Corey Harper is a young singer and songwriter originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up in a family of musicians, Harper began playing the drums and piano at a very early age. Harper’s father and uncle provided a strong musical foundation for him. But at the age of 13, his musical life changed when he was introduced to the guitar. Harper enjoys playing both bass and acoustic because he believes they live in two different worlds. His music is influenced by his passion for blues music and also a love of jazz.
When I asked Harper about the first song he ever wrote—at the age of 16—he recalled that it was a song that highlighted the life of a famous girl versus a girl living a normal life.
Harper started performing when he attended college. His friends encouraged him to share his music with people, so he used the dorm and other places within the college area to put on shows.
Realizing that he should pursue what he was most passionate about, Harper moved to Los Angeles to begin his career as a musician. Over the years that he spent performing in L.A., he developed a friendship with Justin Bieber. This friendship ultimately led to Harper becoming an opening performer for the Bieber tour.
“Keeping Me Alive,” is a song from Harper’s EP that is very personal. When I asked Harper why “Keeping Me Alive” is his favorite song, he explained that he wrote the song as a tribute to his cousin who had passed away when Harper was younger.
He writes his music with passion and truth, and is influenced by other artists such as James Taylor and Bob Dillon. He writes his music not just for a certain age group, but for everyone to enjoy.
On Sunday, June 11, Corey Harper, will be taking the stage at the Joy Theater for Fat Tire Brewing Company's Tour de Fat. He is excited to perform in New Orleans for the very first time. While in New Orleans, Harper is hoping to get the full New Orleanian experience with seafood, Cajun and Creole cuisine, and of course, beignets. The party starts at 7:30 p.m. and you can purchase tickets here.