Singer/Songwriter Cortney LaFloy hails from the suburbs of Chicago and currently resides in Atlanta.
Centred within her artistic tapestry are the rhythms of 70’s Soul & Funk, Disco, and House Music and her district soulful and jazzy tones have been turning heads in the scene. Cortney has released tracks on Tambor Music, Nervous Records, POJI Records, and Funkhut Records, among others, collaborating with the likes of Timmy Regisford, DJ Pope and more.
As she reveals her sublime new single, ‘My Sister’, produced by Daz-I-Kue of Bugz In The Attic fame, 6AM digs deeper…
Hi Cortney, it’s a pleasure to chat with you today, how is 2021 treating you so far?
2021 has started well for me and I’m looking forward to building on that throughout the year.
Please tell us a bit about where you’re from and what first turned you on to singing and songwriting?
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Music surrounded me at all times. My parents, grand parents and uncle always had music at the forefront.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say my sound is straight from my heart. It’s insight into who I am.
Who did you listen to growing up and do they influence your music at all today?
Growing up, jazz and soul music were prevalent in my household. It’s music that still holds space in my life today. Those songs are timeless.
How do you typically go about writing a new song and what inspires you?
I brainstorm the thoughts in my head and scan my feelings. Something usually jumps out. Once that happens, I’m able to construct some order around it, in the form of lyrics.
Tell us about your fab new single ‘My Sister’ and what we can expect to hear?
You can expect a love song about sisterhood. I understand the importance of a good group of friends. When life gets difficult, those people who can make you laugh or give you the hug you need. I wanted to convey that feeling in this song.
The release also features remixes from Atlanta residents Daz-I-Kue, who also produced the original song, and Applejac, what did they bring to the table?
They know how to make music that makes people get up and dance. That’s important to me, creating music that makes people want to move and belt out the lyrics while doing so.
You’ve worked with the likes of Timmy Regisford, DJ Pope, Andrea Curato and Rick Lenoir to name a few, what’s your own personal favourite release and who would you most like to work with in the future?
My personal favorite is ‘No Time’. It seems to really resonate with people. It’s a message of going out and being your best self, without needing approval of others. I’d love to work with Ralf GUM, Jihad Muhammad, Ian Friday, and Ezel.
Have you any plans to make an album?
Yes, Daz and I are in talks on that.
As a woman in the music industry, in terms of equality, what needs to change for the better?
I believe people should be taken for how they are. Their talent should lead the way.
What’s been your biggest triumph and your biggest learning curve?
Breaking the top 3 of the Traxsource Afro House Charts with the Timmy Regisford edit of Intentions was a big triumph for me. It came during the lockdown of last summer. It was a ray of sunshine during a bleak time. The biggest learning curve for me was learning the business side of making music. Also, I learning how to produce my own vocals. I was told by a dear friend, I need to take control of my vocals and learn how to produce them so I get the sound that I want. It’s helped me tremendously.
What tips have you got for upcoming singers looking to break on to the scene?
Write often so when you have the chance to record, you have material ready.
Which current vocalists should we be checking out right now?
I’m loving Sio. I love her sound and she’s always putting out great music. Monique Bingham is also a favorite of mine. She’s effortless when she sings. I’m always in awe.
Which dance track holds the most precious memories for you and why?
Growing up in the Chicago area, Acid House was everything to me. ‘Video Clash’ by Lil Louis sends me into a frenzy every time I hear it!
What else have you got coming up in 2021 that you can tell us about?
I’m working on some new songs with Rick Lenoir. I’ve been writing during the lockdown of last summer and I’m ready to record.