Corey Johnson has been a guiding force behind some of the biggest success stories from the UK commercial and underground community, steadily developing and nurturing their growth and driving the expansion into the mainstream for the last two decades. A career encompassing music, acting, business creation and development, brand building and youth work including establishing several media companies who work alongside each other to make his first creative hub known as Digital Holdings Empire. Corey, a man of many talents is driven by his experiences growing up in Brixton, South London and his passion for entertainment but also for supporting young people who aspire to share their talents no matter their personal circumstance, the area they come from or educational attainments.Read more »
Having first embarked on his career in entertainment at the tender age of 10, he was signed to Universal as part of the group ‘New Frontier’ where he developed his passion for music including recording, embarking on a national tour and various TV appearances such as Normski's "Dance Energy" and Timmy Mallets “Mallets Mallet”. After the group disbanded Corey moved on to event promotion after leaving school which saw him invest in various Garage and Urban club nights both in the UK and internationally including the infamous ‘License to Rave ‘which propelled him into concert promotion and high-end parties including high profile guests such as US rappers Eve, The Lox and Rah Digga. He also hosted and twisted the launch party for UK Urban magazine RWD Mag.
After his endeavour into events, Corey chose to pick up the mic once again and began rapping under Defenders LOS, a label he set up with the support of Jenny Francis, Lady of Soul Choice FM’s (Now Capital Xtra). Label mates/artists included the legendary Blade Brown, Lady fury and Stormin MC. Corey not only had a thriving music career but moved into acting which led to him having a vested interest and lead single on the soundtrack for and starring in the UK film ‘Rolling With The Nines’ which he also helped produce, one of the first films based on the lives of the black urban community in Britain.
Although he continued performing and appeared in further acting roles, he took over a studio which he renamed and restructured in January 2006 and by mid-2007 after developing a keen interest in being on the other side of the camera, being behind the artist and began moving away from performing instead focusing on management, the entertainment ‘Business’ and production. That same year he also established independent youth charity Community Youth London — CYL an organisation that supports and encourages but most importantly allows young people to lead creative projects, undertake accredited media courses and makes learning fun. His creative hub The Digital Holdings Empire, a one-stop shop housing all his ventures today consists of a production company, marketing agency, design company, media platforms, print magazine, publishing house and a creative solutions company all which feed Corey’s passion of working with young people.
For many years Corey has given opportunities to those who may have been overlooked for having a lack of experience or knowledge despite having amazing talent and enthusiasm. He firmly believes through the provision of the right atmosphere, opportunity and careful guidance anyone’s potential can flourish and this can change people’s lives Talent which has benefited from, been developed by or launched from his groundwork, investment and generosity include: Tinie Tempah, Headie One, Swarmz, SL, Kyla, Stefflon don, Smoke Boyz, Jessie J, Stylo G, Crazy Cousinz, Omo Frenchie, Fuse ODG, AJ and Deno,
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