Friday, September 30, 2011

There Are Worse Things I Could Do...

As a freelance journalist, a good bit of the work I do these days doesn't carry a byline... so for all you cool cats know, except for a constant upchuck of words on The Smoking Nun, perhaps it appears my voice is under the radar.

This year, I've written liner notes for five independent CDs, worked on a promising upstart webbie about New York destinations and composed artist bios by the dozen. So except for some gigs for Billboard, Country Weekly and a few others, my byline seldom appears online as it did in the heralded Billboard days from 1995-2009.

One bio I just completed was just too much damn fun not to share: adult film star-turned-music artist Colton Ford. As most everyone in the LGBT community knows, Ford has a renowned history as one of the most coveted gay performers in the business. He's also been a singer/songwriter for more than two decades, and is about to release his third album "The Way I Am" this fall on Peace Bisquit Records.

The set includes collaborations with Chris Willis (David Guetta), Nervo (Kesha, Britney Spears),
Colton Ford with meese and pal Michael P.
Wawa (Kylie Minogue) and Redtop (Beyonce, Taio Cruz)—cementing his reputation as one of the Top 50 Gay Male Musicians by popular pop culture website AfterElton.com.

In addition to his own numerous music videos—including "Tug of War (My Heart Won’t Let Go)," "The Way You Love Me," "That’s Me" (featuring Cazwell) and a well-received cover of R.E.M.’s "Losing My Religion" (all on YouTube)—Ford was featured in Cyndi Lauper’s "Into the Nightlife" video clip—and performed on select dates of her True Colors tour in 2008. He has also appeared onstage with Chaka Khan, Keith Sweat, Salt-N-Pepa and Vanessa Williams.

If you Google search Ford, you'll understand exactly why he is every gay man's Adonis. Ooh la la!