Stephen Baldwin Makes Directorial Debut With Cory Lamb Music Video
By Dave Steinfeld Posted Mar 14th 2011 11:30AM
Stephen Baldwin wears many hats: actor, author, reality show contestant, devout Christian and youngest brother of Alec Baldwin, to name a few. Today, he will add the title "music video director" to his resume. Baldwin has made his directorial debut on the clip for 'Break the Cycle,' the infectious new song by Arkansas-based pop singer Cory Lamb. The track, which will be included on Lamb's forthcoming album, has a distinct '80s sound to it while the accompanying video finds the singer wearing leather, studs and an intense expression. This can be a bit deceiving, though; when I speak to him on the phone, Lamb is not only personable but downright polite. He is also a devout Christian. That's one of the things he shares with Stephen Baldwin, the other being their PR firm.
Baldwin and Lamb shot the video for 'Break the Cycle' at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Students from the university's Torchlight film program worked not only in front of the camera but behind it. Both Baldwin and Lamb have nothing but kind words for the student body -- in particular the guy who worked as the director of photography on the clip. "Patrick Nissim is his name," says Baldwin. "This kid had a show reel that was as good as any of the stuff on MTV right now." Lamb adds, "I was very lucky to get to work with [Patrick]." As for Baldwin himself, Lamb tells me, "Working with somebody that has that much of a track record was amazing. And he's not just an amazing director. He's a great guy."
It may surprise some people that two devout Christians would make a video for a forceful song with prominent synthesizers. But many of their favorite musicians are folks from the '70s and '80s. Baldwin cites KISS and The Who as some of his favorite bands -- but also '80s mainstays like Devo and Simple Minds. "New Wave was the music I thought was the most interesting and fun because at the age that I first started to experience it, it was a new genre," he reveals. "So for me it was fascinating." As for Lamb, in addition to fellow Arkansas-native Johnny Cash, his influences include Boston, Def Leppard and especially Journey. When I mention to him that I recently interviewed Tommy Shaw of Styx, he quickly replies, "'Mr. Roboto'? Great song!"
Though 'Break the Cycle' may boast an '80s influence musically, the message is more traditionally Christian -- not surprising given the singer's beliefs. Lamb explains, "When I went in [the studio], I had no idea what I was gonna write about. We sat down and I just started thinking about how our world is so dark and negative ... And you know, me being a Christian, we strive to live in the world, not of it. So that song is about breaking the cycle -- becoming what God wants us to be and not what the world wants us to be." Interestingly, after spending some time living in LA, Lamb decided that the City of Angels wasn't for him and moved back to Arkansas -- an unusual choice for a potential pop star. He says, "LA County has more people than my whole state! I just really wanted to [return to] my roots and find the real music that was inside me. [Arkansas is] a really relaxing place, and it's beautiful on top of that. It's my home."
What's next for this pair? Lamb hopes to release his new album sometime in 2011 and looks forward to touring behind it. As for Baldwin, he's working on a screen project based on the book 'A Fire Out of Georgia,' which deals with The Grand Ole Opry, Thomas Ryman and the legendary 19th century pastor and rabble-rouser Sam Jones. Baldwin also remains a devoted family man; he celebrates his 21st wedding anniversary in June. Twice during our conversation, he puts me on hold -- once to take a call from his wife and the other time to take a call from one of his three older brothers. "[That] was one of my siblings who I'm late to meet who was being quite expressive," Baldwin offers with a laugh. "I can't say specifically which brother, but I'll just say this: Sometimes he acts a lot like his character 'Jack.'"
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