Corey Kent White talks country music career after ‘The Voice’


The cameras are off, but Corey Kent White, former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” is nowhere near finished with his country music career.

“I am back in Nashville, Tennessee. As soon as I landed I went straight into management meetings,” White said. “I am putting together my team, management, booking agency and band.”

Although White may be back to business, preparing a team for future performances, he is still reveling in the excitement from his television debut.

“I never realized how many people watched this show, it’s crazy,” White said. “I take a lot of pictures and sign stuff when I’m at places like the airport and I love it, it absolutely makes people’s day. If I can be a part of brightening someone’s day, that’s a pretty special thing.”

White said the coolest part is hearing stories about the kids he’s inspired to never give up on their dreams and to follow the Lord in the process.

“The Lord brought me this opportunity,” White said. “I followed him through this and just look where this journey took me. I’m years ahead of where I would be otherwise.”

Up until spring 2015, Corey Kent White was performing country songs at universities across the nation hoping for his big break, and he certainly found one.

White competed to be one of the top eight contestants on season eight of NBC’s “The Voice.”

“I never wanted to do a show like this,” White said. “Quite honestly, I was too prideful and wanted to do it the old fashioned way by playing the bars and college towns.”

Despite his initial hesitation, White said he wanted to take the opportunities the Lord had given him.

Throughout the competition, White was able to work with various singers who mentored him before each performance.

“Meghan Trainor definitely was the most flirtatious, but hey, I’m not complaining,” White said.

White said that all of his mentors were very engaged.

“Cee Lo hit me hard when he said ‘Country music ain’t in your cowboy boots, it’s in your core,’ and Reba quickly became “Aunt Reba” and made me feel so at home,” White said. “I got to work with fellow OSU Cowboy Scott Hendricks, Blake Shelton’s Producer, what more do I need to say, he’s a cowboy.”

Despite enjoying all of his mentors, White said his favorite experience on the show was singing “Drinking Class” with Lee Brice.

“We really became buds, and I had the night of my life gettin’ to perform with him,” White said. “I told him right before we started singing, ‘I don’t even care what happens tonight, this right here is the worth it.’”

Although White’s experience on “The Voice,” has come to a close, White said exciting things are just around the corner.

“New music has already been recorded and we plan on releasing something this summer,” White said. “Hosting band auditions in May and hitting the road again.”

The most exciting part is Stillwater just so happens to be along the road White mentioned. In October 2015, White will be headlining the OSU Beta Homecoming concert.

“Hoping for a huge turnout in my favorite college town with my favorite people,” White said.