Hunky Colton Ford won’t apologize for his porn past as he parlays his fame into a budding music career
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The last thing you ever expect to talk to Colton Ford about is astronomy. Mention the newly discovered ring around Saturn and Ford dives into a reverie about the vastness of space, philosophizing on man’s small place in it.
"Initially, I wanted a career in astronomy. I love science and math as well as entertainment. I think the whole idea of the universe is absolutely fascinating and completely opens me up beyond this whole religious world," he says.
This from a man who minutes before talked about swinging his dick for the camera.
"I’m provocative by nature. I like expressing that part of myself," he says.
Ford is to gay porn muscle-daddies what Meryl Streep is to mainstream movie actresses: Arguably there are better, but why bother arguing? His rugged looks are swoon-worthy, from the square jaw, subtle snarl and salt-and-pepper mane. He’s built like a comic-book superhero, with beef that’s cut but not freakishly ‘roided out.
Although Ford was built for porn superstardom, today he takes the position "been there, done that." Now his sights are set on steaming up the music industry. In a genre dominated by twentysomething sex kittens and smoothed out American Idols, Ford, at 47, gives a whole new face to dance music — which is all right with him.
"If I’m wrapped up in what people think of me, I wouldn’t have the experiences behind me that I do. I got what I needed from porn. Now I’m pursuing something that is more important to me. This album was a fun process and I get to do what I love to do and that’s sing," he says.
Ford released his second full-length CD, Under the Covers, in September. The collection of covers runs the gamut from Nirvana’s alt-rock classic "Lithium" to Babyface’s R&B hit "It’s No Crime." With 18 tracks (some interludes), Ford both likes the songs he selected and thinks they showcase his singing prowess.
"We thought this would be a good interim album between original material. I wanted to capture the integrity of the originals that made it resonate but bring my own spirit and vibe to it," he says.
Covers is suited for the dance floor crowd even as Ford considers himself a more rhythm-and-blues guy. He cites Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight among his influences and even has roots in jazz. But he does admit going gay for one diva way out of the R&B box.
"Being the true homosexual I am, I have to throw in Olivia Newton-John. She did some amazing vocal stuff and can still sing her shit, unlike some of today’s divas. She is a complete package," he says.
This isn’t Ford’s first time at the music-fame rodeo. He was on the cusp of stardom when Virgin Records offered him a solo album after he was confirmed as the featured vocalist on DJ Frankie Knuckles’ 1995 release, Welcome to the Real World. Adeva eventually replaced Ford and subsequently, he never saw a solo album manifest. This derailed him into a corporate gig, which in turn led to his other career path.
"That was sucking the life out of me. My partner at the time was [porn star] Blake Harper and I fantasized about making a movie with him. What did I have to lose? I wasn’t gonna run for president. I went into it without expectation and did it for about 10 months," he says.
Despite the career tangent, he still gigged with music, ultimately making his way back to the recording studio when he co-wrote songs with producer Quentin Harris and released Tug of War in 2008. He re-teamed with Harris for Covers, and with it, Ford may prove to be a very out artist who is much more than a "former porn star." He plans on staying that way, too.
"I wouldn’t want anyone to follow my footsteps because it may not be the right path for them. Perhaps they can be inspired by my journey. I think people want to feel something authentically and organically and hopefully what I’m doing translates that. Now, if they pay me millions, I might come back," he laughs.
While Ford could have easily become a space geek, he has no qualms about being remembered as an actor … or a porn star … or a musician. It all works.
"I hope people walk away saying I did my own thing and that I didn’t let social norms dictate what was good for me — and a fabulous musician," he says, although he does feel a bit of a double standard when mainstream artists grind their way to superstardom.
"I’m not trying to distance myself from anything," Ford says. "I think we look at celebrities for inspiration, but they do stuff that would be deemed very pornographic. ‘Britney, we all know what your pussy looks like, girl!’"
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 30, 2009.