Cody Fry’s talents as a performer and creator of music have already gained him acclaim and exposure at the highest levels of the music industry. The Grammy Foundation ‘discovered’ his capabilities while he was still in high school and put him onstage to sing and play piano and guitar alongside stars Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Michael McDonald, Jeff Beck, Kanye West, John Legend, James Moody, and Gloria Estefan at special Foundation benefit concerts honoring Quincy Jones and George Martin. Disney tapped him to participate in their “Next Big Thing” national singer-songwriter competition, which led to interviews on nationally syndicated radio programs and feature stories in the Chicago Tribune. Tribune rock critic Mark Caro described Fry’s voice and music as “a rich slice of blue-eyed soul.” Celebrities have also taken note: he was one of a just a handful of performers selected for Oprah Winfrey’s Mediterranean cruise “Trip of a Lifetime.” And this recent graduate of Belmont University’s commercial music program may be the only person that the prestigious music magazine Downbeat has honored with four awards over several annual competitions, in three different categories (Best Male Jazz Vocalist, Best Original Song, and Best Jazz Arrangement twice).
As a recording artist, his twin passions of songwriting and film scoring are uniquely demonstrated in his newest release, Audio:Cinema [available on iTunes]. Co-produced with drummer and friend Niko Xidas, the album features original songs that were inspired by, and designed to sync with, visual elements (‘cinema’). Recorded mostly at his Nashville home studio, Fry not only sings but plays most of the instruments on these unusually creative songs and arrangements. Already the cut “Underground” has been picked up to be one of the tracks (among others by such artists as Dave Barnes and Ben Rector) on Freedom Movement’s A Brighter Light compilation CD supporting efforts to end human trafficking.
Having sung on national radio and television commercials from a young age, it is no surprise that Fry has also developed his own burgeoning career as a writer and performer of commercial music. Recent triumphs include original music and vocals on a national campaign for Big Lots!, original music for a McDonald’s national ad run during March Madness, and music and vocals for a Chicago-area retailer that aired on the Super Bowl broadcast. Additionally, listeners all over the country were able to hear Fry’s mastery of arranging for full orchestra and jazz voices as showcased on Christmas at Belmont for PBS.
Fry is currently touring in support of his Audio:Cinema release. More information is available at codyfry.com.