Corey Stapleton & The Pretty Pirates
“Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good,
God would permit us to be pirates.” – Mark Twain
“The pirate he will sink you with a kiss
He’ll steal your heart and sail away” – Joni Mitchell
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is infamous for his quote “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy,” but for Corey Stapleton, why not both! From a graduate of the US Naval Academy, who piloted aircraft carriers, to a swashbuckling Montana State Senator and Secretary of State, to a country music artist, his life story reads like an epic sea adventure with a soundtrack that will steal your heart.
After graduating from the USNA, Corey Stapleton, served 11 years in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, deploying overseas aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy. Although he holds a B.S. degree in General Engineering from the Naval Academy, a Masters of Arts degree in Political Science from Temple University, and a Master of Science degree in Financial Services from The American College in Pennsylvania, he also holds a deep desire to express the music that has always lived in him. “The last couple years have been some of the most challenging of my life,” he reveals. “I have really tried to live ‘one day at a time’ and focus on being a good person, in whatever capacity I was serving at the moment.” Stapleton finds that some of the emotion he is experiencing comes out in the songs he writes, especially the last year, where the world has taken a collective sigh.
Armed with a stocked vault of songs he composed, the Great Falls, MT native made his first, of many, journeys to Nashville. In Music City, he connected with world class musicians who played a big part in bringing his songs to life. “Working with Nashville musicians was transformative for me and my music,” he says of his time in Nashville recording at OmniSound Studios. “Cutting our songs with some of the best studio musicians in the world, I changed. I no longer wondered if my music belonged in Nashville. Nashville was in it all along!”
The band’s first offering to the crowded country music cache is sure to set them apart straight out of the box. “Western Son” is a thought provoking mid-tempo about leaving fears and loneliness in the past and becoming the person you are meant to be. “Now, more than ever, America needs strength and love, not fear and pettiness,” Stapleton pontificates about the very personal song he penned.
The US Naval Academy builds selfless leaders who value diversity and demonstrate their ethical foundation through their example of personal integrity and moral courage. This is who Corey Stapleton is at the core. His goal is to use his God-given musical gifts to create more music in the world and less noise. “I write music to connect all of us to the shared emotions of what it means to be human.”
Corey Stapleton & The Pretty Pirates will be releasing a series of singles leading up to their debut album and will begin touring throughout the new year.