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Mar 10, 2023

Corey Streets Shares His Journey From Homelessness to Career Success with the Release of his New Single “Camaro”

Artist Corey Streets shares his single and music visualizer Camaro today!

Corey’s full EP “Streetsmart” will be releasing this Summer. Listeners will find a blend of chill pop and R&B vibes, as well as a ballad song.  We sat down with Corey to interview him about his career including his journey from homelessness to success in the music industry.

Tell us about your background. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Rochester, New York. My mother and father both passed away when I was young, due to drug use. I grew up pretty poor, and at one point homeless on the streets- which is where “Streets” comes to play in my name. My mom and I slept on porches sometimes, and would steal bread from wonder bread trucks. When CPS eventually took me away from my mom my Grandparents adopted me. They didn’t have much money but they did the best they could. Being bi-racial: half black, half white, and queer, I struggled to find myself as a kid, and got bullied a lot and I used music as a way to cope with feeling like I didn’t belong, whether it was listening to songs, and singing my own about how I was feeling. 

When did you first know you wanted to be an artist? Do you also play any instruments?

Funny enough, the first time I realized I wanted to be an artist was when I was 10 years old, after I “performed” at the hair salon my Grandma would go to, and sang a song I came up with for all the older women getting their hair done. The feeling of the entire salon standing up and clapping for me was like nothing else. I knew then that I wanted to sing and perform. I do play some instruments, I dabble a bit in guitar and piano. 

Who are some of your musical inspirations or personal mentors?

Mariah Carey has been a huge inspiration in my life. Her music got me through some of the toughest times as a kid. Now, more recently, I’ve really enjoyed SZA, and her style of music really speaks to me and has inspired me for my upcoming EP. 

Beyond musical artists, before my mom died, she inspired me too. She was a visual artist, and created amazing paintings, drawings, etc. Before she died told me “Corey, someday I want to hear you on the radio, or see you on TV” even though she’s gone, I still hope to someday achieve this, and I know when I do, she’ll somehow be there. 

As far as mentors, my incredible friend Shakina Nayfack: Trans Actress, and activist (Hulu’s difficult people, Amazon’s Transparent, and writer for Quantum Leap) has been such an incredible support. She is the reason I finally began recording so many of the songs I’ve had in my head all these years! My good friend Deney Adam is also an amazing support of mine as well, and has helped guide me through so much of the process too! 

How would you describe your music for new listeners?

I love to create music that people can feel something while listening to. I try to create vibes through melodies and lyrics that get people to relax, but also reflect. Whether it’s life, relationships, it’s important my music tells a story. 

What message do you hope to convey as an artist to your audience? 

I hope people will hear the message of “don’t worry what others say about you”. I try to incorporate some of these phrases in my songs. I want people to find parts of my music they can relate to in some way. 

Do you have a specific message for the LQBTQ audience or does being a member of that community inspire your work?

Being queer definitely inspires my work. I think being queer, and a person of color has really shaped me into the artist I am today. It’s hard enough when you have so many elements stacked against you, and I plan to use my journey to break barriers for others. R&B continues to have a predominately “straight” presence, and with so many queer artists breaking into rap now, I want to help cross that bridge and bring more queerness to R&B as well. I hope the community will feel empowered by my songs, and feel like they’re not alone and they do not have to suppress who they are any more. 

What do you have releasing coming up?

The upcoming single “Camaro” is releasing today (March 10) along with the official video visualizer. My EP itself will be releasing in the Summer. It will be titled “Streetsmart”. People will find a blend of chill pop R&B vibes, as well as a more serious ballad type of song to really bring out the “feels”! 

What inspired the song Camaro? What is it about?

As a queer artist, I used to “tame” the sexual aspect of myself, and Camaro is me breaking free, being sexy, and doing it in a way that is fun. “Riding in the Camaro” to some can be heard as enjoying a great moment with someone you love, but also the lyrics allow the listener to think about possible alternate meanings. “Riding” in the Camaro through the night, meaning sex! Yes, Camaro was written to allude to a night with a lover. In the music video you’ll see a surprise guest come into the fantasy of Camaro, that provides a more clear understanding of the actual meaning behind the song. 

Anything else we should know about you? 

I really want others to know that no matter where you come from, no matter what struggles you go through, you’re not alone. Don’t give up on your dreams because of barriers that are in front of you. Even if you can’t see your name in lights just yet, it doesn’t mean that some day you won’t shine bright like the star you want to be.

In addition to this release, Corey is performing next at the Queer Music Festival in New York City at Bowery Electric on April 14, as well as other scheduled dates this Spring/Summer on both coasts.

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