Cody Wood

Cody Wood is a singer, songwriter, and actor who has transformed from classical violinist to contemporary solo artist, stage performer, and actor.  Recent stage and film credits include Forever Plaid produced by Rob Barron (Los Angeles), Ann Wynn, a film by Michelle Manas (Los Angeles), and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story directed by Glenn Casale (Los Angeles).  Wood also performed as Bing Crosby in A Tribute to the USO (Canton) and as the lead in the short film Tours of Duty (Cleveland) while completing undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering and in Music at Case Western Reserve University.  Most recently Wood completed his first music video for his single “Inside Out” and released new original single "The Love We Know".

After completing his first national solo tour, Cody is continuing to gain recognition and momentum for his musical career.  His first professional record, Nothin’ to It, is a showcase of vocal capability, lyrical composition, and musical thought.  Cody's endeavors in sound began at age 4 when he started playing the violin and singing his own songs into a tape recorder.  Since then he performed as a member of the top youth orchestras and choirs in Phoenix, Boston, and in college in Cleveland.  Cody was also a member of the renowned Phoenix Boys Choir and received a Grammy Award for his participation in the recording of Krystof Penderecki’s premiere of Credo.

How do you describe your music to people?
Like any artist, where my music stands now and where I picture it moving is very different.  My newest material is more similar to bands like The Fray and Jason Mraz but I've been told that I sound like Michael Buble.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I spent my entire childhood performing classical music on violin and rebelling by listening to Sublime, Tupac, and Korn.  I've always had an eclectic taste in music but when I discovered early Sinatra I instantly wanted to be a singer.  I've been performing in choirs throughout my life but that was the moment I knew I wanted to take my singing to another level.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Spend time in the outdoors with my family: Waterskiing, fishing, and laughing.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
The biggest challenge I have is achieving goals that are typically achieved by a team of people.  I had the unique opportunity to have an intern from France working for me this past year.  Although it was challenging to add management to my work the additional help created new opportunities to grow as an artist and business.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Jerry Rice.  Literally, I thought that I could just be him.  I also had a funny feeling I might do something crazy - like move to LA.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I have a long line of incredible people, beginning with my parents and first violin teacher, that have helped me my entire life.  I've lived in Santa Fe, Phoenix, Boston, Cleveland, and Los Angeles and in every place I have had mentors, friends, and teachers who have pushed me and helped me.  The sub-cultures of each city I've lived in are unique and opened my personal views of the world to accept different people and different ways of life.  I'm definitely an American mutt.

What other artists out there do you love?
Morgan Paros
Chris Black

What does your future hold?
I am currently signed with Allied Artists in Los Angeles for acting and LaLaMusic, a boutique licensing company for music.  I am working on several upcoming releases and planning another national tour for 2012.  The Magic 8 Ball says a big performance at the Hollywood Bowl but we'll see.