Cody McCarver’s emotion-filled voice displays a life full of heartache and lessons. Yes, when you hear Cody sing, you know he has a story to tell.
Raised in the mountains of Dunlap, TN, Cody’s first musical influence was in his home church. Even as a young child, Cody loved music and became the church piano player before the age of ten. It’s that musical connection to faith that has helped Cody through dark and troubled times, including the imprisonment of his father and his death inside a jail cell.
Cody spent over a decade with country music super-group, Confederate Railroad, eventually leaving to start his own solo career. This career was extremely lucrative with numerous accolades - including three number one videos’ on CMT Pure Country and earning the title of Independent Artist of the Year from Music Row Magazine.
Throughout his career, Cody has shared the stage with legends such as Charlie Daniels, David Allan Coe, Merle Haggard and more. His solo career saw his music topping the charts and even being featured in several motion pictures, which led to McCarver acting in several western films. His solo music has featured guest appearances by Colt Ford and The Oak Ridge Boys’ Richard Sterban.
The bright lights of fame and fortune brought many enjoyable things but it also exposed Cody to a very dark side. “Here I was with everything I could imagine,” states Cody, “but something was missing and I was miserable. So, I started filling that void with Jack Daniels, who became my best friend, every single day.” Cody’s life began to spiral out of control. “I was headed for death,” says Cody. “I knew something had to change…so I went to church.” Cody searched and found joy in his renewed relationship with God. Cody says: “God let me know that He never left me and He was with me the entire time.”
Today, Cody shares his story anywhere and everywhere he can – and there’s no signs of slowing down. In fact, Cody’s just getting started!
Cody has released 2 country CDs and 3 Christians CDs since leaving the band Confederate Railroad. The Lords Will, I'm Forgiven and his latest CD Rise Up have established him and his message in the Christian music world. In 2018 God gave him a #1 single with Rise Up. The top 100 Christian country charts have Rise Up at #18 for 2018 and his single Run & Hide which was featured in a motion picture at #57 for 2018.
What does 2019 hold for Cody McCarver? A brand new CD titled "Blessings" will be released. The CD is produced by Lew Card who also is a co-writer with Cody On several tracks. Cody called on his friend John Schneider to sing a duet titled "These hands" and John Anderson to help sing the old hymn "The Old Rugged Cross". Sounds like the title for the new CD "Blessings" is the perfect title.
Today, Cody shares his story anywhere and everywhere he can – and there’s no signs of slowing down. In fact, Cody’s just getting started! 2019 will bring a prison tour with actor singer John Schneider.
What Others are Saying
“One of the great privileges of ministry is recognizing and ministering with those whom God has a special calling, Cody McCarver is such a person. His story is relevant and lives are being changed as we witnessed people coming to know the Lord. I highly recommend Cody McCarver to your church. You and your people will be truly blessed.”
- Pastor Marty Greene
Mt. Rachel Baptist Church Dalton, Georgia
“Our congregation recently had the privilege to host an event with Cody McCarver and his band and we thoroughly enjoyed worshipping with them. Cody has a true love for Christ and shares this love effectively with others through song and testimony. Cody loves the Lord and has a gift of reaching others through his ministry. I highly recommend Cody McCarver along with his group. He has been a blessing in my life, and continues to touch lives through his ministry.”
- Pastor Neil Hasty
Poplar Springs Baptist Church
“Cody is a talented writer, musician and uses his past and present life changing situations in powerful testimony to not only touch but change lives. Cody conveys his music through personal struggles and family events to minister the very heart of those who hear him.”
- Pastor David L. Lee
Spencer Church of God of Prophecy
“It is with absolute confidence that I assure you that Cody will be a blessing to your church in whichever way he chooses to share God’s love. Not only does his humble demeanor make the entire congregation feel comfortable, but his passion for the Holy Spirit through his music is very captivating and encouraging.”
- Pastor Ronnie Pearson
Graceway Chapel Cleveland, TN