The Renfro Valley Barn Dance Presents Cody McCarver in the Historic Old Barn Theater!
Cody McCarver’s emotion-filled voice displays a life full of heartache and lessons. Yes, when you hear Cody sing, you know he has a story to tell.
Beginning his career with country music legend, Lynn Anderson, Cody played bass guitar for the icon before signing his own recording contract with Giant records. Heartache set in as the album was never released and Cody thought his dreams were over. Enter Confederate Railroad, a band Cody would spend over a decade with at the top of the charts. Upon leaving the band, Cody started a solo country career, recording at Capital Studios in Los Angeles, CA. This career was extremely lucrative with numerous accolades, including three number one video’s on CMT Pure County and earning the title of Independent Artist of the Year from Music Row Magazine. Throughout his career, Cody has shared the stage with legends such as Charlie Daniels, David Allan Coe, Merle Haggard and more. His solo career saw his music topping the charts and even being featured in several motion pictures, which led to McCarver acting in several western films. His solo music has featured guest appearances by Colt Ford and The Oak Ridge Boys’ Richard Sterban. Cody is an ambassador for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, an organization that is extremely close to his heart.
Raised in the mountains of Spencer, TN, Cody’s first musical influence was in his home church. Even as a young child, Cody loved music and became the church piano player before the age of ten. It’s that musical connection to faith that has helped Cody through dark and troubled times, including the imprisonment of his father and his death inside a jail cell.
The bright lights of fame and fortune brought many enjoyable things but it also exposed Cody to a very dark side. “Here I was with everything I could imagine,” states Cody. “My CD’s all over in Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc., everything I wanted. I had a bus, band – I had it all. But something was missing and I was miserable. So, I started filling that void with Jack Daniels, who became my best friend, every single day.”
Cody’s life began to spiral out of control. “I was headed for death,” says Cody. “I knew something had to change…so I went to church.” Cody searched and found joy in his renewed relationship with God. Cody says: “God let me know that He never left me and He was with me the entire time.”
Once again, Cody is making waves with his music. This time it’s Christian and country music with a new genre of music called OUTLAW GOSPEL. After being told by several people in Christian music industry his voice and songwriting sounded “outlawy,” Cody said “Well, maybe I'll call it Outlaw Gospel".
That’s where we find Cody McCarver today. His new single, “Rise Up,” will premiere along with a video roll-out in December 2016, with a full project slated for release in early 2017.