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Chicago born singer and songwriter, Cory Walker admits that music has always been his first love. His face lights up as he begins to explain the many childhood events that contributed to making his mark musically as an entertainer and performer.

He remembers the late nights his grandmother would get him out of bed to entertain the "grown folks" at her card parties; and how his father, who is a musician and songwriter, would drag him along to countless rehearsals and gigs sitting him nearby as his band covered tunes by Earth, Wind & Fire and The Ohio Players.

If that isn't enough, how about him growing up as the nephew of Grammy nominated R&B songstress Miki Howard, who would take him around royalty such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and The O'Jays, by which this gave him the up close and personal insight on the music business.

Following in the windy city soul traditions of greats like Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, and Dinah Washington, Cory also started singing in the church. By age 13 he began performing professionally in the Gospel field for pioneers such as the late Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark and opening for artists The Winans, Take 6, and Shirley Ceasar.

After completing high school as a Korean Exchange Student and NAACP ACTSO Vocal Competition winner, Cory enrolled in Santa Monica College in California to study acting and jazz. While in Los Angeles, he became a session singer with BMI songwriters Mark & Sylvia Smith recording demos for artist like Tyrese and Cece Winans. At age 18, Cory landed performances on the R&B club scene after meeting Chairman/CEO Andre Farr of Black Sports Agents of America. Later, he signed a modeling contract with Emphasis Modeling Agency after being discovered at a music concert.

From there, Cory began touring overseas for a 3 year period in the European Broadway Production, "Black Nativity" where he performed for audiences in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, and Walt Disney Land in Paris, France and in 2004, he took his musical talents to the seas, as lead male vocalist on board the Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship, "Monarch of the Seas," in Mexico.

Cory has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as the late Gerald Levert, Yolanda Adams, Karen Clark-Sheard, Cissy Houston, Shun Pace, Kim Burrell, Alyson Williams, Jesse Dixon, Tweet, Solo, Gemstars, Joe Little of the Rude Boys, Public Announcement, Rex A. Peel & Testimony, Adrian B. King & Reverence, Vashawn Mitchell & Friends, The Rutledge Sisters, Ricky Dillard & New Generation, Ashford & Simpson and Jazz great Roy Ayers.

His most recent accomplishments were performing for the Reverend Al Sharpton & The National Action Network, as well as performing on stage at New York's legendary Apollo Theater in Vy Higginsen's off Broadway production: "Sing Harlem Sing" which had major success after a 24 city tour in Japan which led to an appearance in the movie "Mama I want to Sing" staring Ciara, Lynn Whitfield, Patti LaBelle and Marvin Winans.

Cory is a versatile artist that can sing Jazz, Soul, Pop, Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Alternatives, and etc. You Name it, he can do it. He is constantly pushing his boundaries and honing his skills but when asked if there is something special he would like to accomplish in the near future, he responds with, "How about a Grammy for Best Traditional Soul album?"

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