Last year, Cory Marks scored one of the most unique rock radio hits when his single “Outlaws & Outsiders” hit the top 10 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. The twangy, swaggering rocker not only introduced Marks’ sound to a whole new audience, it also featured Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody and Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars, as well as country mainstay Travis Tritt.
As Marks tells ABC Audio, getting to work with those artists on “Outlaws” was an “incredible” experience.
“To know that these artists wanted to be part of this song, debut single, was just incredible for me as a young, upcoming artist,” Marks says. “To know that they wanted to be a part of this, I was just very thankful for that.”
Marks shares that he didn’t know what to expect when he released “Outlaws,” and as a Canadian-born country artist, he certainly didn’t expect it to become a U.S. rock hit.
“I’m very proud to say that, as a Canadian country artist, I’m the first one…to go top 10 at U.S. rock radio,” he says. “That in itself I think speaks volumes, and I’m very proud of that.”
While Marks is certainly happy that “Outlaws” found a home at rock radio, he’s more excited that it found a home anywhere at all for people to hear it.
“Good music is good music,” he says. “I think if it’s great and fans relate to it, whether you’re rock, hard rock, country music or metal fans, if you love this sound, if you love the song, if you love the music, then I think it deserves to be played on radio, whether that’s country or rock radio.”
Marks’ latest release is his Nashville Mornings EP, featuring a collaboration with Theory of a Deadman‘s Tyler Connolly.
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