means I’m not alone)!
But pretty soon everyone will be able to join Colton Ford under the covers. The two
premiere singles are out now and easily available on iTunes. If Ford has drawn any
attention to himself successfully, it’s been in his ability to polarize the mainstream pop
audience. who has no choice but debate his skill and talent as a vocalist and
provocateur -- his ability to blend dance-friendly beats and sexual charisma...to reel in
his audience has gotten the public’s attention, but it’s his unique style and sound that
keeps his audience engaged.
Very few artist can do that and keep out interests, but Colton Ford is doing just that and
doing it nicely. Many may contest, but I’m sure we haven’t seen all of him just yet and
this is just the beginning, but we’ll be watching -- that’s the true making of a pop icon!
For more on Colton Ford, his music and upcoming performances check out:
Photos by Joe Oppedisano
COLTON FORD will be appearing on my cable access
show TALKING ABOUT on Feb. 20th for a LIVE (to the NYC Metro area)
interview but it will be posted soon after his appearance.
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JC - I've already heard the first two singles:
both are re-inventions. You covered the
obscure Britney Spears track Trouble and the
uber-popular Music Sounds Better With You
by Stardust. Is the next album a collection
of covers? How is it you came about
selecting these (or other) tracks?
CF - Yep. The album, COLTON UNDER THE
COVERS, is full over covers. A lot of the
tracks were selected by my manager, Bill
Coleman, and some by me. All of them I think really work, and it was great bringing my
vibe and style to these great songs.
JC - You must be having a great time making these songs your own. Some of your
audience may not know that you've always been musically inclined. Who have been
some of your musical inspirations? If you can emulate any pop artist’s career who
would you most want to aspire to be like?
CF - Well I've always been into music, singing and playing instruments since I was a
kid. I had my first record deal in 1988. Damn, that brings back memories! I grew up
listening to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, the Commodores, Earth Wind
and Fire, to name just a few. Very drawn to R&B music. I really don’t think about
emulating anyone. I want to create music that I dig, get it out there to as many people
as possible, and keep doing it! That simple.
JC - You've also had the fortune of being a featured artist on last year’s TRUE COLORS
tour – you performed with the likes of Cyndi Lauper and the B-52’s (among other
talented notables). Any interesting tour stories? It must have been great to be a part of
the line-up, especially during such a crucial political season. (The True Colors tour was
all about inspiring equal rights and drawing attention to the ever-complex Gay &
CF - Well the only thing that I can say is that the experience was awesome.
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Under the Covers with COLTON FORD
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COLTON FORD synched a name for himself based on his stunning sex-appeal and
classically sculptured good looks. Very few can compare with his perfectly
proportioned physique and come-heather stare; imagine snuggling up to his
powerfully built torso and the warmth that must emanate off of his furry chest (long
pause and I sigh). The infatuation of our most palpable desires, Ford became the
standard by which we judged masculinity on every level and often times (we have to
admit) we all crossed our fingers, eagerly anticipating that if we had any luck of scoring
a one-night stand on an evening of particular friskiness -- we all hoped that one-night
stand dared hold a candle to Colton Ford.
I still light a candle every now and then, get on my knees and pray...and hope. A boy’s
gotta have a dream (wink).
Fortunately, Colton Ford has never been one to fit comfortably into any box that he’s put
in. The very gifted artist has pushed the boundaries of any and every public
expectation, especially those of the few jaded and speculative who only want one thing
out of Mr. Ford. Well, it’s too late for that! Because along with any prefix/suffix you’d like
to apply to Colton Ford you can’t deny one...the one
he’s worked the hardest to achieve:
Colton Ford released his first album
Tug Of War in 2007. It premiered
with the successfully received hit
single “The Way You Love Me” and
almost immediately was followed
by the expected backlash of critics
that challenged Ford’s obvious
talent and appeal. Oh, everyone
agreed the man looked amazing on
the album’s packaging, but few
would dare to give him the praise
he so sought after; the street-cred
he had hoped to earn. Not
everyone in the music industry was
ready to embrace Colton Ford, not
with his steamy, sultry and
background. So what does Ford do
to challenge those self-implicated haters? He does what any good pop artist does, and
turns the controversy to his own advantage manipulating the masses into getting exactly
what they asked for, but making it work!
When he set out to release the next single, Ford swung right from the hip! The video for
“That’s Me” featured a sweaty and raunchy Colton Ford stepping into the ring (and out of
the shower) to challenge a gangsta-daddy Colton Ford dopple-ganger! It was a match
made in heaven! The video was so hot it was
Cyndi is amazing, not only as the brilliant musical artist we all know, but also as a
generous, lovely person. Rosie O’Donnell was wonderful and supportive, as well as
the B-52’s. Carson Kressley is exactly the person you’d expect him to be. Funny and
kind. It was such an honor to be a part of the tour!!
JC - It’s no doubt true that most of your fans really prefer to see you perform your music
live – and actually hear you sing! Cause contrary to what some haters think – you’ve got
the chops! Are you finding it a challenge to convince the public that you are a talented
artist, or is it exciting to see them get into it once they hear you’re the real deal?
CF - Well thank you. I think that all artists find people who get them and people who don’
t, regardless of their background. Art is subjective, and it takes a brave person to put
them self out there and subject them self to the whole myriad of comments and
critiques that they’re going to get, good, bad and indifferent. I’m very “Four Agreements”
about the whole thing. When someone is lashing out at someone else, it’s usually a
reflection of his or her own issues then an accurate depiction of the person they’re
speaking of. There are going to be people out there that aren't going to want to see me
as anything other than an adult personality. And that’s fine. But there are people that
are very able to see me as multi-faceted, as we all are. That’s the audience I’m looking
to speak to. At the end of the day, I’m following my dreams. Anyone that has a problem
with that might want to look at himself or herself and see if they’re living their dreams or
still just dreaming about them.
JC - I don’t think it’s a shame at all that you capitalize on your sex appeal and bank on
your image when marketing and promoting your music. Do you ever wish you could
“tone it down” or are you just comfortable with your sexuality? I’m not knocking it – you
know I’d break me off a piece of that Kit-Kat bar anytime!
CF - I like being provocative, and contrary to what some people may think, it has nothing
to do with my past. I enjoy expressing that part of myself, feel entitled to it, and don’t
have any shame about it. I think it carries the weight you give it, and I don’t give it that
much weight. We are sexual creatures, so let’s lose the
shame and enjoy that part of ourselves that is so much fun to explore!
JC - So here you are…one of the most desirable men on the planet! Any special plans
for Valentine’s Day? You strike me as someone who could be highly romantic.
CF - I’m gigging that evening, and I’m taking my boyfriend with me!
JC - Do you kiss on the first date, or do you like to keep them waiting?
CF - Please, if I’m into the person enough to go on a date, I’m definitely down for getting
physical, unless they turn out to be an idiot.
JC - Flowers or chocolates? Careful…if you say both, I’m picking out the rings now!
CF - Well pack the rings bitch! Both!!
I’m singing all the time it seems. Loved ones, friends, people
working out next to me at the gym are all going to hear it.
Favorite romantic song? Depends on the moment and what’s
in my head musically. - Colton Ford
JC - What’s the sweetest (most thoughtful thing) that anyone (a friend, lover, family
member) has done for you?
CF - Can’t identify just one that would qualify as the sweetest (most thoughtful).
Besides, that’s between those individuals and me.
JC - When the lights go down; and there’s no one there (and no – I’m not quoting a
Madonna track) what does Colton Ford most like to do when he’s on his own?
CF - Listen to music, watch old movies and hang with my boyfriend (which I guess
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even censored on the gay-network Logo, which slapped a big, black “censored” graphic
across Ford’s privates! But he got his message across and he got the attention he
needed, and soon the third single “Tug of War (My Won’t Heart Won’t Let Go)” appeared
on the scene and solidified Colton Ford’s place on the pop-music radar!
The video featured a very high-end concept and was visually
stunning, well choreographed, featured Ford cavorting with a
female and male model and (long pause for dramatic affect)
styled Ford in a handsome, desinger three-piece suit. The man
was wearing clothes, singing and dancing -- and he looked hot!
If you’re not comfortable with a world where this very talented, very inspiring man is on
his way to stardom, than I suggest you buy a ticket to ride...Colton Ford isn't going
anywhere...except Under the Covers.
JC - You’re in the midst of recording your second album (the first one Tug Of War was a
very successful dance hit) – thanks for taking the time. How did you approach this new
project? What can fans expect? When can we expect the new album to be released?
Colton Ford - I've actually been recording two albums simultaneously, one of covers and
the other of originals. The covers album is done and is due out in April. There are two
singles out currently off of the record, “Music Sounds Better” (with Dan McKie) and
Britney Spears’ “Trouble”. The originals album will be out later in the year. My approach
is always the same, to try and stay in the moment and enjoy the creative process. I love
making music, so each track I record is special to me.