Cory Henry

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Cory Henry
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Background information
Birth nameCory Alexander Henry
Born (1987-02-27) February 27, 1987 (age 33)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresR&B/Soul, Jazz, gospel, jazz-funk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, music producer
Instrumentspiano, organ, keyboards, vocals, harpejji, drums
Years active2006–present
LabelsIndependent, Culture Collective Records
Associated actsSnarky Puppy, Jacob Collier
Websitecoryhenrymusic.com

Cory Alexander Henry (born February 27, 1987) is an American R&B/Soul singer-songwriter, pianist, organist, and music producer. A former member of Snarky Puppy, Henry launched his solo artist career with Art of Love, his first independent release. On October 30, 2020, He released his sophomore full-length project called "Something to Say" through Culture Collective.

Henry was selected by Quincy Jones to headline his curated “Soundtrack of America” series opening of The Shed in NYC.[1]

Early life[edit]

Henry was born in Brooklyn, New York,[2] where he was playing both the piano and B3 organ at just two years old. Only five years old, they already called him "Master Henry" for his ability to accompany any song in any key on the Hammond Organ. He played a show at the Apollo Theater when he was six.[3][4]

Music career[edit]

His musical touring began in 2006, and he has since toured with many mainstream artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, P. Diddy, Boyz II Men, Kenny Garrett, and The Roots, and gospel artists, among them Israel Houghton, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, and Yolanda Adams.[3]

He released his album First Steps on July 21, 2014, with Wild Willis Jones Records. The album charted on the Billboard charts and placed on the Top Jazz Albums and Top Heatseekers Albums, peaking at numbers five and 30, respectively.[5][6] His second album, a live recording, The Revival, was released on March 18, 2016, by GroundUp Music.[7] The album charted on the Top Gospel Albums and Top Jazz Albums, where it peaked at number five and number two[8][9] respectively.

On April 13, 2018, Henry released his debut single "Trade It All" with his band The Funk Apostles.[10] Three months later, on July 13, 2018, Cory released "Art of Love", his first album with The Funk Apostles.[11]

In October, 2019, Henry taught a songwriting workshop at Brown University as part of the Brown Arts Initiative.[12]

In 2018, Henry left Snarky Puppy to launch his solo career with his first independent project Art of Love. On October 31, 2020, Henry released his sophomore full-length record called "Something to Say."

Discography[edit]

List of selected albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
Gos
US
Jazz
US
Heat
First Steps 5[5] 30[6]
The Revival 5[8] 2[9]
Art of Love
Something to Say

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shed, The. "The Shed, Soundtrack to America Curated by Quincy Jones". The Shed.
  2. ^ Ragman. "Cory Henry biography". Ragman. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Leggett, Steve. "Cory Henry : Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Incollingo, Joe (February 25, 2016). "Snarky Puppy's Cory Henry on five organ essentials". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Billboard (August 9, 2014). "Cory Henry - Chart history (Top Jazz Albums)". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Billboard (August 9, 2014). "Cory Henry - Chart history (Top Heatseekers Albums)". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  7. ^ Schultz, Barbara (March 18, 2016). "Album Review: Cory Henry - "The Revival"". Keyboard. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Billboard (April 9, 2016). "Cory Henry - Chart history (Top Gospel Albums)". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Billboard (April 9, 2016). "Cory Henry - Chart history (Top Jazz Albums)". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  10. ^ "Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles Release Debut Studio Track [Listen]". L4LM. April 13, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Art of Love by Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, retrieved February 13, 2019
  12. ^ Ok, Katherine (October 15, 2019). "Pianist Cory Henry visits University for songwriting workshop". Brown Daily Herald. Retrieved January 9, 2020.

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