On ‘Joyride,’ Joey Contreras Aims For ‘Good Bops’ And More Vulnerable Terrain


On his new EP, “Joyride,” Joey Contreras has a twofold purpose ― to ship “some good bops” paired with a heartfelt message of “worth and self-worth in the case of love” to his listeners. 

The pop and musical theater singer-songwriter made good on that mission when he carried out songs from the EP earlier than a wildly enthusiastic crowd March 18 on the New York nightspot The Inexperienced Room 42. One of many night time’s most memorable moments was Contreras’ tender efficiency of the country-tinged ballad “Tips on how to Be Alone,” captured for posterity within the above video, accessible completely on HuffPost.

“Joyride,” which hit retailers and streaming platforms March 22, marks new terrain for the California-born Contreras in a single main manner. His two earlier releases, 2010’s “Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras” and 2014’s “Younger Type of Love,” noticed his work sung by Broadway artists Jeremy Jordan, Natalie Weiss and Ben Fankhauser, amongst others.

This time round, nonetheless, he selected to carry out every of the six tracks solo. 

Joey Contreras' longtime beau, Brian Russell Carey (right), proposed during the March 18 performance in New York.

Joey Contreras’ longtime beau, Brian Russell Carey (proper), proposed in the course of the March 18 efficiency in New York.

“It was a susceptible resolution, however one I’m glad I made,” Contreras, who cites Kacey Musgraves and Harry Types as musical influences, advised HuffPost. Calling “Joyride” his “most cohesive” work so far, he mentioned, “It took awhile for me to construct the boldness to deal with this particular solo mission, however as soon as I began to land on a group of songs that felt proper, I knew it was time to take a position my time, coronary heart and cash into this physique of labor.”  

The March 18 live performance was a celebratory occasion for Contreras in additional methods than one, too. The present featured a shock look by his longtime beau, Brian Russell Carey, an actor and a musician. Instantly following the encore, Carey bought to at least one knee and proposed. 

Calling the second “wild, good and so particular,” Contreras mentioned, “My relationship with him is such a secure and galvanizing area each romantically and creatively and I’m so fortunate to have him as a accomplice by life.” 

Following the discharge of “Joyride” final month, he plans to proceed work on a brand new musical. Although wanting to see his music carried out on Broadway at some point, he’s bought his eye on the pop charts, too, and would love Britney Spears or Kelly Clarkson to file one in all his songs. 

“I’m a storyteller and I like songs with good bones,” he mentioned. “Finally I try to make music that communicates and connects whether or not that be on the dance ground, in your AirPods across the metropolis or in a theater.”  

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