Many artists are shaped by the places they come from. But for 25-year-old singer, songwriter and producer GHOS7 (pronounced “ghost”), that wasn’t the case. Born Corey Cray to musical parents based in Charlotte, North Carolina, GHOS7 never quite felt connected to the area. From a young age, he had his sights set on much greener pastures, and was moved by stories from beyond the confines of the Tar Heel State. GHOS7 went on to spend his childhood performing in Broadway tours and appearing on kids’ television shows, including Cartoon Network’s Fried Dynamite! , and experimenting with music (“I was making full on metal tracks and singing and full screaming on them in my bedroom”). He eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full-time, attending auditions and working at a production house, where he learned even more about sound. After becoming disenchanted with his acting venture his dad convinced him to move to Nashville, and shift his focus to his original love: music. he began producing his own music, befriending and selling hip-hop and trap beats to up and coming rappers in the area. One day, he realized that just as he had learned production skills, he could learn about writing and performing lyrics, just as his rapper friends had, and he began taking songwriting and vocals more seriously. Eventually, he was given the name GHOS7 by Young Buck, whom he met through the local artists he was producing for.
“Break Em Down is a fight song against all my self doubt, fears and limitations. It’s my way of telling them they can’t control me anymore. I’ve prevailed and destroyed all those demons, and now I'm on top and I can tell my story.”