of people may not realize is that following a dream can be an extremely lonely path at times. It’s like GPS’ing a location and realizing the only way to get there from where you are at is through a long dark dusty back road. To make it even more tough, sometimes the weather may be bad and you can’t see what’s in front of you nor do you have anyone else’s taillights to guide you. But you know that you just need to keep going. You know you’ll get there as long as you don’t stop.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

I think to me at this point, the biggest key is to lead by example. Be brave and bold in what you want to do. I admire people like Ken Lewis, Miles Walker, Leslie Braithwate (i probably spelled that wrong) etc. I admire them not only for their skill set and ability, but more so for their mind and hustle. i’ve learned more from these people when in comes to taking care of business and doing good work. That you are a walking product and brand. At this point, almost EVERYBODY is good at what they do. We all have the same resources. I think what ultimately sets them apart is their sense of maniacal work ethic and professionalism.

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