Born in Athabasca but raised on a farm two kilometers away from Boyle, Kory grew up in a musical family. Mom was an elementary music teacher while Dad had an ear for music which enabled him to play almost any instrument. Kory sang in the church choir and learned to read music after joining the school band.
Kory had a typical rural Alberta childhood which included playing such sports as basketball, hockey, volleyball and baseball. Like the majority of Canadian youth, he had aspirations of becoming a professional hockey player but after winning a Provincial Championship with the Athabasca Winter Hawks, Kory instead got a volleyball scholarship to Red Deer College where he completed two years of the Arts program before receiving his Education degree from the University of Alberta.
Kory’s first guitar, black with a little white bird on the pick guard, was a hand-me-down acoustic guitar his brother had purchased from a Sears catalogue. As Kory recalls, “It wasn’t the best guitar but it helped me learn the basic chords and introductory songs.” Although Kory played a little guitar in high school it wasn’t until he took a lesson at college that he began his journey as a country singer and performer.
Kory joined a hometown band called The Rainbow Riders and started writing songs after he became inspired by such singer-songwriters as Conway Twitty, Garth Brooks and Paul Brandt. After the death of his father, Kory’s passion for music increased and he wrote ballads/songs relating to his father. Kory Wlos eventually took over the band The Rainbow Riders now calling themselves Kory Wlos and the Riders.
Kory’s first CD, “Highway Love,” was released in 1999 with Country Wave magazine’s Marc Stevenson writing, “Kory Wlos seems to have a ton of talent, a great attitude and a bright future ahead of him.” Kory has opened for Jason Aldean, Johnny Reid, Tracy Lawrence, Montgomery Gentry, David Lee Murphy, Chely Wright, Lorie Morgan, Gord Bamford, Charlie Major and Jason Blaine. Kory’s most recent song released in 2013 is the highly popular “Hockey Song” (Don’t Bug Me While the Hockey Game’s On) because its tongue-in-cheek lyrics truly resonate with the Canadian mentality. On stage Kory is known for his boundless energy and enthusiasm combined with an appealing voice and natural charisma.
Kory currently resides in Sherwood Park and balances his music career with teaching and being a great husband and father.