With singer-songwriter Cody Wolfe’s unshakable passion and determination, he proves he is in the business for the long run and will not be going away anytime soon.
When I saw that Cody Wolfe had more than 400,000 Twitter followers and more than 60,000 Instagram followers, I wanted to see what was going on with this popular young artist.
Wolfe is a self-made man. The Connecticut native taught himself to play guitar when he was 16 and was advised early on that to “make it in this industry,” he needed to write songs. He went to a John Fogerty concert and asked his guitar player, James Intveld, what he needed to do to make it in the music industry.
Intveld said, “You’ve got to write music first. You have a better chance of being an artist if you are a songwriter first.”
Before Wolfe turned 18, he had written more than 100 songs.
He pitched his songs to several artists, but in the end, he decided to record his songs. Since few people buy CDs anymore, most people stream and/or download music. Streams on Spotify and YouTube have become the barometer for a song’s popularity.
To date, Wolfe’s most popular song was “Don’t Blame Your Drunk on Me.” But as popular as it may have been, his songs, “Next to Me” and “Clockwork,” prove he truly does have the talent required to become an accomplished songwriter.
Like so many, 2020 was a difficult year for Wolfe. In addition to not tour, he was dropped from his distribution label, UMG’s Empire, which is mostly known for its hip-hop and rap artists. It prompted him to create his own label, Wolfe Den Records, and begin to release new music.
His newest breakup song, “Better Without You,” will sound much different, as well as looking much different than mainstream country music. Instead of a tacky feel like some artists are doing, “Better Without You” is aimed toward a sleek, modern rock-star feel. Co-producing the song himself with Sony producer Sean Giovanni, Wolfe said the song isn’t classic country or modern pop-country, but instead falls into its own class.
Wolfe wrote the song as a jab back at his ex-girlfriend who left him for someone else, invoking that true payback kind of feel. Wolfe had a large hand in making the song sound the way it does writing the whole thing himself, as well as calling the shots in the studio.
“I wanted a dobro and lots of little percussive elements,” Wolfe said. “The guitar riff was something I was doing for years playing the song, and my producer worked it in, as well as for the first time featuring my actual guitar on a studio track, which we usually never do. It was Sean’s idea to add the banjo. I haven’t heard a banjo featured in a country song in years, so it was kind of cool we layered that in there. I also wanted a mandolin in certain parts.”
On Feb. 7, “Better Without You” will be up for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon and in rotation on TouchTunes and AMI Jukeboxes, as well as TikTok. He has organized a full drop on all platforms shortly thereafter.
He plans to release more music in the future, including rap a song that he hopes can compete with artists like Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj.
Wolfe said, “In some ways, the pandemic is more of an opportunity because fewer artists are releasing music right now, so it is the perfect time for me to have a No. 1.”
Some said Wolfe’s followers are manufactured and not real. I am not sure if that is true. What I care about is can he write, sing and perform music? From what I have heard, the independent artist Cody Wolfe certainly can.
He said on Twitter, “All I wanted to do from the time I was 6 years old was to become an entertainer. Here I am 21 years later, I never gave up on my dream.”
Time will tell if his followers and fans can make his dreams come true.
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Bethany Bowman is a freelance entertainment writer. Follow her blog and her on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.