Colton’s Ford’s new single, “Stay,” is an up-tempo ballad with a haunting melancholy vibe, about how opening ourselves up to love can trigger our fears, but that vulnerability is the most important ingredient to having a trusting, intimate relationship with someone. “I think most people have issues of abandonment in one way or another,” says Colton Ford. “Mine stemmed from childhood; an absent father and a stepfather I didn’t get along with. It was one of the things that I started addressing when I first began therapy at 30. How I was abandoned by my father early on in life, and how it could negatively impact any relationship I had as an adult if left unaddressed.” Written and produced by Colton Ford, Ron Schrader, and Spin Sista, Colton Ford’s “Stay” is a Woop Woop Productions release, distributed by Woop Woop Music and available on all major digital platforms. The music video is on YouTube.
Photography: Kevin Hoover
“I am very focused and ambitious, and I know it can be a lot,” Colton Ford admits. “I am an artist who is driven by his passion and need to create and pursue his dreams. Unless you are afflicted with this powerful energy and desire, it’s hard to understand the dynamics involved in the experience. There are no set hours, I’m on the road for periods of time, I can be pulled into things at the drop of a hat that make me not as available on a regular basis as someone who is in a career that has a more predictable steady rhythm.”
Along with the original version, Colton Ford is releasing a House/Buddha Bar/Soul remix of “Stay” by Spin Sista and two music videos directed by Kevin Hoover: a YouTube friendly version and an uncensored version that Colton Ford will release on his OnlyFans page. “Both videos will offer viewers a peek through the blinds of a couple doing their thing,” Colton Ford explains. “One will just dive in a bit deeper.”
“At times I have questioned whether or not my partner was going to be able to stay the course,” he continues. “One partner, years ago, told me he was my biggest fan, but in the same breath said, ‘I think your career is going to ruin our relationship.’ In that moment, that statement hit me smack in the face, and I realized that we really wanted different things and that ultimately the relationship wasn’t going to work.”
Colton Ford is launching his OnlyFans page in tandem with the release of “Stay.” “It wasn’t something I thought about doing until recently. When we were talking about the video and making it more provocative, the question was where and how we would make the more adult edit available to people.”
Members of Colton Ford’s OnlyFans page will have access to content they won’t get anywhere else including brand new and never before released images, collaborations with other OnlyFans creators, a vlog where Colton talks about the issues of the day, and, of course, the OnlyFans explicit edit of the “Stay” video.
Colton Ford is 58 years old but doesn’t subscribe to the notion that men in their fifties should stop embracing their sexuality. “I am an artist and an exhibitionist. I enjoy taking chances and pursuing my dreams, and I’m entitled to it all! Too many of us don’t live the life we truly want, because we are too concerned about the judgments of others. I’m going to talk about that on my OnlyFans vlog: how I’ve navigated these things and continue to live the way that I want to live and express myself the way that I want. Let the haters and naysayers try and get in my way!”
Colton Ford was signed to Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter Denise Rich's production company, MIDE Productions, and had two deals with Virgin in the '90's, the first of which had him paired up with the Godfather of House Music, Frankie Knuckles. He’s released four full-length albums, Tug of War, Under the Covers, The Way I Am, and Glenn Soukesian; two EPs, Next Chapter and Unity; and numerous Billboard charting singles. His collaborators include Frankie Knuckles, Chris Willis (David Guetta), Nervo (Kelly Rowlands, Kesha, Britney Spears), Wawa (Kylie Minogue), Redtop (Beyoncé, Taio Cruz), Larry Peace (Prince) and Erik Griggs (Jordan Sparks, Chris Brown) to name just a few, as well as his current creative partners, Ron and Spin. He’s had several hit singles and videos, including the Billboard charting releases “The Way You Love Me,” “That’s Me,” “Losing My Religion,” “Let Me Live Again,” and “Signed, Sealed, De- livered” with dance diva Pepper Mashay. He was also a featured singer on Chris Reece and Mischa Daniels’s 2010 albums on Armada Music (The Divine Circle and Where You Wanna Go, respectively), writing the toplines for “Tonight” and “The Story.”
Colton was also named in AfterElton's Top 50 Gay Male Musicians, he was featured in Cyndi Lauper’s video for her hit “Into the Nightlife,” and also performed on the Lauper-helmed 2008 True Colors Tour. He was the subject of the acclaimed 2003 documentary, Naked Fame, and has been featured in the films Another Gay Sequel and John Schlesinger’s The Next Best Thing starring Madonna and Rupert Everett. Glenn co-starred for three seasons playing Sheriff Trout on Here! TV’s The Lair and was also a featured panelist on the channel’s resident chat fest, Threesome. He made his off-Broadway debut in 2012 co-starring in Little House on the Ferry, and also co-starred in Studio C’s Production of Howard David Rivers’ critically acclaimed play, And All the Dead, Lie Down, in Hollywood California, 2018.
In 2019, Ford began a collaboration with Ron Schrader and Spin Sista to develop material for Ford, but also to collaborate with and develop material for other artists. Collectively, they are known as Woop Woop Productions. “Stay” follows Ford’s anthemic EP by Woop Woop Productions, “Unity,” also available on all digital platforms.