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About John Cody

_MG_2851Originally from Montreal, singer/songwriter John Cody has been performing, producing, composing, arranging, directing, and recording for himself and other emerging and established artists for over a decade now and the feeling is that he’s just begun.

Starting out in radio as a teenager, Cody hosted a popular and subversive show called “The Two Johnny’s” which culled critical acclaim as the most unique, satirical, highly political and cutting edge public affairs program on air at the time. Working in such a musically esoteric radio station (CKCU), it wasn’t long before he left to pursue his own musical ambitions and quickly found himself in Los Angeles after landing his first recording contract with MCA/Universal.

Cody has written, recorded, and in some cases performed live with the Grammy, Juno, Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy award winning artists such as Bonnie Raitt (Fundamental), Joni Mitchell (performed with as director of the Les Deux Cafe Quartet), Van Dyke Parks (performed with at The Sunset Room), Siedah Garrett (recorded and composed No One’s Fool), Jennifer Warnes (recorded, performed with previously and as a musical consultant on The Well), Eric Idle (recorded with for the film The Alan Smithee Project), Sharon Stone (composed, performed for and as musical director of her one woman show as well as producing and
co-writing the song Cheers, Thanks A Lot), Keith Urban (composed and recorded Whatever Happened To The Good Times), Tom Cochrane (co-wrote, toured, and arranged all the vocals on Mad Mad World), Larry Klein (co-wrote and performed live and co-produced the album Darkness Visible), Don Dixon (producer of Zelig Belmondo), Marty Jones (in duet with on Back To The Garden),  John Capek (co-wrote many songs with as well as Look At Me Now for Cher), Christopher Ward (co-wrote Raven Fly), Lynn Miles (co-wrote and co-produced Night In A Strange Town with Larry Klein), Holly Cole (co-wrote on Dark Dear Heart), Mary Margaret O’Hara (recorded with and performed at The Squeeze Ball’s), Grace Jones (performed with at The Trapeze Room), and many others.

In the field of Jazz, John has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Catalina’s, The Jazz Bakery, The Jazz Spot, Miceli’s with Phil Palermo and Jack Sheldon, for the Los Angeles Jazz Society several times where he was paired with Lionel Cole, performed a jazz opera with Jeff Clayton, for the Montreal Jazz Festival at Le Pharaon, the Santa Monica College Jazz Series, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Summer Jazz Series for Children at the Bowl, the Bottom Line in New York with Andy Snitzer and David Sancious, and had a five year residency  at Les Deux Cafe as musical director where he played jazz with musicians like
Joachim Cooder, Theo Saunders, Lionel Cole, Miles Mosley, Larry Klein, Zach Raye, Ralph Penland, Cathy Segal Garcia, Sal Marquez, Lisa Zane, Kamal, Caroline DuCrocq, and many others.  He was also invited to lecture at the UCLA Jazz program’s school of ethnomusicology under Kenny Burrell.

An accomplished multi instrumentalist, musical director, and singer, Cody has readily earned himself a reputation as a musician capable of handling anything thrown at him both on stage and in studio.  He has also written songs on records that have gained him certified RIAA/CRIAA gold, multi-platinum, and diamond status while garnering sales in the millions worldwide.

In the words of fellow composer, co-producer and two-time Grammy Award winning producer (Record of the Year for Joni Mitchell’s 1996 Turbulent Indigo; Record of the Year for Herbie Hancock’s 2008 River: The Joni Letters) Larry Klein: “Listen to John Cody.”