Cory Asbury

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Cory Asbury
Cory Asbury performing at Microsoft Theatre in 2017.jpg
Cory Asbury performing at the Microsoft Theater in 2017.
Background information
Birth nameCory Hunter Asbury
Born (1985-10-15) October 15, 1985 (age 33)
Fort Lauderdale, FL, U.S.
OriginKansas City, Missouri
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitebethelmusic.com/artists/cory-asbury

Cory Hunter Asbury is an American Christian musician, worship pastor and songwriter. He serves as a worship pastor at Radiant Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan and is a member of the Bethel Music collective.

Starting out as an intern with the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri in 2005, Asbury's career as a musician proliferated as he collaborated with Matt Gilman leading to the release of Holy in 2008, followed by his debut solo album titled Let Me See Your Eyes in 2009 through Forerunner Music as well as making numerous appearances on IHOPKC albums,[1][2] with songs such as "Where I Belong", "Shekinah", "All Is for Your Glory" and "Holy Ghost Party". In June 2012, Cory Asbury had moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to join New Life Church where he began serving as an associate worship pastor, thus becoming a member of its ensembles, New Life Worship and Desperation Band.

After signing with Bethel Music in 2015, Asbury went on to make his debut feature with the Collective on Have It All (2016). Asbury became prominent with the release of "Reckless Love" in late 2017, a hit single that preceded his breakthrough second full-length album, also titled Reckless Love, in early 2018 which was a commercially successful release, having charted in the United States and internationally. Reckless Love was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in the 2019 Grammy Awards.

Early life[edit]

Cory Asbury was born on October 15, 1985.[3] Asbury shared that music has impacted him profoundly from childhood and developed his songwriting ability growing up in North Carolina.[2][3] Cory Asbury began leading worship at his local church in North Carolina at seventeen years.[1][2] Upon finishing his high school education at Franklin High School in 2004, Asbury had considered studying at UNC Chapel Hill, but was persuaded by friends who had graduated from the Onething internship with International House of Prayer (IHOPKC) in Kansas City, Missouri to do the same.[1] Asbury began his internship at IHOPKC on January 1, 2005.[3]

Music and ministry career[edit]

Holy, Let Me See Your Eyes and IHOPKC releases (2005–2012)[edit]

Cory Asbury began his career during his seven-year stay in Kansas City, Missouri with the International House of Prayer, starting out in the Onething internship program. He made his first appearance on an IHOPKC compilation titled Immersed, released in December 2007 alongside several artists including Misty Edwards and David Brymer.[4] Forerunner Music then released Holy, a collaboration by Asbury alongside Matt Gilman, on July 10, 2008.[5] The album consists of twelve tracks with Asbury and Gilman performing six each.[6]

On September 1, 2009, Asbury released his solo debut album with Forerunner Music, called Let Me See Your Eyes which included appearances by Jaye Thomas, Edwin Botero and Nathan Prior.[7] Produced by Seth Yates,[8] Let Me See Your Eyes is an indie pop collection which also incorporated various musical styles including soul, rap and electro.[7] The song "My Beloved", which featured Jaye Thomas, had been released as Asbury's first single from the album in July 2009.[9]

In 2010, Asbury was featured on two IHOPKC albums, Where I Belong by Onething Live and Joy by Forerunner Music alongside Jaye Thomas and Laura Hackett Park, on both releases. The song "Shekinah", which Asbury performed live with Jaye Thomas and was released as a part of Joy in November,[10] became their first Billboard chart entry, as it peaked at No. 11 on the Gospel Digital Song Sales chart.[11][12] Released in 2011, Asbury appeared on Before His Eyes by Onething Live, performing "Reason to Dance".[13]

On July 24, 2012, Onething Live released its third live album, Magnificent Obsession, with Asbury featuring on "All Is for Your Glory" and "Never Gonna Leave Me Dry".[14] This album was Onething Live's breakthrough release, with the album making its debut on Billboard's Christian Albums chart at No. 17,[15] and on Heatseekers Albums chart at No 10,[16] credited as IHOPKC Worship.

New Life Church, Bethel Music signing and Radiant Church (2012–2016)[edit]

After spending seven years at the International House of Prayer, Cory Asbury and his family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to join New Life Church where he assumed the role of associate worship pastor on June 1, 2012.[3] He led worship on Sunday morning and the Sunday night services as well as the Desperation Student Ministries on Wednesdays.[3] On August 13, 2013, New Life Worship released Strong God, an album recorded live at New Life Church through Integrity Music,[17][18] with Asbury singing "All to Him" and "Ascribe".[19] Strong God peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart,[20] and at No. 165 on the Billboard 200.[21] Asbury also co-wrote "Fun" with Jon Egan and Jason Ingram for Desperation Band's live album, Banner (2014).[22]

In May 2015, Cory Asbury was signed by Bethel Music and became a part of its Artist Collective.[23][24] On March 11, 2016, Bethel Music then released its eighth live album dubbed Have It All,[25] with Asbury lending his vocals to the song "Son of God", his first feature for Bethel.[26] Have It All started at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart in its opening week with 25,000 copies sold, peaking at No. 12 on the Billboard 200.[25][27] He has toured with Bethel Music and has also led worship at the Heaven Come Conference, an annual Bethel Music event launched in 2016. During his tenure there, he led worship during certain services organized at Bethel Church, the home base of Bethel Music in Redding, California.

In December 2016, Asbury moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan where he began serving as a worship pastor at Radiant Church.[23]

Reckless Love (2017-present)[edit]

On October 27, 2017, Cory Asbury released his second career single, "Reckless Love", in the lead up to the issue of his second solo effort.[28] As the song grew in popularity and achieving commercial success while getting radio airplay weeks prior to its impact date,[29] his third album of the same name, Reckless Love was released on January 26, 2018 via Bethel Music.[30] The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart with 11,000 equivalent album units sold in its first week,[31] while landing at No. 53 on the all-encompassing Billboard 200 chart for the best-selling releases in the United States.[32] The title track broke into the top ten of Hot Christian Songs as well, landing at No. 7 due to massive gains in streaming and radio airplay.[31] Asbury also peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart.[33] Reckless Love also broke through internationally as it topped the Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart in the United Kingdom,[34] and peaked at No. 69 and 73 on the Australian ARIA Albums chart and the Schweizer Hitparade of Switzerland respectively.[35][36] The song went on to top multiple Christian radio charts. It reached No. 1 on the Christian Songs chart, staying there for eighteen weeks.[37] The song also peaked at No. 3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. It was nominated for the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.[38]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[39]
US
Christ.

[40]
US
Digi.

[41]
US
Indie

[42]
UK
C&G
AUS
[43]
NZ Heat
[44]
SWI
[45]
Holy
Let Me See Your Eyes
  • Solo debut
  • Released: September 1, 2009
  • Label: Forerunner Music
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
Reckless Love
  • Released: January 26, 2018
  • Label: Bethel Music
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming
53 1 5 4 1[46] 69 7 73

Singles[edit]

List of singles and peak chart positions
Single Year Peak chart positions Album
US Bubbling
[47]
US
Christ

[48]
US
Christ Air.

[49]
US Christ Digital
[50]
US Christ Stream.
[51]
"My Beloved"
(featuring Jaye Thomas)
2009 Let Me See Your Eyes
"Reckless Love" 2017 3 1
[52]
1 1 1 Reckless Love

Other charted songs[edit]

List of singles and peak chart positions
Title Year Peak
positions
Album
US
Christ

[48]
"Water and Dust" 2018 38 Reckless Love
"Endless Alleluia" 34

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album Ref.
2007 "Shine on Us" Immersed
(compilation)
[53]
"Lift Him Up"
"Awaken Us"
2008 "I Want To Be With You” Limited Edition, Vol. 20
(compilation)
[54]
2009 "Jesus, Beautiful Savior" Limited Edition, Vol. 22
(compilation)
[55]
"Where I Belong" Unceasing: 10 Years of Night & Day Worship
(compilation)
[56][57]
2010 "Where I Belong"
(Onething Live & Cory Asbury)
Where I Belong or onething 09 Live [58]
"My Beloved"
(Onething Live, Cory Asbury & Jaye Thomas)
"Reason to Dance"
(Onething Live, Cory Asbury & Jaye Thomas)
"Whom the Son Sets Free"
(Onething Live, Cory Asbury & Laura Hackett Park)
"No One Else"
(Onething Live, Cory Asbury & Laura Hackett Park)
"He's Alive"
(Forerunner Music, Cory Asbury & Laura Hackett Park)
Joy [59]
"Holy Ghost Party"
(Forerunner Music & Cory Asbury)
"Shekinah"
(Forerunner Music, Jaye Thomas & Cory Asbury)
2011 "Lost for Words" (feat. Cory Asbury)
(Angela Krüsi)
Lost for Words [60]
"Reason to Dance"
(Onething Live & Cory Asbury)
Before His Eyes [61]
2012 "Blessed Are Those"
(Cory Asbury featuring Jaye Thomas)
Limited Edition: The Best Of The Prayer Room
Live, Vol. 40: December 2011/January 2012

(compilation)
[62][63]
"All Is for Your Glory"
(Onething Live & Cory Asbury)
Magnificent Obsession [14][64]
"Never Gonna Leave Me Dry"
(Onething Live & Cory Asbury)
2013 "All to Him" (featuring Cory Asbury)
New Life Worship
Strong God [65]
"Ascribe" (featuring Cory Asbury)
New Life Worship
2014 "Hallelujah"
(Forerunner Music & Cory Asbury)
Endless: Songs of Eternity
(compilation)
[66][67]
"Shine on Us"
(Forerunner Music & Cory Asbury)
2015 "You Are My Hope"
(Forerunner Music & Cory Asbury)
Psalms: Songs of David
(compilation)
[68]
"Psalm 18"
(Forerunner Music & Cory Asbury)
2016 "Son of God"
(Bethel Music & Cory Asbury)
Have It All
[69]

Awards[edit]

GMA Dove Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2018 "Reckless Love" Song of the Year Won
"Reckless Love" Worship Song of the Year Won
Cory Asbury New Artist of the Year Nominated
"Reckless Love" Worship Recorded Song of the Year Nominated
Reckless Love Worship Album of the Year Won


Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2019 "Reckless Love" Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song Pending

K-Love Fan Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2018 "Reckless Love" Breakout Single of the Year Won [70][71]
"Reckless Love" Worship Song of the Year Won
"Reckless Love" Song of the Year Nominated

See also[edit]

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