Bio

Bio

BIOGRAPHY (Scroll down for discography):

In a few short years, multi-instrumentalist Cody Wright has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative, soulful, and jaw-dropping young performers in the world. He played bass, guitar, and keyboards and was co-composer for the 2019 release of Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove. (Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC/Mac.)

He is known for his virtuosity on the electric bass using picking, tapping, and fingerstyle, along with his genre bending style and adaptability and onstage energy.

Cody has toured nationally & internationally with:
Eric Gales, Ghost-Note feat. MonoNeon, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Ron Holloway Band, Albert Cummings, Everyone Orchestra, Jeff Sipe & Billy Cardine, Jazz is Phish and James Brown Dance Party.

Cody even jammed with one of his heroes, guitar master Tommy Emmanuel, in 2014.

In 2015, Cody's viral video with Chaisaray Schenck on drums reached over a million views worldwide.

In 2016, Cody & the Eric Gales Band co-billed with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Dweezil Zappa at Guitare en Scene Festival for Joe Satriani's Birthday Bash!

In 2017, Cody & the Eric Gales Band shared the bill with Santana, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Zac Brown, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Jethro Tull, Snarky Puppy, and others at the Byron Bay Blues Festival in Australia. 

In 2018, Cody joined Grammy-winning "conscious funk" ensembe Ghost-Note on the first leg of their "SWAGISM" tour.

In 2019, Cody joined the cast of Vic Firth Jams as the house bassist, recording videos with Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, Sean Wright, Alvin Ford, Jr. (Trombone Shorty), Lenny "Ox" Reece (DJ Premier), and Carlin White. 

2019 also marked the release of Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove, featuring music by Cody Wright, who appeared on the supporting telethon in May 2019 on Twitch TV alongside Macaulay Culkin (Home Alone, Richie Rich), and pro wrestler Fred Rosser.

Cody is a certified instructor at ScottsBassLessons.com.


(Joe Bonamassa, Cody Wright, and Bruce Hornsby in 2017.)

Cody has performed and/or recorded with:

Victor Wooten (and the Wooten Brothers,) Eric Gales, Beth Hart, Peter Erskine, Steve Smith (Journey,) Alvin Ford Jr. (Trombone Shorty,) Sean Wright, Lenny "Ox" Reece (DJ Premier), Warren Haynes, Philip Lassiter (Prince, Snarky Puppy), Dominique Xavier Taplin (Toto,) Ron Holloway (Dizzy Gillespie,) L.A. session ace Tim Pierce, Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note, Cory Wong (Vulfpeck), Mr. Talkbox, Mohini Dey, Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band,) Ida Nielsen (Prince), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Chuck Rainey, Gary Novak, Kirk Fletcher, Toronzo Cannon, Ana Popovic, Walter Trout, Kenny Neal, Michael Manring, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Mike Seal (Jerry Douglas,) Robert "Sput" Searight (Snarky Puppy,) members of the James Brown Band, Etienne M'Bappe (John McLaughlin,) Sharay Reed (Aretha Franklin,) Tony Grey (Hiromi,) MonoNeon, Kebbi Williams, Yolanda Charles (Mick Jagger,) Felix Pastorius, David Pastorius, Billy Cardine, Col. Bruce Hampton, Pat Donohue (A Prairie Home Companion,) Joanne Shaw-Taylor, Federico Malaman, Gergo Borlai (Gary Willis,) Chesley "Cheese" Allen (Meghan Trainor,) members of the Duhks & Lee Boys, members of the Tedeschi/Trucks Band, and others.

Cody recorded with Steve Smith (Journey), Peter Erskine (Weather Report) and other superstar drummers in 2019 for Vic Firth Jams, Vol. 2!


Cody was featured at Victor Wooten's Center for Music & Nature in 2015 and 2016 and as a solo artist JT's Bass Jam 2016, 2017, and 2018 in Anaheim, CA.

Cody's early training in jazz, fusion, and blues guitar has left him with a keen sense of melody, harmony, and phrasing. His use of the pick and two-handed tapping technique gives him unique tone and facility, but above all, his unabashed love for music shines through in every note he plays. 

Originally hailing from Orlando, Florida, Cody Wright cut his musical teeth in Charlottesville, Virginia before moving to North Carolina to attend college. 
Wright graduated from Warren Wilson College and took up the bass that same year after nearly thirteen years as a guitarist.

At the dawn of his teens, when Cody Wright first got his hands on an electric guitar, he initially turned to hard rock and metal for inspiration, traveling down the crossroads of the blues before moving on to fusion, jazz, and acoustic music. Technical excellence was always an aspiration of Wright's, along with melodies found early on in video games and television shows. "I was always the kid that would wonder what the music would sound like for certain video games before I even played them. Weird, I know!" Cody says. (He's now the man behind most of the music for Toejam & Earl - Back in the Groove [PC/Console])


Cody Wright will release his long-anticipated debut album, "STAR FESTIVAL" in 2019.

TESTIMONIALS:

Cody has been featured in Bass Player, Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, Bass Guitar Magazine (cover), Coffee Music, Bass Frontiers, Twitch! TV, Adult Swim, Drum Talk TV, Bass The World.com, iBass Magazine, For Bass Players Only, Bass Musician Magazine (cover), MusicLessons.tv, This Is Live TV, Bass Professor, Bass Gear Magazine, Relix, No Treble, The Daily Funk Club, SEGA Scream, Hype Magazine, and has been mentioned in Jazz Times and Modern Drummer.

Cody was featured on the March 2017 cover of Bass Guitar Magazine:


And the December 2018 cover of Bass Musician:

"Taking bass into a whole new realm of groove." - Bass Player Magazine

(Bass Player, June 2019)
"Cody Wright has inspired a whole new generation to grasp the funk while playing with a pick...His compsotions are slinky, infectious, and highly impressive." - Music Radar

"Cody Wright is a hero in our world." - Bass Player

"Amazing and musical!! Love it!!!"
- Victor Wooten

"Absolutely brilliant!!"
- Greg Howe

"Bad-ass!"
- Tommy Emmanuel on Cody's arrangement of "Blackbird"

"Cody Wright is bad." 
- David Garibaldi (Tower of Power)

"Funkin' with a pick! Something new for me to work on."
- Felix Pastorius


"Smokin'"
- Leland Sklar 

“He’s an amazing player, and I think he’s going to go very far,” - Eric Gales

"Cody is definitely one of my favourite bass players! I love his playing, especially when he uses a pick (plectrum) This guy is already phenomenal, and he's just gonna get better & better. Scary! Make sure you all check out Cody Wright folks, this guy is some
thin' else!!"
- Dave Swift (Jools Holland, Al Green, B.B. King, Amy Winehouse, Paul Simon, Barry White, Eric Clapton)

"Inspiring...encouraging...motivating...Great music!"
- Eric Wortham II (Adele, Jill Scott)

"Seriously righteous bass."
- Kevin Johnson, Notreble.com


"Wright was either flatpicking his electric bass as if he was John McLaughlin on guitar or tapping amazing chordal sequences. " - Music City Roots


"Great players all around and a really unique & c
ohesive voice."
- Damian Erskine


"The most exciting bass player to be seen on the scene."
- Ropeadope Records

"High octane talent" 
- Creative Loafing

“Cody Wright is a bright light in the music scene. He’s a multi-instrumentalist with chops galore, and he plays with sophistica
tion beyond his years.” - Guitarist Don Alder

"...The bass player, by the way, laid down what may well be the most awesome bass solo I have ever seen."
- The Baskin Beat 

DISCOGRAPHY:

Cody appears on the following albums/DVDs:

Warren Wilson College Presents: A Conscious Alliance Benefit (2010, local release only) (Producer, composer, guitar, vocals.)
Al Coffee & Da Grind - Bass Ackward (2012) (Bass, guitar, and keyboards on "Beer & A Bowl")
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (2013 Ropeadope Records) (Bass, guitar, co-composer)
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra - Mixtape Symphony (2014 Ropeadope Records) (Bass, guitar, co-composer)
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra - Alive at the Rex Theater (2015) (Bass, co-composer) (Released as CD/DVD)
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra - Live @ Goombay (2015) (Bass/co-composer)
Eric Gales Band - Live Session @ Sirius/XM Bluesville (2017, unreleased) - (Bass)
Toejam & Earl - Back in the Groove (2018) (XBOX One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Mac/PC) - (Bass, guitar, drum programming, co-composer)
Various artists - "Bass Players in Need" feat. Michael Manring & Tony Franklin (2018)
Cody Wright - Santa's Return (Santa Claus is Coming to Town) - Single, (released 12-4-2018)
Cody Wright - Star Festival (RELEASE TBA) (Bass, guitar, vocals, composer, drum programming, percussion)
Philthy Funk (Phil Lassiter of Snarky Puppy, Prince NPG) - New album 2019 (bass, "Suga Coat Me")
Vic Firth Jams Vol. 2 (2019) ft. Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, Alvin Ford Jr., Carlin White, and Lenny "Ox" Reece. - 4 and 5-string bass