Today we’d like to introduce you to Kory Glattman.
Kory, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am an east coast girl from Bergen County, NJ. I was a shy little girl who got involved in the arts at a young age. Dance was the first art form I fell in love with. At age seven, I started classes and danced until I left for college. My dance studio became my second home. I was dancing over 16 hours a week, doing state and national competitions as well as summer intensives at Dance Theatre of Harlem and ABT. Dance instilled many qualities in me that I’m grateful for to this day. Confidence, discipline, a healthy competitive spirit, and having a passion for what you do are traits I learned early on. As a child, I always loved to sing, but when people would ask me to, I was so nervous I would have to turn around and face the other direction (and then I would go on to belt out “Colors of the Wind” or “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, those were two of my favorites!) When I was 13, I auditioned and was chosen to be in a girl group. This was my first glimpse into the music world, we recorded songs and played Radio Disney shows, etc. It lasted only two years but it was a great experience and got me thinking I might want to go more in this direction. After graduating high school, it was suggested I go straight to Broadway and give that a try. I chose, instead, to go to Berklee College of Music and this is where the gears really shifted to music.
After college, I was performing and working with producers in NY, as well as giving voice lessons, when I was lucky enough to meet Bruce Lundvall – an amazing force in the industry. He believed in me and took me under his wing until his passing. Having someone like Bruce to learn from and help me navigate was really special. At this point, a lot of people I worked with were moving to the west coast; I decided to make the move. People that know me thought I’d be the last one to move across the country considering how close I am with my family. I figured I’d go for a few months…4 years later, I’m still here and love the life I’ve made. I am a firm believer that for any place to feel like home you need some solid friendships. I have made those friendships and my friends are a huge part of my happiness here. People that love and support you, and who you can be real with, are so necessary. I am fortunate to work with a lot of my friends as well, writing and performing. Although I’ve been singing and performing professionally for years, songwriting has become a main focus as well over the last two years. I love collaborating with such talented people. I’ve had the opportunity to use my voice for toys, video games, TV, film and performed for some really cool things nationally and internationally. I’m excited for what comes next!
Has it been a smooth road?
I am an optimistic person and like to look on the bright side but I have definitely had my ups and downs. It can be challenging to take what you’re most passionate about and turn it into your career. I always need to remember at the end of the day that it is my passion first and foremost. It’s easy to forget that when you rely on it to make your living, and you do it every single day; sometimes working on things that you don’t absolutely love. Another struggle for me was when I was first writing for myself, being so concerned what category my music fit into and if it was a popular genre. It affects your creativity when you are overly concerned about what others will think. I still get in my head sometimes but have a way more relaxed approach now. Lastly, I would say moving across the country from my family, who I am extremely close with, has been hard.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a singer, songwriter and performer. I perform in and around LA, write songs and collaborate with creatives (producers and writers) for other artists and sync (tv, film, etc.); and record for demos and voiceovers. Recently I’ve honed my skills recording and editing my own vocals as well. It has made me much more independent in the studio, which is a great feeling. I wouldn’t have been able to do a fraction of what I did during quarantine, if not for that, and having a studio in my house. With my training as a vocalist, I’m able to help others find their voice, recording or performing, to help deliver their own unique sound. In terms of writing, I tend to lean towards an emotional melody whether the song is upbeat or not, something that pulls at your heart strings. Lyrically I try to find the balance between deep and simple, metaphorical and conversational. I’ve also learned that a lot of the time, the most simple lyric over the right chords and melody hits really hard. I’m inspired by many different genres; from jazz standards, soul and R&B to pop, country, and singer songwriter etc. There are artists from every decade that I look up to, but Sam Cooke is one of my all time favorites and soul/R&B is my favorite way to sing. Music, more than anything has always been able to bring me back to balanced. The effect it has on my emotions and mood almost freaks me out. If I can make someone feel what I feel listening to music, then I’m happy.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
LA is a great place to be for the entertainment industry. I would say to someone starting out that they can absolutely do it here. The most effective way to learn is by throwing yourself right into where things are actually happening and getting the real life experience. It seems scary, and I get people may want to be somewhere less intimidating at first, but you will find your people and go through the ups and downs together while still being in the right place to get to the next level. In LA, you surrounded by people working their way up and those that are at the top of their game. You will learn quickly and better yourself being around the best in the business.
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