Self taught to play guitar from the age of 16, a promising nursing student, and now one of the most sought after up and coming country music artists of the year, native to Beckley, WV, Cody Wicklines first and foremost interest was music but after school he pursued a career in nursing. Through out his studies he played local venues in and around his home town. During his high school years Cody and a classmate worked on a class project that threw him into the spot light and had him not only singing at school, but making his own home video’s, and entering and winning local competitions and talent contests.
He was approached by two of his long time fans who felt so strongly about his music that they wanted to sponsor him for an audition with the Voice. But his first priority at that time was nursing school. Not long after that he was then approached by a talent scout from NBC The Voice, who saw a Youtube video of one of his performances, and the rest my friends is history.
Cody said he felt pulled in two different directions with his future goals but after the talent scout approached him he felt pulled toward Nashville and country music full time. He would prove to the establishment that he is wise and talented beyond his years. Major influences on his music are Merle Haggard, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, and Hank Williams Jr.
After leaving The Voice Cody knew he needed to get his music out to the public. He spoke with several producers and just seemed to get the wrong vibe from the type of music they wanted him to record. He made a big step to move forward with the project on his own and enlisted the help of veteran singer/songwriter and producer Billy Yates. The album was recorded in December of 2015 and released in February of 2016. Cody said that he knew with Billy producing the album it would be what he wanted it to be.
“I’ve been a fan of Cody’s for years now. I’ve watched him grow as a singer and performer and was so happy to see him stand up for real country music on The Voice. We talked again after that and it was decided that we should go in the studio and create a sound that was true to Cody… A sound that reflected his own style and defined him as an artist. We got our songs together, went in the studio and the outcome was magical. Cody is a fantastic singer with a sound that is all his own. He takes each song and makes it uniquely his own with an uncanny ability to bend notes and stylize with passion and emotion. I don’t have a crystal ball and I can’t say for sure what the future holds for anyone, but I’m betting that Cody Wickline will have his day in the sun and will one day be a big star. When you hear him sing, you become a fan. It’s just a matter of time!” ~ Billy Yates~
The album is titled “Son of a Working Man” and is true, classic, traditional country music. It’s the kind of music so many die hard country music fans have been asking for, for a very long time. The album includes 12 tracks of off the wall amazing country songs. This album is sure to be on the record charts watch lists for 2016. Currently Cody splits his time between home in West Virginia and Nashville.
Cody will be performing in Nashville during CMA Fest at the infamous Alley Cats Lounge in downtown Nashville. In the past he has performed as a headliner at The Raleigh County Convention Center. Cody also performed at the WV state fair and opened for John Michael Montgomery.
We should all be so lucky to have our passion become our career and do so with such great success. For more information on Cody Wickline and where you can see a performance or purchase his music please check out the following links: