Cody Joe Hodges was destined to be a performer. The first time he took the stage was at the age of five, while on a family vacation. At the time, his parents thought he was playing video games, when suddenly, they heard the band announce that someone from the audience had requested to sing a song. Five-year old Cody, took the stage and sang “Amarillo By Morning”, and the rest is history.
Cody Joe Hodges’ music has been described as “real country”, influenced by some of the country greats from the late 70’s and 80’s – George Strait, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson (just to name a few). With his thrilling, high-energy performance, it is rare that you will find someone that reaches across the aisle to both the old and new generations, but Cody Joe Hodges does it every time. Cody Joe Hodges’ voice ranges from silky smooth to raspy seduction. Cody Joe’s sound is something out of the past, and his writing style of the here and now.
Cody Joe Hodges started playing music at an early age, but it wasn’t until his senior year in high school that he became serious about his art. Cody Joe wrote his first song, “Daddy’s Dream”, his freshman year, while living in the dorms at Texas A&M University.
Not long after graduating from Texas A&M in 2006, the young talent spent a short stay in Nashville. Afterwards, deciding to “get away from music” and move back to Texas and join the Army.
While in the Army, (duty station, Fort Carson), he was playing music on a street corner in Colorado Springs with a homeless man, when he was discovered by an Army affiliate. He was then asked to audition for the group “Harmony in Motion,” a vocal ensemble based out of Fort Carson, Colorado. After auditioning, they extended an offer to join them, and Cody Joe began traveling across America playing for large entertainment venues.
Upon discharge, his dad had a talk with him about a career in the power line business as a lineman. This sounded like something exciting and also a great opportunity to draw upon for songwriting, so he joined the energy field in 2010. At the same time, he started a band called “The Linemen”, and released his first album in 2012.
In the spring of 2013, Cody Joe decided to exit out of the power line business and focus energy on his music as a solo artist, along with whatever plans God had for him. It has been a blessing thus far. With his first recording contract signed in Dec. ’13. Cody Joe Hodges released “The Good Stuff” album through an Oklahoma based record label, Tate Music Group, in November 2014.
In 2014, Cody Joe teamed up with Lamon Records, a Sony independent label out of Nashville, to record a four song EP entitled “One More Drink”. After successfully gaining airplay and chart status with his singles, he decided to release his first Christmas album, “Down Home Christmas”. The Christmas album was released in Oct 2016 and has 5 traditional country songs and 3 originals.
Cody Joe lives life on the road, constantly touring and trying to get his music heard. He also knows the road to Nashville well. He takes that road every other month from Texas to write songs, attend workshops and participate in career development meetings and network amongst the industry community on Music Row. From humble beginnings, Cody Joe Hodges brings the drive and determination to attain National results.
Cody Joe Hodges’ new single, “God, Family and Country”, was written with his wife, Jamie, and two other songwriters on Music Row, Alex Maxwell & David Johnson. The song speaks of uniting our country, speaks of historical moments in history where the country was successful in doing so, and illustrates Cody Joe’s passion for the important things in life – God, family and country.