Corey Harper Proves He's 'No Good Alone' in New Video: Premiere
Los Angeles pop-rock troubadour Corey Harper gained considerable traction with last year’s On the Run EP, scoring major festival appearances and a highly coveted Instagram endorsement from Justin Bieber. Today (Sept. 21), Billboard is premiering “No Good Alone,” a sunny, retrofitted pop-rock nugget that celebrates the simple pleasure of spending a lazy day with the person you love.
Harper, a professed classic rock and soul disciple, lays down tasteful John Mayer-esque licks over a relaxed backbeat, creating plenty of space for his smoky, understated vocals. The video shows him whiling away a gorgeous day inside his Venice Beach house with actress Daniele Ifrah.
SONG OF THE DAY: 'No Good Alone' by Corey Harper
A couple weeks ago, Portland singer-songwriter Corey Harper released his new single, “No Good Alone,” and the catchy tune is an instant classic. With Harper on guitar and vocals, Marshall Vore on drums, Patrick Taylor on bass, and James Wolf on guitar, the track draws inspiration from all over the place, most notably from artists like John Mayer. On this new single, you can really hear the way Harper blends various genres and inspirations to create timeless pop jams, taking elements of folk, blues, 60s/70s rock and soul, and newer inspirations like John Mayer and Ben Howard.
Growing up with a passion for playing guitar and his parents’ taste for 60s and 70s music, Corey Harper is a singer-songwriter who tries to avoid the restraints of genre. Since moving to L.A. at the age of 20, Harper has started to make a name for himself in the Los Angeles music scene, has opened for Justin Bieber shows, and has upcoming plans to open for select Niall Horan shows.
Watch Corey Harper's Wanderlust-Inducing 'Beneath' Video: Exclusive Premiere
Folk-rocker Corey Harper has already gained acclaim from both fans and media alike, all without having released his debut EP. Said EP, On the Run, will arrive this fall but until then, Harper has already graced listeners with a handful of tracks that showcase soothing instrumentation and his deep yet crisp vocals — a pairing that works well to deliver a warm and inviting sound.
On Wednesday (Oct. 12), Harper is sharing his latest track, the rollicking “Beneath,” along with its music video exclusively on Billboard. “‘Beneath’ came alive sonically from a riff I had heard on a song called ‘Broken’ by Jake Bugg,” Harper tells Billboard. “I went to the guitar to try and get something with a similar feel, and started singing lyrics mindlessly, finding melodies that fit the story I was searching for.”
Hear Corey Harper Evoke John Mayer on Radiant 'California Sun'
He has the blonde, fresh-scrubbed looks of a young West Coast surfer, but Portland, Oregon, musician Corey Harper’s radiant “California Sun” takes its musical cues from soul-baring sand and grit rather than crashing waves. With vocals that suggest Harper as John Mayer’s breezier fraternal twin, his tunes are a mix of Seventies country-rock touched by Mississippi blues. The 21-year-old’s “California Sun,” from his upcoming debut EP, is highlighted by a melodic chorus that finds the singer-songwriter dealing with the emotional fallout of a break-up, but resolute as to why he’s remaining rather Zen-like about the whole situation.
“I’m not going anywhere fast ’cause you always come right back,” he sings. “You remind me of the California sun. I don’t feel you as much when I get drunk.”
Born in Missouri, Harper picked up guitar at a very early age, having come across a Fender Stratocaster at his uncle’s house in Kansas City. With help from his uncle and father, he learned simple chords and honed his skills by watching videos of guitar greats Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, copying what he was hearing them play.