Knowing who you are and your purpose in life takes self-introspection. The experiences of life led Corey Barksdale on a journey of identifying who he really is as a man and artist. Singing with the world reknown Walt Whitman & The Soul Children of Chicago, collaborating with Light Records' crooner and friend Jonathan McReynolds on debut album, "Life Music", track "Why" and traveling abroad, Corey reveals his life's mission in an interview Monday, Aug. 25.
Corey Barksdale's deep rich tenor vocals tell a story of coming into his own. Corey is a hidden secret on the Chicago music circuit. A couple of years ago, he had the opportunity to travel to Sweden on a scholarship to study music. His time while there afforded him the experiences of a lifetime. Learning about new cultures, meeting new people and understanding their appreciation of music.
Barksdale's world view has not obscured his personal mission to reach people where they are. Many struggle with self-doubt, self-hatred, low self-esteem or other vices due to the circumstances they were raised or even self-inflicted issues. Corey wants to aid individuals in their quest to find themselves. Thus, his upcoming album "Identity Project" will deal with everyday life issues. If an individual is seeking direction or is in need of confidence, Corey Barksdale's "Identity Project", due for release in 2015, is designed to meet them at the point of their need. Currently, listen to Corey's single "You're Irreplaceable" on Soundcloud, his other music via YouTube and download his collaboration with Jonathan McReynolds on iTunes.
"My purpose in life was motivated by people. Today my purpose in life is solely motivated by God... Whatever people wanted me to be, that's what I thought I was supposed to be... It was almost as if that wherever people said I did the best at, that's where I was headed. And I've learned in recent years, some of your talents and some of the things you are good at have nothing to do with your calling in life... Now I'm in a much more mature state where I can say the things that I'm going after now... I got it from God and I know that I'll always be on top as long as I allow God to lead me and not the people around me," reflects Corey.
Corey looks forward to sharing what God has given him through life experiences musically. He's excited to revisit Sweden in the winter of 2014 to take part in a special recording dedicated to the music of Nat King Cole. Whether working with local youth or jet-setting the globe, Corey Barksdale is ready to take on the world because he knows who he is and knows that his identity is embedded in God.
In the lyrics of the late Whitney Houston's song "Greatest Love of All", she sung of a love that transcends circumstances. Love is universal and unconditional. Once a person has come to love themselves and operate in their God-given purpose nothing is impossible. "I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows. If I fail, if I succeed at least I'll live as I believe. No matter what they take from me, they can't take away my dignity. Because the greatest love of all is happening to me. I found the greatest love of all inside of me. The greatest love of all is easy to achieve. Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all."