“…reaching the lost and feeding the multitudes.”

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Before and AfterPrayingCody and Jamie At 13 years old, Cody James was reading, ‘Hinds Feet on High Places” when he first experienced the Holy Spirit; but, with the lures of the flesh and the world, by 15, he was playing music in bars. This began a 25- year battle with addiction. The three threads that flowed through Cody’s life were his praying mother, his addictive behaviors and the music he would eventually turn into a career.

At 17, Cody joined the U.S Army, but even after his three-year enlistment in the 10st Airborne division, the thought of regular everyday life just did not seem attractive. Eventually he moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he managed to take his music to a whole new level; unfortunately, his addictive behaviors also grew to a whole new level.

Though his personal musical tastes were rooted in Rock, Cody grew up in a musically talented family; eclectic in the genres as well as instruments each family member played. This made it easy for Cody to fit in anywhere as a musician, songwriter and vocalist. Cody credits this upbringing for his ability to plug into the country scene, landing a job as songwriter for Loretta Lynn’s publishing company, Coal Miner Music. He traveled with Loretta on the road, and had songs recorded by Loretta, Pam Tillis, and Mark Chestnut. Cody also wrote, sang, and produced the theme song for a Tim Curry movie called “Pirates of the Plain,” though he is most gratified by the Loretta Lynn single, “I Can’t Hear the Music.” It was a poignant ballad about Loretta’s relationship with her husband, Doolittle, inspired by something he said on his deathbed.
By all outward appearances Cody had a great life; Yet there was always an emptiness, a void he could not fill; although he tried with alcohol, drugs, success and short-term relationships. When things would get bad, as they often would, he would look to his mother Norine. She was a phone call away, and with her encouraging words and endless Christian love, she would bring comfort to him; but lacking his own relationship with Jesus, the bad times would continue coming. When she fell ill, Cody went to Missouri to care for her, and after a year and a half, she died in his arms at the age of 62. His mother and music career gone, Cody went into a three-year out-of-control tailspin that led to the loss of everything, incarceration and a desire to take his own life. When it seemed there was no hope, hope arrived. A bold voice spoke to Cody’s heart and said, “It was never your music anyway, its Mine, meant for My glory.” After God spoke that, Cody began to seek the face of Jesus and what he was to do with what he now understood to be God given gifts.
“It was not an overnight thing, I was a tough piece of clay, one that required much kneading before a suitable vessel could even begin to be formed,” Cody explains. “Glory be to God that He is patient and loving. The Father has restored my life ten times better than it ever was, He has delivered me from addiction, fear & depression ( A life of sin). I now have a godly wife, two daughters that love Jesus, and a son Jeremiah; and God has given me all new songs and an amazing mission field where he allows me to share with the hurting and lost people of this world.”

14 responses

  1. Nick Vandervort

    God Bless you Cody! I was at the Sportsmen’s Retreat last weekend in IA and you and your music, and the whole experience really moved me. Take care and Godspeed friend in Christ!

    March 28, 2017 at 10:06 am

  2. Hi Cody! I just saw your show tonight at Horizons church for Dirk’s birthday. Awesome show brother! It’s quite clear that the holy spirit works through you in a strong way. It shows in your music for sure, and by the way you spread God’s word at the jails and prisons you go to. God works through people! You are perfect example of this. The other musicians in your band were awesome too! Tyler Rosen’s guitar playing was right on the mark! I went to his YouTube channel to thank him as well. Thanks for the uplifting show you put on tonight! You played 4 songs that are on my YouTube music channel MusicLoot. Please go check it out when you get a chance. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgwyz9M8NOytLs_tFklH-0Q

    Take care Cody – God Bless!

    January 24, 2015 at 12:53 am

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  4. Launa

    I just saw you at Crossview Fellowship in Keokuk, IA..You guys are incredible! Your story really touched me, my daughter has just been released from prison to a half way house after 10 yrs of battling drugs and crimes that come with it. Shewas raised with Christ, but lost her way in high school. She now has renewed her faith in Christ and I pray every day for her to continue to recover. In the meantime I am raising her 3 children.. I pray that they will one day become a family again. Thanks for your inspiration!

    June 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm

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  7. Margaret

    Zach S. (my son-in-law) shared your recent CD with me….love it!

    August 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    • Margaret,
      That is awesome so glad you enjoyed it,Zach is so talented.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  8. Mike Barrett

    Hey bro, Looking forward to meeting you and hearing your story. You’ve already served to encourage me just through your website and some of the videos I’ve been listening and watching. Praise God and we’ll see you tomorrow night in Owatonna!!

    May 10, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    • Mike, thankyou for the encouraging comment. We are looking forward to this tour and seeing God move. See ya tomorrow night.

      May 11, 2012 at 12:17 am

  9. Martin Alvarez

    Hey Cody can’t wait to meet you,I am part of Celebrate Recovery here in Owatonna Minnesota and you will be here Friday,just want to thank you for coming to share your testimony. Our Heavenly Father is blessing us with you being here,thanks again bro.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    • Martin we are excited to come to the CR Group in Owatonna. Looking forward to meeting you all and praising our Lord together.

      May 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

  10. stacy

    WHAT A WAUNDERFUL GIFT OF MINISTRY THIS MAN WAS GIVEN FROM GOD, HE HAD TOUCHED MY HEART AND MY LIFE. AND FOR THAT I WILL EVER BE SO GREATFUL. I FELT SO LOST AND CONFUSED AND WAS SO REMINDED JUST HOW MUCH MY GOD LOVES ME,, TAHNK YOU CODY, THANK YOU FOR LETTING GOD USE YOU TO TOUCH SO MANY LIVES AND HEARTS. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY….HOPE TO SEE YOU BACK IN WINONA AT CR, YOU ARE A BLESSING!!!!

    April 1, 2012 at 2:39 am

    • Stacy, Thankyou so much for your gracious words. Im so glad God had His way in your heart the other evening when I was with you all. As far as God using me, Im super grateful that he allows me to travel and share Him with my brothers and sisters. Thankyou for your prayers and blessings for my family and CJM; and yes I would love to come back to visit you all. You will be in our prayers my sister.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

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