- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

At first glance, it isn’t shocking to find out David Correy is an alternative, soul music artist and CEO of Urban Rock Records. He looks the part. But what the eye doesn’t see is that this Berklee College of Music-educated, D.C. area native, has a heart of gold – under all of those gold chains he wears around his neck.

“I was raised to respect people for who they are and you know, I beat a lot of stereotypes because people see me a certain way, but it’s not on the outside necessarily what matters, it’s when you open the book and see what’s in there, and that’s what I’m trying to show people,” Mr. Correy told The Washington Times.

Adopted out of poverty in Brazil as a infant, Mr. Correy says he is “rooted in humility” because of his adoptive parents who made their home near the nation’s capitol in Riva, Maryland.

Both his mother and father strongly encouraged him to pursue his passion for music. In fact, his father built his first stage for him when he was 5 years old out of the wood from his bed and sheets used as curtains.

Little did they know that someday he would be a finalist on Fox’s hit reality show the X-factor, where judges search for star quality talent. Although Mr. Correy did not win, his appearance on the X-Factor launched his career and with the help of Coca-Cola, he was selected as the voice for the 2014 World Cup anthem campaign, “The World Is Ours.” It also provided him a global platform to tell his story, which lead to him being reconnected with his birth mother. 

Mr. Correy plans to start a foundation called “H.O.P.E” - Helping Other People Everyday. With his charity, he plans to promote the arts in education and will solicit donations to improve school chorus programs.

When asked about the financial cutbacks of the arts in schools curriculum, Mr. Correy told The Washington Times, “Everybody is not a basketball player, everybody doesn’t play sports, there has to be other outlets that are created.”

He added that students need the right mouth piece to look up to and to learn the importance of his mantra, “love and do what you love to do.” Mr. Correy himself earned a scholarship to the Berklee, where talents like Grammy Award winner John Mayer also attended.  

This Oct. 8 will be a very special day for the hometown talent. Not only will he be celebrating is 29th birthday, but he also plans on making a very important announcement regarding his partnership with a major music label.

For now, Google him, or you can hear his music on the radio with Wyclef, “I Am,” the NFL’s anti-bullying campaign song.

The raising star will be performing live at the Howard University Homecoming 2014 R&B Show on Oct. 18. Additionally, the Brazilian native will be a performing talent for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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