Corey Kent’s New Song ‘Man Of The House’ Finds Deep Connection With Fans
Kent said he witnessed “the power of music” after receiving an abundance of positive feedback on his latest release.
Corey Kent; Photo by Matthew Berinato
Being raised by a single mom wasn’t easy for Corey Kent or his mom. Not having his dad in his life meant that he had to grow up more quickly than kids normally do. However, this difficult time made him the person he is today, and his story is now coming to light and inspiring others in his new song, “Man Of The House.”
Kent tugs at listeners’ heartstrings as soon as the first verse flows out of his mouth like he’s been holding it in and waiting for a time to finally let it go.
“Had to grow up before I started shaving / More worried about mama than running and playing outside / She didn’t sleep at night, I guess neither did I / I don’t know how she did, what she did but, she did it / Knew someone was missing but, for her, I hid it / She had enough on her plate, so I tried to take his place,” he sings in the opening verse.
Written by Kent with Austin Goodloe, Joybeth Taylor and Lydia Vaugha and produced by Jay Joyce, the autobiographical track carves out a core memory of his childhood when he felt the need to take on more reasonability instead of just enjoying his youth. But it wasn’t just about stepping up and helping around the house. For Kent, there was something much deeper and emotional going on as he held his head up high when his mom needed a bit of extra strength.
Towards the end of the song, he shifts the focus to match his present-day life. Now that he and his wife, Dayna are raising kids of their own, Kent is determined to give them the childhood that he missed out on.
He sings, “Married my girl and we had a few babies / Trying to give them the childhood life never gave me / Know they probably can’t tell / That I’m still telling myself.”
While he might have expected the song to touch a few people who may have had a similar situation growing up, he revealed that he never thought it would gain the kind of personal traction that it did with his audience.
“’Man of the House’ is the most therapeutic & heartfelt song of my career,” Kent shared in a press release. “I had no idea that people would connect with it the way they have already. The thousands of people sharing their stories in the comment section of the teasers have blown my mind. It’s just a kid talking about his real life and other people saying ‘that’s how I feel, too.’ That’s the power of music.”
Before its official release, Kent also dropped an intimate acoustic performance video of the track after receiving so much love from his fans from teasing it on social media. The rising country star’s face shows his true emotions as he sings each of the honest lyrics that hold the listener captive.
“Man Of The House” follows the collection of tracks he released in 2022, such as “Hood of That Car” and “How You Know You Made It.” Most recently, he dropped his ’22 Tapes EP. This collection of four songs came as a result of all the support Kent received from his fans throughout the year.
On January 14, he also got the chance to bring his explosive RIAA-certified platinum single, “Wild As Her,” to the stage for his Grand Ole Opry debut. The high-energy track has garnered over 190 million on-demand streams so far and landed Kent his first-ever entry onto the Billboard Hot 100. It reached No. 15 on the Hot Country Songs Chart and is currently making its way up the Top 20 at Country Radio.
To kick off the year, Corey Kent hit the road in support of Parker McCollum’s spring 2023 tour. Later on, he will play a slew of festivals including C2C: Country to Country in London, Tortuga Music Festival, Stagecoach, and more.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.