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Cody Wayne Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Cody Wayne Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Answer: My music would be described as a modern country mixed with my Texas roots. As for myself I would say I am a little crazy. I mean I am an songwriter, singer, and entertainer.  There has to be a screw loose somewhere. Ha!!!!

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer: Last year was phenomenal!!!!  I was fortunate enough to win several major awards including Texas Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. Most recently I won the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards New Male Vocalist of the Year and became a member of the Vision Entertainment team. I’m married to my best friend and we have a wonderful family. Last year was GREAT!!!!

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Answer: We have our first full length album coming out later this year and we are really excited for its release.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Answer: YES!!!!  So far I have written all of the songs we have released. I am branching out and going to to songwriter sessions in Nashville and I’m looking forward to see what kind of songs we can create. As far as picking the songs we judge that by playing them live and seeing how the audience reacts.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Answer: I am hugely influenced by my family and life. Most of my songs are snap shots of my life in some way.

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Answer: I think because it’s relatable. At some point everyone has dated someone that their friends or family didn’t agree with. Addicted is a song about not caring what they think or say.

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Answer: The next single will be ‘Good Ole Country Song’. I wrote it with a friend of mine who was in the hospital. I got a phone call that was basically “Come see him cause you may not get another chance.”  So I took a guitar that he had given me as a wedding present and went to see him.  He wanted to write a song and said that he had always been a “Lover of a good ole country song” and the song just wrote itself after that. Pretty special.

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer: I like recording the songs that make me forget the words. Lol. It’s sounds weird but when everything is just clicking into place I get so pumped that I forget that I am supposed to be singing.
 
Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Answer: I would say “Footprints On My Windshield”. “Fly High” opened a lot of doors for us but Footprints was a song that I had written for my wife and to see it go from me saying “Babe I miss having your footprints on my windshield” to her saying “Well, why don’t you just write the song” to getting the master copy really meant a lot to me.

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Answer: We have been very fortunate to have a great group of friends/fans. We have been there for our good friends first date, wedding, and anniversaries. That to me means more than anything.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer: Everything really. It can be the smallest sound of acorns falling on a roof to something someone says in passing. I don’t limit inspiration to certain things. If it stirs up a sound or feeling inside then I try to write about that feeling.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Answer: Music is so readily available to so many people that I think it’s going to become a fusion of different genres. Think about your personal music collection. There is no way that anyone has just one genre in their collection.  Music from the past is the foundation that everything you hear today was built on. That’s why there will never be another Gary Stewart or Merle Haggard or even George Strait. They built their sound and art from their foundations and expanded it. A friend once told me that “If a song ever stops changing, then it’s dead.”  It’s the same music.
 
Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Answer: By far the best part of all of this is the show. Once the first beat hits, everything just goes away. The worries, troubles, and pain just stop. If nothing else, all I want is to make people forget their problems from the first beat to the last.

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Answer: I have an ongoing challenge to write a song with middle eastern influences due to my past experiences with the Marines and my friend is trying to write a Spanish influenced blues song. Sounds weird but it keeps things different.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?
Answer: I was stationed in Japan and we were on a convoy up to Mt. Fuji. We had stopped for the night at truck stop kind of thing. My buddy Ryan Turnipseed, who taught me the guitar, and I were sitting outside playing our guitars we had brought. When out of nowhere this older Japanese lady walks by and gives us this box of cookies and said thank you. From then on I always had a guitar with me and played it anywhere I could.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Answer: It started by writing songs to make fun of friends at parties when we got back from Iraq. Then they would ask me to play it again and then ask if I had written any other songs. So it just evolved from there.

Lamitschka:  What drives you?
Answer: A love for music and my family.  Music is my passion and I have been blessed with the opportunity to do it for a living. My love for my family drives me to be the best that I possibly can at it to give them everything they deserve. They have sacrificed more than I could ever ask for and I want to be able to give them back everything I can.
 
Lamitschka:  What has been your greatest challenge in music business?

Answer: Understanding the “Paying your dues” part.  It takes time to do this thing we call music. You have to learn it and create it. No one did this overnight.

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?
Answer: Laying on the couch and catching up on TV shows with my wife, playing video games with our twin boys, and writing new songs.  Oh and usually trying to knock my honey-do list.

Lamitschka:  Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Answer: NOT A SINGLE THING!!!!  Everything that has happened has brought me to this point right here and right now and made me who I am.

Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?

Answer: To be able to play the Grand Ole Opry and look to the side of the stage and see my family standing there. I think I could retire after that....Maybe.

Lamitschka:  Many European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?

Answer: Absolutely!!!  You can keep up with our schedule on our website www.codywaynemusic.com, Bandsintown.com, and by signing up for our news letter.

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?
Answer: Thank you for listening to our music. There is so much music out here to listen to and the fact that you listened and enjoyed mine is unbelievable. I greatly appreciate it.

Lamitschka:  How do you feel about being winning the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards New Male Vocalist of the Year?  What has it done for your career?

Answer: It has been amazing!  We were in Little Rock Arkansas for two nights and the awards show was on that Saturday night. So I flew in from Little Rock to Dallas and met with my now manager Chuck Sweeney of Vision Entertainment. Then I went to the awards show and won!  The. I got back on a plane and flew back to Little Rock and literally walked on stage as the show was starting.  It was a crazy day but it was all worth it.

Lamitschka:  Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

Answer: Wake up at about the crack of noon, make some breakfast for the family, go outside for a little while, the. Come back and spend the rest of the day playing and doing nothing.

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