This world is full of talented musicians and singers that are working hard to get that first big break into the business and Corey Hager is one of those talents! I first heard Corey at this past years Country Night Lights Festival in Athens, OH as he caught my attention from the very first note when the entire front row of girls let out a deafening scream. Corey owned the stage as if he had been performing for many years and expressed great maturity in the songs that he writes and sings. I had the opportunity to do a little Q&A with Corey to let our readers get an inside glimpse at who Corey Hager is. Feel free to read over the Q&A and take time to check out Corey’s album sampler below!
“Take some time to meet Corey Hager”
2.) You have a full length album that you have just released called “Wanna Be Country”, How did you come up with the title to the album? What is personally your favorite track on this album? Did you write all of your own tracks on this album? How many did you write yourself if not all of them? What influences your songwriting when you are writing your own music?
3.) When I met you at Country Night Lights, You were all smiles and I could tell you were flying high and having an amazing time performing/attending such a big festival, Do you have any big shows/festival coming up that you will be performing? Will You be opening for any national acts? What show has been your favorite experience or who has been your favorite artist to be able to open up for?
My favorite show by far was Country Night Lights with Sam Hunt, Easton Corbin, Chase Bryant, and so many other great bands. It was awesome getting to hang with so many different musicians, and getting to see and meet all of the fans. I also opened for Joe Diffie, and Sammy Kershaw – those were some of my favorite shows being such a big fan of traditional country music… I got to share the stage with guys that I grew up listening to.”
4.) Let’s get personal a bit to give our readers a better overall picture of Corey Hager. How old are You? One artist that you would consider a bucket list to be able to perform with? Are you all country or do you have any other musical genre interests? Sports Car, Van, Jeep, or Truck? Lover or fighter? Miller or Bud? Acoustic or Electric? City, mountains or ocean? Cowboy hat or baseball cap? Are you a sports guy?/What sports?/teams? What are some of your personal goals for your career? Anything else Corey Hager would like for our readers to know about him?
5.) How do you feel about Traditional Country music? How do You feel about the new “Bro Country? What about Hick-Hop? Where do you see yourself in country music and which category do you find yourself fitting into the most or are you bringing something different to country music?
CH-“Traditional country is my favorite. Bro Country is not really my thing (I’m not a Bro type kind of guy) but it can be good. I love what country music is today and all the styles of it, it gives everyone something to listen to and have their own favorites. Although I think some country isn’t really country (it’s more pop with country sounds, etc.,) but I guess that’s part of the fun of it.
I’ve always had a hard time sort of finding myself as an artist. I’ve always considered myself a songwriter so I write from many different feelings, styles, and places. I would say my style as an entertainer is very country, upbeat, and full of energy and emotion.”
6.) What has been your weirdest request/gift from a fan during a meet and greet?
CH-“I actually haven’t had any requests or gifts that have been too weird yet. I guess I’m due for something soon haha.“
7.) What is your preferred guitar to play? Do you play any other instruments besides the guitar and if so what instruments?
CH-“I am a diehard Martin fan. I love the whole brand and image. I don’t really play any other guitars besides my Custom D Rosewood and D-28 Sunburst.”
8.) Where can our readers buy or download “Wanna Be Country”?
CH-“You can find my album on my website (www.coreyhager.com), or anywhere that digital music is sold, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc. You can also check out my tour dates and see where I’m playing next. Also be on the lookout for more new music and stuff coming your way soon!”