Corey Hicks was born and raised in New Orleans. He grew up in the Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood infamously known as “Cross the Canal,” where he witnessed the rawness of the streets firsthand. Although statistics were not in his favor, Corey graduated from St. Augustine High School, noted for its academic excellence and went on to attend Xavier University’s engineering program.
Today, Corey is a passionate minister of the Gospel as well as a graduate of the City Vision, where he received a B.A. in Missions and School of Urban Missions, where he received a A.A. in Biblical Studies. He also served on Staff at the New Orleans Campus for a year. Corey also served as Youth Pastor at Cornerstone Christian Center for two years, while serving as a representative for Youth for Christ/ Campus Life Ministries, a relevant ministry in the public school system.
Although Corey is in the ministry, he was not always a minister. He experimented with drugs like cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, marijuana, and whatever became popular to do. Eventually becoming addicted to them all, Corey became an IV Drug user. He continues to declare that it is only God’s grace that he is not incarcerated and is alive today. As a former Artist/ CEO, he proclaimed death through his lyrics but today, he speaks life!
Corey is the Chief Executive Officer of Longevity Music, a Christian Record Label, where he is also an artist. He is using his gift to change lives and bring LONGEVITY. He is also using the influence God gave him to mentor and develop inspiring youth. Corey also works full time with Next Generation, a cutting edge outreach to over 26 public High Schools, as a High School Campus Missionary. He leads seven evangelistic clubs on six different campuses in the Greater New Orleans area.
Corey served on the Board of MC’s of the City, a ministry where some of the Christian MC’s in N.O. came together once a month to focus on prayer for the city and strategies to improve the local urban communities of the city, before Hurricane Katrina. He currently serves on the Board of Saving Teens, a non-profit organization that provides resources for families with teens in crisis, enabling them to place their teen in environments that will meet their needs.
Corey loves the Lord and has a wonderful counter part in Nicole Hicks, a fellow graduate of the School of Urban Missions. They have two precious sons, Corey and Adan, along with a precious daughter named Zalie. Pray with them as they walk in God’s will for their lives in helping rebuild the city of New Orleans. Their vision is to ultimately impact the nations for Jesus Christ!