J-14 is scouting out the hottest music around... and this week's pick is Tino Coury!
Here are five things you need to know about Tino Coury whose album This One's For is out this fall!
1. Though he's always had a love for music (he got his first guitar when he was in seventh grade!), 23-year-old Pittsburgh native Tino Coury was an athlete growing up, planning to go away to play college football. However, when he got injured his senior year and couldn't play anymore, he set up a studio in the basement of his house to focus on music. "There came a point in time where I said to myself 'do I want to go away to college and live that normal college life or stay close to home?'" Tino tells J-14. "I decided to stay close to home so I could commute and focus on music."
2. He found musical inspiration growing up through bands like Blink-182, Green Day, and The All-American Rejects. "I wanted to teach myself how to play so I would go online and look up chords and these bands were a huge inspiration, I wanted to make a CD just like them," he tells J-14.
3. Tino has had the opportunity to perform with many artists throughout the past few years including Pitbull, Chris Brown, Jason Derülo, and B.o.B. but his favorite was with Drake. "It was 13,000 people. Everyone was in to it because they played the record [Diary] a lot," Tino tells J-14. "My goal is to sell out an arena someday."
4. He recently completed his debut full-length album titled This One's For, out this fall. "It's about love. I think the cool thing about it is my personality really shows on the album. I do some records with R&B and soul but I also do some club records - playing instruments on some records, so you really get to see what I'm about and who I am as an artist," Tino tells J-14. And as for the title track? "For all the haters and all the people that never believed in me, this one's for you," he says.
5. One of Tino's favorite songs off the new album is a track called "Lego Hearts". "It's about being in relationships and always building and getting to a certain point but it eventually crashes down. It's a really cool concept," Tino says.
Check out the video for his cover of Ne-Yo "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" and let us know what you think!
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