TALENTED, CREATIVE, MARKETING CONSULTANT
Corinda is a multi-talented recording artist, writer, and community leader with an impressive background in her music and publishing endeavors. With two spellings of her last name, she explains that Carford is the Americanized version, and Carfora is her Italian heritage. Her philosophy is to approach each day as a new canvas to create your best life, follow your dreams; and laughter is mandatory.
“As I age I want to be like a classic car:
Well maintained, Pristine, Genuine, Desired,
With a proper set of keys to start me up.”
A graduate of The University of Miami, Corinda studied music and creative writing then headed to New York where she appeared in several off-Broadway productions, and sang backup vocals for various recording artists.
As in the case of many aspiring artists, in order to pay the rent she worked as a temp and eventually took a full time job with DC Comics.
Several years later she moved on to Simon & Schuster, and then to Penguin, where she worked her way up the corporate ladder to Vice-President.
Knowing the 9 to 5 and office politics were not in her DNA she ventured off to start her own consulting business for book publishers and authors while pursuing her music.
Some of the highlights include singing The National Anthem at Giant Stadium for the World Cup–including the Italian National Anthem-Fratelli D’italia to welcome our international guests, and a special performance at The Bitter End in New York City with “The Original Deliverance Band.”
Her first solo album, Mr. Sandman, included The Pantyhose Song written with college pal, actress and singer-songwriter, Gail Edwards. The song was featured in Allure Magazine, and Listen to Your Heart by Fern Michaels, and made several International Playlists. Her work with The Alliance Singers includes an international hit single, Wayfaring Stranger where she is the lead vocalist.
Over the years she developed a strong clientele in the book world while working on a number of music projects including the remarkable journey with The Alliance Singers, whose work for the good of the community brought great experiences and rewards with icons such as Bruce Springsteen, and Jon Stewart from The Daily Show.
An avid animal lover, Corinda works closely with Animal Care Sanctuary – the largest no-kill shelter in the country.
Joined together by fate, The Alliance Singers came into being from the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Forty-eight hours after that tragic day, local residents gathered and formed The Alliance of Neighbors, an-all volunteer organization to establish emotional and financial support for the families and the community. It was decided that a benefit concert would be the best vehicle, yet there was only weeks to prepare. Music icons Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi were the first to sign up, followed by Felix Cavalieri, John Eddy, Joan Jett, and Kevin Smith – to name a few. While scrambling to cover all the details, co-producer Corinda Carford was faced with another last minute challenge when music director Gary Tallent urged: “We need backup singers for these acts. I know you can sing so see if you can pull 10 more people together for rehearsal – for the day after tomorrow.” Slightly panicked, Carford ran to the first place she thought of: The Pilgrim Baptist Church, where she pleaded with musical director Jesse Moorer to “gather some voices (and they have to sound good with me!) And be at my house tomorrow night at 7:00.” This was to be the first meeting of many.
As promised, the singers appeared and raised their voices in harmony for the various performers of the concert and became what is now known as The Alliance Singers. The group went on to contribute on the Grammy Award winning The Rising by Bruce Springsteen, as well as The Essential Springsteen, and Wrecking Ball.
More concerts and television appearances followed, including Today on NBC, and creating laughter on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Eventually they cut a CD single, Wayfaring Stranger which went on to reach the top 100 on the International Gospel Train Music Chart.
Each new experience was unique and always a surprise, which goes to show that you just never know.
TODAY on NBC
The Alliance Singers on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
"Shine On!" The Daily Show
The Daily Show
The Alliance of Neighbors Concert for the Families Impacted by 9/11
Tony, Jesse, Corinda, & Terry MacGovern
Tony, Monique, Bruce, Toni, Corinda, Tiffeny, Jesse
IN MEMORY OF JESSE MOORER
It is with a heavy heart that I say good-bye to my music partner and dear friend, Jesse Moorer.
He was taken too soon. Jon Stewart said it best: “No finer more talented people will you ever meet.”
Knowing Jesse was a blessing and a joy. His talent was extraordinary; his kindness inspriational.
I am grateful to have had him in my life.
What People Say
No nicer, more talented people will you ever meet!
The Alliance Singers! We love ’em!
The Pantyhose Song by Corinda Carfora & Gail Edwards
It was the month of December. I had spent a week in Puerto Rico at a conference and returned to New Jersey. The day after I got home I changed suitcases, headed back to the airport and boarded a plane to Sedona, Arizona to spend some time with my bestie from college, the talented Gail Edwards. While in-flight, I was thinking about what I had packed and hoped it was seasonally appropriate. Going from 92 degrees to 28 degrees in 48 hours required a drastic change in clothing. I had packed my Arizona suitcase before my trip to Puerto Rico and was trying to recall what was in the luggage. The first thing that came to mind was “No Pantyhose! Yay!” It was a long flight and I began to amuse myself my writing some lyrics on a cocktail napkin–Yes, people really do that! The first line was “I’m getting rid of all my pantyhose, and all those high-heels with the pointy toes. I’m gonna find myself some comfortable clothes, I’m getting rid of all my pantyhose!”
Once I got settled in, Gail and I went for a drive to see some of the incredible Red Rocks. I reached into my pocket and pulled out the crumpled napkin and started singing it to her. Being a fellow songstress–we met at the University of Miami School of Music–she added the second phrase. By the time we got back to her place we had written most of it and were giddy with delight. We dragged her unsuspecting husband-the very talented Robert Decker-into the living room and handed him his guitar. The rest–as they say–is history–and a funny commentary on fashion.
The song and lyrics were featured in Allure Magazine, with other country inspired songs along the same line, such as Did I Shave My Legs for This? by Deana Carter. It was the beginning of a not-so-quiet rebellion asking: “Who decided what I’m supposed to wear?”
Around the same time I was recording an album in Nashville and ran it past my producer Mick Lloyd, who was skeptical but also intrigued and we decided to include it on my CD, Mr. Sandman. Several songs from the album–yes, they still call it that–made the International Country Music Charts, including The Pantyhose Song.
The kitchy lyrics caught the attention of New York Times Best Selling Author, Fern Michaels, who included the lyrics in her novel Listen to Your Heart, which also contained a CD single of the song in the back of the book.
Recently we were approached by an innovative artist and teacher, Katie Truk, who uses pantyhose as her medium. I am delighted to share some of her brilliant work–and use of pantyhose–on the top of the page. Please visit her site: www.katietruk.com
Over 25 years of publishing experience, Wildcat Marketing provides marketing strategies to publishers and authors, creating proposals and campaigns. Other services are also available including writing, editing, and general consulting for book publishing.
Current Clients Include
#1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, Fern Michaels
#1 New York Times Best-Selling Author and Psychic Medium, John Edward
Previous Clients & Projects
New Author York Times Best Selling and Award-Winning Science Fiction & Fantasy Publisher, Baen Books
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of America – Author of Featured Story The Alliance Singers
Flat Food/Flat Stomach – with Paul Shavelson
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Book Launch
Love Karma by Best Selling Author & Psychic Medium Char Margolis
I’m Not Crazy, Just Bipolar by Wendy Williamson
The Amazon Murders by Sue Lee
Dragons Suck by Benjamin Gamble
Launch of Riverhead Books: The Color of Water by James McBride; Drown by Junot Diaz; Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee; High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
What People Say
She knows her stuff!