Courtney Wong is a singer/songwriter/worship leader based in New York City. She began playing piano at the age of five, quit out of childhood rebellion, and then picked it up again in high school, along with flute and guitar. Courtney spent summers studying music at the Manhattan Arts Institute and Manhattan School of Music, and graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2009 with a B.A. in Music-Psychology. At Columbia, she began songwriting and served as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s worship band director.
Following graduation, Courtney continued to perform around NYC/NJ while working full-time. In 2011, Courtney left her full-time job to spend a year pursuing a career in music and non-profit work with NYC Urban Project (which now has transitioned to IVED). As a NYCUP Worship Leader, Courtney designed and performed for worship/prayer services for NYCUP RecWeek and Summer Immersion Programs since 2009. Her years of experience leading prayer and worship were key to the development of NYCUP’s “Teach Us How to Pray” curriculum.
Courtney has also been working to increase awareness around human trafficking. As part of NYCUP’s LoGOFF campaign, Courtney released a 7-video stopmotion film series on YouTube, each of which explored different forms of human trafficking as they exist in 7 different countries and featured her original song, “Taking a Stand.” In 2012, she released her first official music video for “Taking a Stand” and won the 2012 Campus MovieFest Elfenworks Social Justice Award for it.