Cory Cruise featured at Niagara Food & Wine ExpoPosted by CoryCruise on April 28, 2015 News | | No comments
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 7:03:40 EDT AM
Cory Cruise is thrilled to be living his dream as a full-fledged musician.
The popular singer, whose career was launched by winning Seaway Mall’s Niagara’s Next Star talent show in 2012, is now poised to take the next big step in his career.
“I’m working on my very first professionally recorded album. It’s really exciting. This is my first time really putting it out there,” he says.
Cruise has been performing all over the region for a few years and has won numerous other awards for his popular songs and covers.
The “tons” of support he receives from Niagarans is something for which he is grateful.
“I’ve been the people’s choice two years in a row now at the Niagara Music Awards, which is unbelievable,” he says, smiling.
Cruise picked up a guitar when he was 11 and his passion for music was ignited.
His “insanely supportive” family has been right behind him ever since.
Cruise will bring his award-winning voice to this year’s Niagara Food and Wine Expo for the second time.
“Last year was absolutely amazing, the crowd was amazing. It’s a really great way to show the food and wine from the area. It’s always great to see how many people actually come from out of town,” he says.
Cruise said he anticipates this year’s expo to be “bigger and better” and he is excited to be a part of it.
“I never know what to expect, but it’s a great way to have people hear my music. It’s always such a huge honour to play. Everybody is just there to have a good time,” he says.
He plans to interact with the audience as much as possible during his set, saying that it’s “the best part about music.”
For Cruise, doing gigs like the Food and Wine expo provides a platform for making new fans.
“I hand out cards, play a variety of music with a little bit of a spin on it.”
Keying in on his niche genre has been a challenge for Cruise.
“I’ve struggled with that because I listen to everything from Metallica to pop music and even Beethoven, as funny as that sounds,” he says with a laugh, although he has now managed to zone in on a “pop-rock feel” for his debut album.
He will be playing original songs as well as popular classics from artists such as Fleetwood Mac at the expo.
Cruise is one of seven acts performing on the Central Entertainment Area at this year’s Niagara Food and Wine Expo May 1 to 3 at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.
For more information about these acts visit www.niagarafoodandwineexpo.ca