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Better State of Mind

by Cody James

Encouraged by his friend Loretta Lynn, Cody's first solo project from its rockin start to its heart melting love songs will take you to places in your own life as well as giving a glimpse inside the heart and soul of this singer/songwriter and man.
Genre: Country: Modern Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Better State of Mind
3:44 $0.99
2. Near Perfect
3:53 $0.99
3. Smalltown Girl
3:22 $0.99
4. Left Side of the Bed
2:54 $0.99
5. Two Strong
3:21 $0.99
6. Get On With It
3:02 $0.99
7. Misery Lane
2:59 $0.99
8. Youll Know When You Get There
3:07 $0.99
9. To Need Someone
3:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Cody James arrived in Nashville in the summer of 1994, bringing with him little more than raw determination, raw talent, and a guitar case full of songs. He spent the next few years honing his craft, developing relationships, and learning the music business.
By 1997, Cody James had gained the respect of his peers. That year he caught the attention of the legendary Loretta Lynn. After hearing only a few of Cody's songs, Loretta reopened her publishing companies, which she'd chosen to close ten years earlier. She signed Cody to a three-year contract as her only writer.
Through Loretta's friendship and mentoring, Cody developed the utmost love and respect for her. During this period, he co-wrote Loretta's Single "I Can't Hear the Music", a poignant ballad about Loretta's late husband Doolittle (Doo). The song appears on Loretta's album, "Still Country" and has received great revues from Billboard Magazine. During and since his three years at Coal Miners Music, Cody has had cuts by Mark Chestnut, Pam Tillis, and numerous other independent artists.
Cody James wrote, sang, and produced "Welcome to the Country" for a John Cherry movie production entitled "Pirates of the Plain" starring Tim Curry, famed for his role in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". "Welcome To the Country" is currently climbing the charts in Europe. Cody was featured in Robert MacNeil’s “Do You Speak American” on PBS, and Several of Cody's songs are being performed in musical stage productions in an expanding theater chain in Ohio.
As a writer, Cody has accomplished a lot in a short period of time. His face and name are well known in the industry and his music in radio and TV. He has performed many of the songs from his CD, "Better State Of Mind" on the Grand old Opry's WSM Radio show 'Oprystar Spotlight' with Mathew Gillian. In a feature article on Cody in American Songwriter Magazine, Cody talks about his humble beginnings and the personal goals that drive him professionaly.The interviewer asked Cody if he dreams of the Grammy nominations and gold records that will someday line his walls. "Naw, not really." He drawls,"My dream is to be able to quietly put money into my Mom's bank account without telling her. One day she'll just walk into the bank and it will be full and she'll never have to scrape around to make a living again." "That's my dream, it's what I go to sleep thinkin about". Loretta is deeply touched by this attitude toward success. She compared Cody's way of putting his family first to a poignant memory she has of Patsy Cline wanting to buy her Mother a new house. he In a quote from the article, the interviewer states, "Cody is enormously grateful for everything he gets and polite to a fault…..I admit this has not been objective reporting. I like Cody James a lot. So sue me. But you know what? It's really fun to watch someone as their dreams come true".
Cody also volunteers his time as an Adopt-A-Shop Pro for NSAI, teaching and guiding aspiring songwriters. But he is most definitely a performing artist in his own right.

Hey everybody this is Cody. This that you have just read was written a few years back. It well describes the events that were going on in my career; but if you listen closely to these songs I wrote, they tell a different story. my writing was good but if you listen closely to the lyrics of” 2 Strong”, “Near Perfect”, “You’ll Know When You Get There” and “Better State of Mind”, the reality is in some of these songs I was writing about the man I wanted to be, not the man I was. I was searching. Though all these very cool things were going on in my career then, I was addicted to drugs and alcohol so bad that at times I didn’t think I could keep going; Then in 2001 my Mom got sick and I left Nashville for Missouri to care for her. In 2003 she died in my arms in a hospital bed in her living room, her name was Norine, she was 63, and was my best friend. Her death sent me into an alcohol soaked downward spiral that turned me into an outlaw and eventually led me to incarceration. But as life goes by, people change and grow. I’m not that man any longer. I have a new life, new goals, a new path, and all new songs. Please check out my other albums on CDBaby and join me in this new chapter of my life. (other albums will be available in 3 weeks)
Be blessed,
Cody James
October 30th 2008



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Someone from your past

You are a STAR!!
Cody, you should go on NASHVILLE STAR or AMERICA'S GOT TALENT. You are such an amazing TALENT; you are a top-notch singer/songwriter and it's a BIG waste for the world not to listen to your songs. JUST DO IT...GO FOR IT CODY...YOU WOULD WIN and all of your dreams would come true. All the best to you. Someone from your past.

Your Future Wife.

This CD is a great combination of music.


Remember me?
I was around before you finished the CD. I hope it's doing well for you. I always thought you were an amazing man. I still have my version of Get On With It. Remember that? I sang the female version. I'll never forget the camping trips and the wonderful garden we had. Hope all is well and God bless. Kimberly M....


Great lyrics, fantastic voice!


I met you for the first time a few years ago at a funeral for my uncle--I thought I could be strong until I heard you sing, your voice brings out so much emotion and everyone that hears your CD is touched in so many ways. All your songs hit the pit of the heart for anyone that should find a way to get your music into the stores for better access. Look forward to getting your cd I have moved and misplaced the one that you gave me.


Very good
I like all the songs & will buy the next cd that comes out


i love the way he writes, and hes amazing singer too.


Great Music By Great Guy
The CD is great although i dont really like country music:) i still like the songs.... Cody is also a great guy in general..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Michael Kelly - Michael's Mobile Music

Delightfully pleased!
If you like pure and true country music, give this CD a listen. Wonderful song selection. Enjoyed them all. My fave: Remake of Left Side Of the Bed.


Great voice such emotion I will buy this CD and his next one too!!
Cody James is wondeful!! Great ballads... one hell of a writer! He makes me cry and smile both at the same time, I wish him all the succes he can handle!GOOD LUCK CODY!!
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