Spotlight: Corey Lee Barker
What makes an Everyday Hero? United We Sing!
We were first introduced to Corey Lee Barker over the phone when a friend of a friend sent us a CD demo to listen to. Once hearing the Everyday Hero song written by Corey Lee Barker, we knew it was perfect for our “Everyday Heroes” section of the magazine. We reached out to Corey and asked if we could use his song on our site as the theme song for our “Everyday Heroes”. Corey was very gracious and immediately agreed to let us use it. Keep in mind that this was over 4 years ago when we only had one Everyday Hero on our site.
Nashville, Tennessee is affectionately known as “Music City”. There is an old saying there that “it all begins with a song”. Well, in the case of Corey Lee Barker, it can be said that “it all begins with a heart”. Corey Lee is certainly a man with a heart….a heart for caring and a heart for giving. Like many before him, and many after him, Corey came to Nashville from somewhere else. In his case, he was born in Texas, grew up in Memphis and in 1998, made his way to Nashville. As a musician, Corey has played in bands and after putting his first hundred road gigs under his belt, he realized that his heart, and his calling, was more in songwriting. He has written songs that have been recorded by some of Nashville’s legends: Daryle Singletary, T.G. Shepard, Johnny Lee, “Whisperin’ “ Bill Anderson, The Jordanaires (Elvis’ back up singers), Rebecca Lynn Howard and many, many more. He has written music for the T.V. series Smallville, and wrote the theme song for the G.A.C. reality show “Tom’s Wild Life”. He has been involved with ICM (Inspirational Country Music) and wrote the #2 hit for artist Lucas Hoge called “How was I to know”. Along his journey, Corey has always realized that there must be a need for music that has a positive message and that everyone in the family can listen to. Perhaps this was due, in part, to being from a large family (he comes from a large diversified family of 7 sisters and 2 brothers) or because he has been involved with children as a youth pastor at his church. He has been involved with the ICM (Inspirational Country Music) and wrote the #2 hit for artist Lucas Hoge called “How was I to Know”. So, with this positive message in mind, and his natural love for children, he decided 8 years ago to create, write, and produce a children’s CD called “United We Sing”.
During the past 8 years, he has built up studio credits, enlisted the help of engineers and musicians to volunteer their time and talent, has written the material and produced “United We Sing”. This remarkable CD of 12 songs features the singing of 12 young children. The message in each song is positive, uplifting, and something that can be shared by all. Included in the CD is the song “Everyday Hero”. The CD has won the “crowd favorite” award in a national United Way campaign held this year. In addition, Corey has decided that this CD, in addition to any future projects, would serve several goals. They would be positive in message; they would help to support a special needs cause; and they would help spread the word about the special needs community. Corey has decided that he wants to partner with Parenting Special Needs Magazine in order to assist us in getting the word out. Frankly, we could not be more honored to be a part of this project.
As a writer, Corey Lee is able write in all styles of music: country, Christian, children’s, television, film soundtrack, contemporary, etc… He has formed Coreyoke Records and is also involved with BS Works and Stockbridge Records in Nashville, TN. His passion for music is evident and much of his music is able to be listened to on youtube. A simple search for his name will reveal a great variety of his abilities and talent. It is said that: a man’s worth is valued not by wealth, but the love given to those he cherishes and received from the same. In the case of Corey Lee Barker, his worth is remarkable indeed.!
Corey Lee is certainly a man with a heart…. a heart for caring and a heart for giving.
To listen or purchase a United We Sing CD, please visit https://soundcloud.com/coreyleebarker
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