Today, innovative artist and funk guitarist Cory Wong released another moving instrumental video for “Home” feat. famed musician and bandleader Jon Batiste. The track is featured on Cory’s third studio album, Motivational Music for the Syncopated Soul, set for release August 2nd. Cory’s vision for the album took shape at four different sessions over the course of the year across New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles, and he teamed up with some exciting guest artists including Jon Batiste, Tom Misch, Emily Browning (and more) to bring things to life. “I’m a Minneapolis cat, so I needed it to be a fast, high-energy funk banger,” he goes on to describe “Lyrically, it’s about how we blame things for limitations on our lives. In my experience, I’ve realized we get in our own way. We play mental games and think we’re in a limited world, but it’s all in our heads.” “For me, it’s about the listener’s experience.” Cory explains. “I want them to have a visceral response like: ‘I feel better,’ ‘That was really fun,’ or ‘I got to escape for an hour.’ You’ll hear my voice through the guitar, but I’m just a hype man. To uplift audiences with instrumental music that has no singing or lyrics is a fun challenge. I’m trying to solve the riddle. If I can get one person to feel good this way, it’s a success. So, I’m giving you Motivational Music for the Syncopated Soul.” The two will be team up again when Cory sits in with Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert led by Jon Batiste on July 29th– August 1st!
Cory Wong said of building the song “Even though a lot of my music is instrumental, I try to tell a story or cast an image with the music. This one is a story of a father-daughter relationship. I was thinking about my role as a dad in my kids’ lives and how our conversations and life lessons will adapt and change quite drastically as we move into different seasons and phases of life’s journey. The guitar is the role of the father, who has scripted melodies and messages that stay consistent to drive home a foundation of lessons and encouragement. The piano is the role of the daughter (or son) who starts the song off with its beauty and mystery of birth, receiving the messages of the father and weaving in and through that conversation.”
He has previously released 2 other tracks from the upcoming album, “Limited World” feat. Caleb Hawley and “Cosmic Sans” feat. Tom Misch. Cory recently announced three special performances with the world-renowned Metropole Orkest. Slinging a Stratocaster and packing on the “dad jokes,” Cory Wong has fashioned himself as a true versatile performer and hype man. The producer, composer, arranger, and collaborator is well-known worldwide for selling out shows worldwide. When he’s not touring his solo project, you can see him performing on stages like Madison Square Garden with his other project Vulfpeck. You can follow Cory Wong and stay up-to-date with all upcoming artist, music and tour news, as well as stream and purchase his music, via the following links: