Colton Ford is the stage name of New Yorker Glenn Soukesian, a singer/songwriter who found instant gay porn stardom as a salt-n-pepper muscle daddy at the age of 39 after years of obscurity and then switched back to become a musician and actor at 40. His recent cover of REM‘s well known hit Losing My Religion has ben making the circuit and I thought that he’s make a great Legendary Stud of Yore…
He is the subject of Christopher Long‘s documentary Naked Fame, following Colton and his life partner, fellow adult film star Blake Harper, as Colton moves from the film studio to the music recording studio.
As others before him, Ford has found that it is not easy to transition from gay porn stardom into a mainstream career in entertainment.
His efforts thus far have been met with mixed critical reception. To quote critic Jake Bradford of QueerOpinion: “Though Colton Ford is a half-decent singer and has a definite presence on screen, it seems that his range is limited to soap opera acting, vocoder-heavy dance music and videos that expose his flesh to within an inch of his genitals.”
Despite his protestations, Ford’s post-porn acting has heavily leaned towards the sexually explicit. His music videos frequently feature him nearly nude; in one case, the setting of the video is at a glory hole. His limited acting appearances have been in a simulated sex scene (including one with fellow singer Chris Willis), as “Butch Hunk” in the film Another Gay Sequel, and in the non-sexual role of Sheriff Trout on the sexually charged gay soap opera The Lair.
What most don’t know is that Ford has been in the music industry for 27 years, but only spend 10 months making gay porn. So although he is commonly referred to as pornstar-turned-musician, he is actually a musician-turned-pornstar-turned-musician. After High school, he landed a gig in a dinner theater nightclub where they had six singers a night perform musicals and contemporary music. After that, he proved he’s a music veteren by joining a jazz quartet that opened for Wayland Flowers and Madame and David Brenner. Alas, his attempts to make it big were fruitless as a number of potential career-making breaks fell through.
A direct quote from Colton Ford on how he got into gay porn…
Colton: “I was dating Blake Harper who was at the top of his game in the porn world. I had done some nude modeling up to that point and we were both going out to Palm Springs. He was going out to film a scene and I was going out to pose for Jeff Palmer for a calendar. Blake’s scene partner couldn’t get out to Palm Springs because it was shortly after September 11 and he could not get out here from New York, so Blake asked if I wanted to do it. At the time I was in a corporate job and I was not happy. I was bored and stagnant musically, nothing was going on so I thought what the hell. I was thirty-nine years old and it afforded me the opportunity to leave corporate America and create Colton Ford that I could draw attention to. I had tried it all the traditional ways and I didn’t get what I needed at the end of the day so I figured hey, I might as well experience the insanity and see if I could create something in the process that might do something. So I went for it.”
Aspiring to become a Club/Dance and House music singer-songwriter, as well as an actor, he has released several singles and landed a few acting roles in gay productions. His singles include: "Everything," a cover of REM’s "Losing My Religion" and a cover of Stevie Wonder‘s "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours". On which he collaborated with Club/Dance singer-songwriter Pepper Mashay. The song peaked at #9 on the Hot Dance Club Play and #25 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales charts.
For a 10 month career, he managed to build up a respectable filmography.
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