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Rising Stars: Meet Cody Webb

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cody Webb. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up in a tiny town called Rosge Spring, SC. My mom was the music minister in our small Southern Baptist Church and my dad always had a local band and played festivals and clubs in the area. I was surrounded by music growing up and first picked up a guitar around 8 years old. 

Throughout high schools, my dad and I played acoustic duo shows and I began writing songs. When I took off to Clemson University after graduating high school, I began playing parties and the downtown music scene in Clemson. While in college, I fell in love with Eric Church’s first two records and wanted knew I wanted to write songs like those. 

I started visiting Nashville my senior year and have been writing songs and playing shows for a living ever since. It’s been a crazy ride and my band and I have gotten the opportunity to play shows all over the country over the past few years. My childhood influences and life growing up has helped me write songs that people who grew in like I did can relate to. I feel so blessed to get to play music and write songs for a living. For now, I’m just enjoying the journey getting where I’m going. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There have definitely been some ups and downs, however, I wouldn’t trade the journey for anything. I feel like one of the biggest struggles is watching friends and others have success around you. Social media can be toxic and make you feel like you’re not working hard enough or not good enough. I know this issue goes much further than just people who do what I do. I feel like I’ve learned to not let it bother me nearly like it has in the past. What we do as artists and songwriters is definitely a marathon, not a sprint. It takes a great focus and determination to accomplish big things in this industry. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m an artist/songwriter living in Nashville, TN. I would say my focus/specialty is writing songs and performing. I was a guitar player before anything else, so my music, especially my life show is very guitar orienteer. What am I most proud of? Hmmmm.. I will have to say family first of all. It sounds a little cliche and maybe not pertaining to my music, but there’s literally no way I could keep up or keep my sanity without my family. My wife supports me so much and my little girl, Josie is my whole world. Even my parents and in-laws are so supportive and always open their houses to me and my band when we’re on touring. I guess I’m proud to be able to play music for a living, support and have a family, and just make it all work. It’s not easy to do both, but we are figuring it out as we go! I think my songs speak to a certain group of people who grew up like I did and that sets me apart from other artists and writers. 

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
I have had so many people along the way who have been such a big part of my career. Too many to name really. I definitely wouldn’t be doing this without my dad. He is the reason I picked up a guitar in the first place. He had written hundreds of songs by the time I was a kid and I had most all of them memorized. Honestly, I knew more of his songs than probably all other bands combined. That makes for a pretty unique influence not many others had. My mom has always been so supportive my whole life too. She did so much for me in any way you could imagine and still to this day supports me however she can. 

Fast forward to now, my wife lives every bit of this with me. People don’t get to see how much happens behind the scenes and I’ll say it’s not easy to be married to someone who does what I do. She has done such a good job keeping our family grounded and making our house feel like home. She fights for me and always talks me through tough times. 

My business partner, Steve Kendrick has been an absolute Godsend and the best partner in business I could ask for. A lot of people don’t realize that the music business isn’t all about writing and singing. It’s A LOT of business. Steve has really helped me learn and make smart business decisions and just treated me like family through the years. He’s been a giant part of my career over the last several years and I’m truly thankful to have him on the team. 

Rusty Harmon at Vere Music has knocked down so many doors for me over the past few years. He’s been a big believer and made so much happen for me. It’s been eye-opening and I’ve learned so much working with him and I’m so thankful to have the experience working with someone like him. 

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Justin Mayotte
Jake Riggins
Eddie Webb

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