Riva Singer David Correy to Sing Coca-Cola ‘World Cup Anthem’ Thursday in Brazil
David Correy, the Riva singer who appeared as a finalist on Simon Cowell’s Fox TV singing competition, the X-Factor, last fall, is now poised for international fame too. He’ll be performing for a worldwide audience Thursday night (Sept. 12) in Brazil, the 2014 FIFA soccer tournament‘s host nation. He was selected to sing Coca Cola’s 2014 World Cup anthem, “The World is Ours.” He’ll sing the song from Corcovado Mountain above Rio de Janeiro.
He will also sing in stadiums in multiple countries as part of the World Cup Trophy Tour.
Born in Brazil, Correy was adopted as an infant by Stan and Carolyn Chaney, who moved the family to the neighborhood of Annapolis Landing in Riva. Correy has such fond memories of the community that he made a point on X-Factor to declare that he is from a little town in Maryland named Riva—not Washington or Baltimore.
David first performed music publicly in seventh grade, when he won the starring role in “Bye, Bye Birdie” at Indian Creek School in Crownsville.
His singing talent later earned him a scholarship to Archbishop Spalding High School. There, a chorus teacher encouraged him to consider music as a career. When he was 17, he auditioned for FOX TV’s American Idol and beat out 9500 contestants to make it to the top 150. Missing the next level on that show allowed him to accept a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston.
While a car accident prevented his graduation, it did not derail his dreams. He fought hard to regain his health and enter the music scene, founding Urban Rock Records and performing up and down the East Coast.
David decided to assume the stage name Correy prior to his X-Factor appearance. The new name gave some privacy to Stan and Carolyn as their son became more famous. Few people realized that David Correy was once the little boy who played sports for the Riva Athletic Association. In fact, Carolyn was amused when her eye doctor noted that a terrific local singer was on X-Factor.
“Yes,” she said. “He’s my son.”
During his first appearance on X-Factor, David announced that he was adopted and that one of his dreams was to meet his Brazilian birth mother. That story, widely reported in Brazil, prompted his birth mother, Luciene Lima, to come forward in October. David flew to Brazil to meet her and later performed a concert with both of his mothers and his father sitting together in the front row.
David now has more than half a million followers on Facebook and Twitter. This number will be sure to grow as soccer fans worldwide are introduced to the World Cup anthem. Written by the song-writing team, Rock Mafia, “The World is Ours” features the Brazilian percussion troupe Monobloco and David’s pop-rock vocals.
“It’s such a feel-good song,” David said in an interview with Billboard. “I think with the rhythms, the song, the message, it’s going to touch a lot of people.” “The World is Ours” is available on YouTube here.
Jane Hudiburg writes and edits the Annapolis Landing community newsletter, The Tie-Line. Portions of this article first appeared in the Tie-Line’s Fall 2012 edition. Many thanks to Jane for sharing this story of a terrific young man.
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