Colton Ford: Porn Star Turned Pop Star

Silver daddy muscle-god Colton Ford has just released his first full-length music album in nearly four years.  “The Way I Am,” featuring Chris Willis and Ultra Naté, was released last week and is now available on iTunes.  It includes Colton’s single “Let Me Live Again,” which hit #2 on Billboard earlier this year. We had the opportunity of sitting down with the adult film star turned recording artist to find out more about his career change, the new album and what it was like working with Madonna.

Obviously, the media (us included) will ask you from time to time to relive your history in adult entertainment. Has it been difficult to shake this history of adult films while trying to pursue your musical career? Or do you find that it was a stepping stone for you?

Well it isn’t something that I ever thought I was going to be able to shake, but I guess it does surprise me from time to time that some people still give it so much attention and weight. It’s there for those who are interested, and the people who aren’t don’t have to bother with it. Simple. It did help me create “Colton Ford” and secure a fan base that I’ve been able to capitalize on and grow from. It is one of those things that’s still a curiosity, and I’ve taken advantage of that as best I could.

 

What made you want to pursue a career in adult entertainment?

It was never something I pursued. It just happened. My partner at the time was a big porn star, Blake Harper, and the opportunity was presented to me to do a scene with him. I was 39, my major label days were a thing of the past due to my age, and I was in a place in my life where I was feeling a sense of freedom and exploration. It was an adventure and that’s how I looked at it. The way it unfolded was not something I planned for.

 

Now on the flip side, what made you want to pursue a career in music?

I’ve been singing and performing all of my life. It’s just been something that I’ve always done. When I got out of high school, while I was going to college, I was performing, recording, acting, doing jingle work. I stopped school after 2 years and focused my attention and energy on a career in music and entertainment.

 

What was the transition like going from adult entertainer to recording artist? They’re both performances, so to speak, so I’m sure it’s all in the same realm…but was it a difficult change to make?

Well there was never a transition in my mind. I had been in the music biz since I got out of high school, writing and performing music all over the place. I had a 10-month period where I did adult films, but during that time I was still creating music as I always had. The only change for me was that I added a very unique performance experience onto my resume.

 

 

What’s your favorite thing about recording and being in the studio?

The whole process really. From getting a track and coming up with a topline (lyrics and melody), to recording the vocals, to getting it mixed and released and then creating something visual in the way of a music video! Very cool to create all that from nothing and watch it evolve and unfold. And I love the whole collaborative experience! The only part of the process that I don’t necessarily like, but deal with (as do all recording artists), is the time it takes to get a finished product released. It feels like forever. You have to be patient with the process or you’ll go crazy!!

 

On a side note, you’ve done your share of non-pornographic films. What was it like working with Madonna and Rupert Everett in, “The Next Big Thing?”

They were both very cool and kind to me. We hung out and chatted about a bunch of stuff. It was fun!

 

I read that you performed with Cyndi Lauper. What was that like? Ít’s every gay man’s dream.

Amazing! I was featured in her video for “Into the Nightlife” and then opened up her True Colors Tour in select cities. It was all that and a bag o’ chips, and she was everything I thought she would be! Sweet, kind, generous, with a limitless amount of energy!! She’s the real deal.

 

What can fans expect from your new album?

A complete musical journey from beginning to end, covering a wide variety of musical genres. Electronica, pop, house, r&b, jazz and funk. Even two ballads! All the stuff that gets me going. And my collaborators are some of the hottest cats in the biz: WAWA, Nervo, Chris Willis, Ultra Nate, Redtop, Chris Castagno, Count De Money, Razor N Guido, Fagault & Marina, Ray Isaac and Ron Schrader. Yup.  Think that’s everyone!

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