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Born and raised in Dunlap, Tennessee, just outside of Chattanooga, Cody’s musical career began at age 9 playing piano in a small church. Cody taught himself to play multiple instruments and at age 17 his career in Country Music began.
After 12 years in the multi-platinum selling band Confederate Railroad, performing an average of a 100 shows a year, Cody stepped out on his own in 2009. He went to Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, and recorded his first solo CD, simply titled “Cody McCarver”. The self-titled CD was produced by Casaba Petocz, (John Michael Montgomery, Metallica, Ben Folds) and mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer, Chris Lord Alge,(Green Day, Tim McGraw, Hoobastank). Little did he know that his first single, “Red Flag”, would garner him a Top 25 single and a #1 video for 12 consecutive weeks on CMT Pure and Music Row Magazines’ Independent Artist of the year.
The patriotic anthem “I’m America”, with an accompanying video featuring Charlie Daniels. That video also went to #1 on CMT Pure. The single, “I’m America”, led Cody around the country doing over 30 shows for our American Troops, in conjunction with Operation Troop Aid and the Wounded Warriors program. The single reached also the top of many European Country airplay charts.
On April the 19th 2013, Cody McCarver received a phone call from the Tennessee State Prison where his father was incarcerated. Suddenly and unexpectedly his father had passed away. Cody states, “After fifteen years of visiting my father and fighting for his freedom, I never dreamed that this chapter of his story would end this way. I had prayed many times for God to help me free my Dad. When I received the phone call that my father had passed away, I viewed my endless prayers as going unanswered. When I woke up the following morning, God put his hand on my shoulder and said to me, I answered your prayer, what more do you want? He had truly set my Daddy free.” Cody immediately put pen to paper and wrote the title track from his new gospel CD “The Lord’s Will”, taken from Luke 22:42, “not my will however, but your will be done”. Cody states, “The first two lines of the song say it all, “If you want to hear God laugh tell him your plans, you don’t write the script you’re in his hands”.