Since picking up the guitar at age thirteen, Corey Congilio has been steadily forming a solid musical foundation built upon honesty, integrity and respect for his art form. Born and raised in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Corey was exposed to music from his father, mother and guitar playing uncles. This exposure to music of all types at an early age, helped to lay a foundation of passion, versatility and appreciation of what music is, where it comes from, and what it should be.
Realizing at an early age that music and the guitar would be his life’s focus, Corey moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the Art Institute Of Pittsburgh. There, Corey studied audio engineering but, didn’t get into music production officially until a few years after graduation. In the late 1990’s Pittsburgh had a vibrant music scene rich with blues, RnB, and original Rock. Corey shot up through the ranks by hanging out with the city’s best players who helped in honing his skills and overall musical maturity.
In 2005, Corey produced his first EP for a local country artist and his love of the studio began to blossom. Corey became an in demand session player in Pittsburgh and began to produce projects for singer-songwriters. His projects ran the gamut of styles that showed off his ability on instruments other than the guitar.
Over a 10 year period as an instructor, Corey has taught hundreds of students ranging in age, from six to eighty years old. A decade’s worth of guitar instruction helped to connect Corey to the world’s leader in online guitar instruction, Truefire.com. Corey released his first official Truefire course entitled 50 Texas Blues Licks You Must Know in 2011 and his fate as a worldwide guitar instructor was sealed. Since the release of 50 Texas Blues, Corey has released several other top selling courses for TrueFire and continues to work on new material for upcoming releases.
His passion for teaching and presenting lends itself to the world of musical instrument demonstration as well. Since 2014, Corey has been an artist clinician for the most iconic acoustic guitar maker in the world, C.F.Martin Guitar & Co.
The combination of being a multi-instrumentalist and having a solid background in all contemporary musical genres meant that Nashville, TN would eventually become Corey’s new home. Corey moved to Nashville in 2013 and has begun working in what he feels is the “best city for music in the world.” Currently Corey is performing with and producing multiple acts as well as recording his solo EP released in 2016.