On his debut album with The Funk Apostles, ‘Chapter 1: The Art of Love,’ organ virtuoso, Cory Henry, demonstrates that’s he more than up for the challenge, moving from sideman to frontman with seemingly effortless grace and cool. Recorded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Chapter 1: The Art of Love was tracked live to tape in an effort both to capture the inimitable energy of the band’s live shows and to channel the warm analog vibes of the 1970’s. The album serves as a showcase for his skills as a songwriter and producer, rich with intricate arrangements and memorable hooks. He and the band whip up an intoxicating blend of blues, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, gospel, and jazz, blurring genres at every turn.
Henry pieced together The Funk Apostles’ lineup out of players he met on the road over the years, and each member of the band is an all-star in their own right. Guitarist Adam Agati, who co-wrote the album’s lyrics with Henry, has worked with everyone from Booker T. Jones to Ludacris. Bassist Sharay Reed has performed with Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan. TaRon Lockett has performed with Snarky Puppy and some of the biggest names in R&B including Erykah Badu and Montell Jordan. Keyboardist Nick Semrad’s credits include Miss Lauryn Hill, Bilal, and Gabriel Garzon-Montano.