From small venues in Nashville to Britain’s famous Liverpool Cathedral, Cori Connors carries her fresh voice to audiences worldwide. She has established herself as both a performer and a writer, joining the cluster of singer/songwriters who record their own material but whose works have also been recorded by major artists, earning her platinum status as a songwriter. Among her various artist awards, Cori has received the Utah State Governor’s Mansion Artist Award for artistic excellence, the International Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, and the Family Choice Award. She had recorded 9 albums of original music, and her songs, poetry, and essays have been published in major magazines and compilations.
City, State, Country:
Farmington, Utah, USA
Tell me about your family life:
I'm sister to six, wife to one, mother to four, and grandmother to eleven nearly perfect souls.
Do you have a primary creative medium?
Writing (including songwriting), prose, some poetry, and I write daily on my blog. I also perform my songs.
Please describe your creative process:
It's very exciting but also very erratic! Let's just talk about last night: my guitar and I sat on the couch until 5:45 am fighting with two songs. We rehashed the same old topics. The songs refused to let go of bad lines and melodies, and I just let them control me over and over until, weary and tired, I submitted and went to bed. However, we did resolve one issue in one of the songs, and in the other, I allowed a new melody to peek into our argument in the chorus. That permission to enter was probably because I was so tired, but it was exactly what needed to happen, so I'm fine with being punchy-silly-tired today.
What are the biggest barriers to continuing your creative work?
One barrier I experience is a lack of clear deadlines. I'm a project-driven person, and deadlines push me, so it's commissioned songs that get finished. Songs that emerge without command are hardest for me, and yet the most fulfilling; they are my truth. My own free flow lifestyle is my biggest creative stumbling block. And yet, it is likely the best fodder for the fire that occasionally sparks in the wee hours of the night.
How old were you when you realized that you're an "artist" or a "creative person"?
Very young; probably five. Then there was my fifth grade teacher, Mrs Jackson, who told me I was a writer. And my mother, who read my poetry back to me when I was quite young, like nine or ten. Hearing her voice read my words made me feel amazing!
If you could give a new mother advice about honoring her creativity while mothering, what would you tell her?
Your children will benefit from seeing you create. Be careful to not wait until they are gone to do your creative work. Let them see you struggle, get frustrated, rejoice, and wear yourself out creating (of course, moderation in all things is still the Mother's mantra).
What work are you most proud of?
Because I am as old as I am, my answer is my kids. And their kids. But they are not completely mine. But I am proud of the good soil they sprung from, with all its organic, mulchy messiness. They saw their parents supporting each other in their quests. They ate ramen when mom was in the studio. They went to bed too late because we were making something cool, or even not so cool. They learned to be tired and still push on, to turn accidental drops of paint into purposeful raindrops on their school poster, to be different, and to be okay with being different.
Besides the people of my heart, I suppose I am proud of some of my writing. And some performances and recordings (I am NOT proud of the condition of my bathroom counter at the moment!).