Corbette Jackson’s new single “Open Door” is a fun, fresh song channeling the power of unconditional love- listen to his full interview with Jim Brickman below!
JIM BRICKMAN: I’m fascinated by your story… you seem to be very drawn to these emotional stories.
CORBETTE JACKSON: That is something that I take pride in as a singer-songwriter, and it is hard for me at times to go there. It’s hard for me to get into those vulnerable spots to talk about these meaningful things, or at least that I see as being meaningful for me, and you know, it’s always encouraging and affirming for me to know that it’s meaningful for other people and moves them and makes them feel something. And with the new single, Open Door, it was really inspired by the idea of having those meaningful relationships, and those meaningful experiences that we go through with people in our lives that matter to us.
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The experiences we face throughout our lives, in many cases, can determine who we become. They not only shape our character, but they guide us to our destiny. This is the case for singer-songwriter, Corbette Jackson. His life journey consists of a series of events that collided to form the reason he creates fearlessly and the way he embraces music.
Corbette Jackson grew up with the same interests as any typical American kid, but didn’t get to undergo this ideally carefree life. He was exposed to domestic violence at a young age, putting both him and his mother’s safety in jeopardy. In efforts to escape an abusive household, Corbette’s mother took him and his brother and moved to Puerto Rico, to temporarily live with Corbette’s grandparents. Despite all of the chaos around him, Corbette found solace by putting on his headphones, walking around the countryside outside of San Juan, and giving in to the lyrics and music that he was listening to. Those moments birthed a desire to give back to those in vulnerable times by creating music in which they could find hope and a sense of understanding.
Fast forward to Corbette Jackson’s teenage years, where he put his destiny in motion by moving to Nashville after graduating from high school. His first musical endeavor was a fund-raising song for a friend who was battling Stage-4 cancer in his hometown of Newnan, GA. The release, Heart Of A Champion, quickly became one of the most requested songs in the Atlanta area, and demonstrated to the young singer how his music could connect to affect meaningful change. He became a road warrior to support the single, with his high-octane shows widely renowned throughout the live music circuit in his home state of Georgia. But the relentless touring took its toll.After the Heart Of A Champion Tour, Corbette felt compelled to take time to pursue other interests. He took classes while working in the emergency department of a trauma center at a Tennessee hospital. And there, he came face to face with the stark realities of life, which led to his ultimate decision to return to music.
“It was a tumultuous time,” Says Jackson, “As I was trying to decide if I had what it took to do music. Also, I was just trying to figure out life. Suddenly, I was working in a trauma room; where people were fighting to survive, where every moment was critical. This had a transformative effect on my life and how I’ve chosen to live it since those days.”
After getting his degree, and wrapping up his time at the hospital, Corbette decided to return to his true love, making music. He wrote. He recorded. He started playing out live again. And he found his sound. He became conscious of what really defines being authentic: being real with not only others, but with yourself. Now, that sound is starting to be heard all over America.
His newest single, “Open Door,” captures the lessons gained from his journeys. Inspired to release the song by the outpouring of emotion around the world from the heart-breaking losses of recent artists Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, and Tommy Page – a personal friend of Open Door executive producer/co-writer Stokes Nielson – Jackson channels the notion that unconditional love can be found no matter how far you roam, or how bad things get.
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