#CMchat Exclusive Interview: Codie Prevost

For the past few months, singer/songwriter Codie Prevost has shared a behind the scenes look at his musical journey with fans through a series of ‘diary’ posts via emails.

I’ve read your “diaries” – is there an overview/synopsis of the entries that can be used with this article to introduce new fans to your music / update current ones/talk about the album Radio? 

“The Codie Prevost Diaries” were created to share with fans exactly how I started and got to the point I’m at now in my music career. They were created to take people on a journey through a series of mini-stories that outline the details that go into pursuing music. Music for me has always been about making a difference and I wanted to portray that through “The Codie Prevost Diaries.”

My new album “Radio” will be publicly released in early 2018. It is currently available through “The Codie Prevost Diaries” Series. You can join and gain access to the album by visiting my website.

When did you first start singing? 

“I started playing guitar when I was 14. My mom had an old acoustic guitar and we had just gotten dial-up Internet on the farm so I printed out some song chord charts and sat in my bedroom practicing day after day. When I became good enough at guitar I started adding singing into the mix. My first experiences with songwriting started when I was about 16.”

What did your family do to encourage you?

“My family is very supportive and encouraging when it comes to my music. From my first live performances in the kitchen to later entering talent contests they were always there for me. They helped me buy my first guitar even though it was an electric guitar so my friends and I could start a punk rock band. They continue to support me to this day. They helped me in many ways and I’m very thankful for it.”

Who are your musical inspirations? 

“When it comes to performing I really look up to Keith Urban. When it comes to Songwriting Eric Church is incredible. I also enjoy music outside of the Country Music world including Train, Augustana, and John Mayer.”

Best advice ever given? What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

“Best advice I ever got was you get out of something what you put into it. Focus your energies on what you want to achieve and you will succeed.”

For our readers who may not be familiar with your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

 “Energetic, Positive, Uplifting, Meaningful, and Fun.”

Where would you most like to perform?

“I would love the chance to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. I’ve been there many times and it’s an incredible building with so much history in Country Music.”

If you could record a duet with any country music star, who would it be?

“Would be amazing to do a duet with Keith Urban.”  

Which artists or bands of any genre would you like to go on the road with you?

“Would love to tour with Keith Urban. You could learn so much from being behind the scenes at his concert.”

What do you do for inspiration when you sit down to write a song and it seems that nothing wants to come out?

“I find inspiration in many places. From a show I’ve watched on TV or a magazine, I’ve read song idea’s literally come from anywhere and also come when you’re least expecting them. I also find inspiration in life experience.”

If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?

“Really love the production in pop music. Would love to try and dabble in the pop world using a Train/Augustana vibe. It would be a lot of fun to see where it leads.”

What is you favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car/for karaoke?

“I love singing the classics by Johnny Cash. Johnny’s music has stuck throughout the decades and is still as popular today as it was at the top of his career. Every time I pull out a Johnny Cash song you can guarantee someone is dancing or singing in the crowd!”

If you were driving cross-country and could only bring one CD, what would it be?

“It would have to be “Saving San Francisco” by Train. That was one of my favorite albums. When it was released I had it on repeat in my rental car as I toured Ontario.” 

If I were to turn on your playlist right now, what five artists/songs would I see on your recently played list?

Florida Georgia Line, Augustana, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and Chris Stapleton.”

If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing? 

“I’d probably be doing something in the outdoors maybe an outfitter. Love spending time in the outdoors camping, fishing, hunting, etc.”

What hidden talents do you have? 

“Really enjoy cooking and the financial markets. I enjoy trading stocks. I just stumbled upon a few books on finance and became more and more interested in learning.”

What are the five things you can’t live without?

“Family, Music, Ice Fishing, Reading, and Jogging”

When you are not touring, what do you like to do for fun?

“I love to spend quality time with my girls. My wife Ashley and I have two daughters Lyriq and Everly and it’s incredible to get to raise them and watch them grow.”

What else can we expect from you in the future?

“My new album Radio will be officially released in early 2018! You can get it prior by joining my new blog series called ‘The Codie Prevost Diaries’ at web. Along with the release of the album new tour dates will be announced along with many other big announcements!”

Ten years from now you will be…. 

“Will be singing, singing, and singing some more. I’m thankful for an incredible fan base that continue to support me on this incredible journey of music! Can’t wait to share more and more music with everyone!”

Author: Donna Block

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