Written by: Melanie Gomez
Jody Cooper is a German singer and songwriter who has finally made his way to the United States in support of his most ambitious project so far, Serenades and Odes to a Cracked World. Joey states, “With everything that’s happening in the world, the time has come for people to start engaging with the problems around them in an attempt to make a positive change. This album is my attempt.”
Listening to “One” off of Serenades and Odes to a Cracked World, Jody’s voice gives off an angelic vibe. You can’t help but become soothed by his voice. Knowing his story, you can feel his confidence through every word sung, due to how hard he worked to get to where he is today.
Growing up, Jody didn’t have the easiest time. People would look at me strangely because I spoke ‘funny’, so I learnt to embrace that and combine it with my love of performing in order to feel accepted,” he said.
He then began violin lessons and classroom performances by the young age of six. Even though he couldn’t really read music at the time, he still managed to teach himself how to play the piano, bass, and guitar. By the age of fourteen he started writing his own songs and at sixteen he awoke one morning with a voice in his head telling him he would be a musician. From then on, music became the only thing that mattered.
Jody is a firm believer in knowing your own identity and staying true to it. As he puts it, “Always be yourself…because if you can’t be that, what can you be?”
To preorder Serenades and Odes to a Cracked World to life, visit: https://jodycooper.bandcamp.com/album/serenades-and-odes-to-a-cracked-world-part-1
You can listen to “One” below:
1. I Forsake the Joneses
2. Leave a Light On
4. You Can’t Make It on Your Own
5. Don’t Know You Now
6. Living in Hell
8. The Great Divide
10. You Say You Own Me (But You Don’t Own Me)
12. It’s Alright
13. Song for the Oppressed (Cruelty Dies)