Pride Profile: 10 Questions With Singer, Songwriter & Adam Lambert Collaborator Benedict Cork

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When English singer-songwriter Benedict Cork was requested to assist Adam Lambert write his latest monitor “Feel Something,” he was in awe. The 25-year-old songwriter watched as a young person when Lambert broke by way of on American Idol and transfer into the pop world as an overtly homosexual performer.

“I feel he's one in every of, if not the, greatest male vocalist on the planet -- he's out of this world,” Cork tells Billboard. “He paved the best way for individuals like Sam Smith and Olly Alexander and Troye [Sivan] -- and me. People are far more accepting of artists who're tremendous open about their sexuality and their id.”

Now, after working with the likes of Lambert, fellow songwriter MNEK and others, Cork is making his manner again to his first love of performing -- the singer began out as a performer in piano bars round London at age 18, earlier than signing with BMG at 19. What he lacked then, Cork says, is expertise.

“When I used to be writing songs after I was 18, I didn't actually know what love was, I didn't actually know what heartbreak was… so I used to be a bit privileged in that manner,” Cork says. “I assume I've simply grown up a bit of bit.”

That is clear on “Fear of Lonely,” Cork’s latest single detailing the sensation of transferring to a brand new metropolis and transferring on from a relationship. “[The song] is about getting used to the concept of being by myself once more, not simply being in a long-term relationship,” he says. “That's form of the place it took place, speaking about how after you undergo a breakup, you need to get used to your individual firm once more, and be OK with being alone once more.”

Cork is definitely conscious of his place as a queer artist making an attempt to make it within the mainstream music trade. But he says that because of the likes of Lambert, Sivan and Smith, he now not feels restricted by his sexuality. “Because of them, so many extra artists can come ahead and form of share their tales and share their voices -- whereas some time in the past, it was a bit more durable to take action,” he says. “I'm so fortunate that it's 2019 and I'm ready to do that.”

Following the discharge of his new single, Billboard grilled Cork on all the pieces from his love of Alicia Keys to why he tries to reside by some alternative Bonnie Raitt lyrics.


Last track that you just listened to: It's a model new artist known as Gracey, the track's known as "Different Things." She's unimaginable, she's a really proficient songwriter, and that is her first launch as a solo artist.

What coloration is your aura: I'm gonna say, like, a maroon. I've my darkish moments, and that's form of what I get out in my songs, however I even have a bit of inner hearth, despite the fact that I don't present it as a lot, and that's form of a pink factor. So I feel maroon is becoming.

Song you affiliate with popping out: I imply, as quickly as you stated it, all I can consider is Diana Ross. [Laughs.] There's a Maria Mena track known as "Growing Pains," and it's mainly about rising up and discovering issues out about your self and id, and it's... yeah, I can't get by way of it with out crying.

First live performance you ever went to: I feel it was Laura Marling, who is that this British folks singer -- she's unimaginable. It was simply her and a guitar on the stage. I'm fortunate, I'm the youngest of 4, so all of my siblings had excellent music style and I feel I used to be dragged alongside to it. But I keep in mind being blown away.

Favorite reminiscence from writing a track: My first-ever lower was with an artist known as Marcus Feehily, who was within the boy band Westlife. It was the primary session I'd achieved with one other artist, and it was such a bizarre expertise as a result of I had by no means gotten into somebody's head earlier than, I had been form of self-obsessed. He went to go on and carry out that track in arenas, in order that was an enormous second for me.

Best recommendation you could have ever acquired: Probably from my therapist. [Laughs.] He advised me that I'm such a goals-driven individual, and I wish to do all the pieces and be all the pieces to everybody, and he simply advised me to reside life every day and form of do spontaneous issues, and to let life occur to me reasonably than making an attempt to make it occur.

Biggest pet peeve: Probably dangerous manners. I'm single, and I've been relationship not too long ago, and I can't take care of individuals which can be impolite to waiters. It simply actually will get on my nerves.

Lyrics you reside by: It's a bizarre one, however one in every of my favourite lyrics of all time is "I can't make you like me in the event you don't" by Bonnie Raitt. I do know that's a couple of relationship, however I additionally am beginning to put that into my daily life, in terms of mates or work. Not everybody's gonna love you -- or such as you even -- and I'm such a people-pleaser that I'm making an attempt to get used to the concept that you could't make somebody love you in the event that they don't. It gained't join.

Dream collaboration: Right now, it's in all probability Alicia Keys. I'd love to sit down at a piano together with her and write a track and sing. I've been obsessed together with her since day one.

First time you noticed your self represented: Interestingly, I'd in all probability say Sam Smith, in a manner -- in that I form of watched his entire rise occur, and it was actually near residence as a result of he was roughly the identical age as me and going by way of related issues on the similar time. I feel it was wonderful for me to see and understand that it's attainable to go from a child in a village in the course of England to immediately being on the world stage. I assume that rings true for me.