Cory Wong Announces Release of Third Studio Album, “Motivational Music for the Syncopated Soul” out August 2nd

Innovative artist and popular funk guitarist Cory Wong has announced the release of his third studio album, Motivational Music for the Syncopated Soul.The collection is set for release August 2nd.Cory is most well known as a member of the fast-rising funk band Vulfpeck.

Backed by energetic horns and his signature groove, “Limited World” starts Cory Wong’s third studio album off on a high note. “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.”

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. “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.”

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. The guitarist has also made numerous appearances joining Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert led by Jon Batiste. Fans can tune in to catch him on the show July 29th- August 1st! When he’s not touring his solo project, you can catch him performing on stages like Madison Square Garden with his other project Vulfpeck.

Upcoming tour dates can be found below. Stay tuned for more exciting news and music in the coming weeks!


June 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
July 6 – Turin, NY – Moe.down
July 13-14 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek *
July 19 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ The String Cheese Incident
July 26 – Scranton, PA – The Peach Music Festival
August 2 – Thornville, OH – The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival
August 10 – Chicago, IL – The Lakefront Green w/ Umphrey’s McGee
August 24 – Arrington, VA – Lockn *
September 21 – Richmond, VA – Stone’s Throw Down in RVA
September 28 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden *
October 24 – Placerville, CA – Hangtown Music Festival
January 7 – Miami, FL – Jam Cruise 18* with Vulfpeck