“Music to me is the most powerful and beautiful experience that I can endure and it passionately projects me beyond imagination into a subtle awareness that is invincible.”
Those are the words of Canadian guitarist and singer/songwriter Corey Heuvel, but even he says there truly are no words to describe his love for music. With the long awaited debut album 'In Balance' ready to launch, Corey is more excited than ever.
“I just can’t wait to see what’s next and what lies ahead on this road,” says the young musician who agrees he has a lot of work to do and there isn’t any time to waste. “It doesn’t even matter what happens after this record, I just want to keep moving forward.”
Corey grew up in the city of Barrie, Ontario and fell in love with music when he was quite young. After watching his babysitter strap up and burn through many 1990’s hits, he decided that a guitar would suit him nicely. After getting his first guitar at seven, Corey found his father’s rock library under the turntable and studied it carefully. Artists such as Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, and Stevie Ray Vaughan were his early favorites. Guitar quickly became an obvious interest for Corey and he was able to play the music of his heroes with ease. With a few years of dedicated practice and guitar lessons from his teacher Gary Gontier, Corey was on to playing live shows. He was playing everywhere he possibly could whether it was at school concerts, summer festivals, jam nights at local bars or even in his friends backyards; Corey was always playing his guitar.
“The guitar was like every toy in the world all wrapped up in one and I never put it down. It became a part of me.”
Songwriting became an infatuation with Corey who began writing new music more than he was learning the music of his idols. In early 2005, he began recording his music for the first time in what would turn out to be a self-titled instrumental demo. Corey added a new dimension to his music with his second demo, 'Let Me In' when he decided to start singing, something that was a fear to him in the past.
“I couldn’t even sing in front of my family I was so terrified of it. I used to tell my mom to stand in another room if she wanted to hear me sing.”
The 3-song blues demo garnered a great deal of positive feedback and Canadian Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook was quite impressed. Corey was called up on stage by Cook shortly after and it was 9 minutes Corey will never forget. A decision was made to put a band together that summer and Corey played with his trio all over southern Ontario.
The following summer Corey made a trip to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music for a weeklong guitar program. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend the 5-week program the following year.
In the fall of 2006 Corey began preparing to record his first full-length album with Producer Tom Treumuth. The musicians on the album would include Honeymoon Suite bassist Stan Mizcek, Canadian Idol drummer Craig Lapsley and keyboardist Jesse O’Brien. The album was recorded over the winter and was finished in early 2007, entitled 'In Balance'. On the record are 10 songs, 7 of which were written by Corey in a wide variety of musical tastes. The album was released in July 2007 and Corey hopes to get it to as many ears as possible.
“It has been a great experience, but I’m glad it’s finally finished. I really hope people dig this record and can find a place for it in their collections.”
Corey spent this past summer in Boston studying at Berklee College of Music in a 5-week performance program to expand his musicianship even further. He is taking everything in stride and is letting his music evolve into something new all the time. Corey’s musical endeavors will undoubtedly take him in many directions, but one thing is for sure, a new Canadian artist is working hard to make his mark in the world of music.