Let’s be honest, at first glance, singer, songwriter and producer Cody Jay appears to be yet another white boy trying to impersonate a soulful urban artist, but lucky for all of us, this boy has real skills.
His life-long journey of music has position him to create some of the most powerful, yet sensual music that the industry seems to have been missing. Though his highly-anticipated debut album ‘Off the Vine’ to rave reviews has been in the making for three years, music fans are glad he took his time to let that soul marinate over those tracks.
And marinate is exactly what Jay did, creating a body of work that he can claim all his own.
“This time around, I really wanted to create my own sound in my own way. There was a lot of trial and error that went into it, but once I figured things out, I was able to achieve the sound that I wanted.”
A combination of sexy R&B hits paying homage to a classic 90’s era mixed with a pinch of modern pop tempos and solid vocals, this album isn’t for the faint of heart. Jay explains he has no problem unleashing his sexual side, playfully teasing his listeners as he takes them on a ride of euphoric eroticism at times.
Unlike some artist, Jay asserts he doesn’t believe in relying heavily on studio technology in his songs, and isn’t afraid to let his vocal skills shine, which he wishes more artists would do.
“There’s less of a demand for solid vocalists these days, and while that may be the fad, I tried to ride the line of allowing the music to speak for itself while adding solid vocals and harmonies reminiscent of the 90’s.”
If you think the album is just for the lovers, though, you’re sadly mistaken. Tracks like ‘More than Enough’ tap into his introspective self and serve as a reminder for his fan base of the importance of gratitude in the face of life’s adversity.
This same encouragement, he explains, is what drives his ambition to persevere in such a fleeting industry.
“At times it’s really hard to stay driven – especially when I think about how much time and money I’ve spent getting to this point. But at the end of the day, this is what I love to do.”
Aside from answering the rallying cry of music lovers in dire need of something more than trendy melodic tunes, Jay wrote every song himself, masterfully demonstrating what happens when an artist is truly in tune with their creative gifts. From singer to songwriter, his musical genius is a testament to his devotion to his craft.
“After writing my own music for the past few years, I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I want to hear when I listen to other artists. I think that if you can stand by your own product, that you’re on your way to being unique – and standing out in the.”