Courtney Wong was born and raised in New York City with a ton of love and music. Like many Asian kids, she took piano lessons as a child and absolutely hated it. Thankfully, her mother heeded this protest and allowed her to quit at the age of 10! Her love of music, however, persisted in other pursuits. She played flute for 9 years, and spent summers studying flute and voice at the Manhattan School of Music and Manhattan Arts Institute. While taking an AP Music Theory course (mostly out of curiosity) in high school, Courtney decided that she missed playing the piano far too much and began taking lessons again. She also picked up her dad’s 20-year-old Ovation and began to play and write a few rather painfully cheesy love songs on the guitar.
At Columbia University, Courtney served on the worship team and as the worship leader for Columbia’s chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 4 years. Following the most taxing crisis/drama of her life (facetiously but yes, a breakup), she refocused herself on God and was blessed with immense spiritual growth, passion, and creativity. It was at this time that she began writing songs about the greatest love of her life—her love for the Lord and desire to be wholeheartedly committed to Him. She majored in Music-Psychology—initially interested in the songwriting and performing aspects of music therapy, but later realized that music therapy was not the career for her.
Since graduating in May 2009, Courtney has worked in fields mostly unrelated to her major at The Walt Disney Company, Sesame Workshop and CBS. She kept up her “singer/songwriter” status by performing at as many weddings, shows, coffeehouses, etc. as possible while working. However, she recently left her full-time job to pursue a singer/songwriter/worship leader career! Courtney is also devoted to New York City Urban Project as a NYCUP Artist--working to bring awareness to and combat the issues of urban poverty and suffering through worship and her original music.
NYCUP Artist Courtney Wong releases her 7th video in her anti-human trafficking youtube series! Deirdre Mars: Beyond Fair Trade Durability, Part 1 World of Good on eBay Eco Fashion World Worldstock Fair Trade on Overstock Featuring my original song: Taking a Stand Please subscribe to my channel & check back next month! [...]Read More
Thanks to her commitment to launch a monthly anti-human trafficking video series with NYCUP LoGOFF, Courtney has been featured by MTV! Check out the article here!Read More
NYCUP Artist Courtney Wong releases her 5th stopmotion video in her anti-slavery youtube series. This month, we’re discovering how children in Cote d’Ivoire are impacted by our demand for chocolate–just in time to respond by how we make our Valentine’s Day chocolate purchases! Slave- and Child-Labor Free Chocolate Fair Trade Valentine’s Day Gift [...]Read More
I believe unforgiveness is one of the heaviest burdens we can carry consistently. We may still be able to serve God in different capacities. Heck, we may even still feel pretty great most of the time. But for at least some of that time, we are robbing ourselves of experiencing the Lord’s freedom and [...]Read More
Calling Out to You: Responding to Haiti by Courtney Wong, Singer/Songwriter, InterVarsity’s NYC Urban Project Artist “Ça fait mal” (It hurts). Those are the words that a small boy repeated over and over again to my friend Gabby, as she comforted him through the night after a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on [...]Read More
All January 2012 proceeds from “Calling Out to You (Pour L’Haiti)” will be donated to World Vision for Haiti relief efforts! Buy it TODAY! iTunes CD Baby List of top-rated organizations (by American Institute of Philanthropy) involved in Haiti relief efforts Please subscribe to my channel & check back in 2 weeks! This [...]Read More
2 years ago today, a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, claiming tens of thousands of lives and rendering hundreds of thousands more injured and homeless. Haiti is STILL being rebuilt and restored today. Here are 2 ways NYCUP staff have responded: COURTNEY WONG, NYCUP ARTIST released a guitar version of her original song of response [...]Read More
Watch & SHARE this video for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month! Human Trafficking in YOUR neighborhood? If you believe you may be a victim of human trafficking or have information about a potential trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888 Or you can report a tip online here [...]Read More