Most people know John Corbett as an actor first and a musician second. Growing up Wheeling, West Virginia, just a few miles from Brad Paisley, music has always been John’s first love. As he prepares to release his new album, Leaving Nothin’ Behind, he’s out to show he’s serious about his music career.
“I never for a second dreamed that I could make a living making music, except probably when I was a freshman in high school and would daydream about what it would be like to be in Kiss or Styx or something,” he said. “But I always had a guitar with me.”
He received his first guitar from his mom when he was 7 or 8 years old, around the same time she introduced him to Elvis. John is such a huge fan that he even owns Elvis’ original birth record, handwritten by the doctor who delivered him in Tupelo, Miss. He also sites as his musical heroes the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Garth Brooks, Glen Campbell, Waylon Jennings and Buck Owens, who gave John the last guitar he bestowed to an artist two weeks before he died.
The album was produced by longtime Guy Clark collaborator Jon Randall Stewart, who wrote or co-wrote seven of the album’s 10 songs and co-produced it with Gary Paczosa.
John, best known for his roles in Sex and the City and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, also does voiceover work for GAC and Walgreens and was recently named GAC’s Living Country spokesperson.
Because of his high profile acting gigs, John is faced with having to overcome the ‘just another actor trying to be a singer’ stigma that follows him. So how does he dispel that preconceived notion?
“I don’t do anything,” he said. “I play the show. I already win the battle when I come out onstage, if they haven’t seen us before, because they have such low expectations. We put on a pretty good live show. I want them to put on the marquee, ‘From ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’ I want as many people in those shows as I can get. I don’t care how they get in there.”
Leaving Nothin’ Behind will be available on itunes on January 29, 2013. Fans can pick it up at retail outlets nationwide on February 5.