Cody Allen
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Cody Allen

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | INDIE

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
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"Review of new album “Listen”"

I thought the first CD "Little Things Mean So Much" was brilliant and in fact it is, but lookout here comes the second release "Listen" on Brawn Records. The tracks off the CD have an edge to them that rings in your head (in a good way) with drum sounds compared to Coldplay and the Tragically Hip, guitar riffs that are brilliant and that Northern Ontario voice...that voice!. Singer/songwriter Cody Allen has a voice that has been compared (and even rivals) Jacob Hoggard from Hedley. His powerhouse of a voice definitely makes this singer who he is....greatness! The second CD is much more back to basics. The songs are credible and well written. The production is comparable to the first CD, but this release seems to be more practical and less formal. Cody Allen has a very promising future in the Canadian music industry. Image FM is playing the new CD and all of our listeners and staff love it. "Listen" is a MUST HAVE for that Canadian music collection!

Mark Brewer
Director of Programming
Image FM
Canadian Broadcast Studio
- Released: September 18th 2007

"Northern Rocks Magazine"

Cody Allen, former vocalist from the band State Of Sound, has settled back in North Bay for the summer after years of travelling, with the intention of pursuing his music career.” This past winter I decided to stay in Northern Ontario for the summer and play as many shows & festivals as possible to get my name out there. I enjoy living up here, as my family and friends are still here.” This is good news for fans and soon to become fans of this musician with a vocal sound that brings to mind Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace. His music has been described by many as “natural and vintage rock”. His sound is well developed with rich vocals and the full ringing sound of his 12 string guitar. Allen started out strong with his first album “Little Things Mean So Much” released in 2006. Three songs, “Audacity”,” 8 O’clock” and “The Way You Are” have all seen national airplay. “The response [to the first album] was excellent; I received a lot of radio airplay, great feedback from music directors, booking agents and fans from across the country. The first EP was a good step in the right direction.”

In 2007 Allen joined the band “State Of Sound” and proceeded to participate in the band’s first album which was produced by Shawn Moore and mastered by Nick Blagona ( Rush, Tea Party, The Police, Bryan Adams). After touring with the band he decided to take a break and continued on his own.

Early in 2008 it was back to the studio to record the new album “We Know How To Love” with producer Justin Koop (Silverstein, Billy Talent, Finger Eleven) Allen says he is “just finishing up the new album with Justin. The experience has been great, we work well as a team and he understands what my vision is for this record.” This album will be released soon and will be followed by an east and west Canadian tour. They plan to “make sure to do as much touring as we can in 2009.” The first single “Answers” with special guest Amberley Bagget from the band Surfacing, can be heard on his myspace. Allen explains the progression evident in the new album: “My first CD “Little Things Mean So Much” was written and recorded while in University. The biggest change I find is the maturity in my writing from the last album. I was 21, single and writing about girls, constantly. After the release of that album, I moved in with a girl for 2 ½ years. So my writing definitely changed and my outlook on life did a complete 180. Now I’m single again and I’ve drawn my focus on life experiences, war and society. The new record has a strong U.K. feel to it, I truly believe that fans are going to be surprised with the sound of this album – it is very mature and has a more up beat-tempo. I’m very proud of the songs which I’ve written, and I can’t wait for old & new fans to hear my work.”

Another reason for his return home is to work on improving the music scene and opportunities for bands in North Bay. Cody has joined forces with Hamilton’s Symphony of Sound in order to do just this. The mission began because “last year our local summer festival (North Bay Heritage Festival) got cancelled by the city. Being from North Bay, I thought that having no music in the city was going to be a huge loss. I brought the festival proposal to Symphony of Sound, who I met a few months before through Southern Ontario bookings and asked if they were interested in bringing a music festival to Northern Ontario. I jumped on as the Northeast Promotions Rep. and have been working for Symphony of Sound ever since.” Cody has done his part to remedy a problem many smaller towns have. He says “the issue that North Bay has is that there’s no live original music venue…I think if we had a local venue that would book original music on a regular basis it would definitely be a step in the right direction, we need to keep live music alive in the North.” Having experience with booking his own tours and doing all the leg work himself Cody knows how difficult it can be. “I do everything on my own and trust me it’s a lot of work and at times it’s overwhelming. Although [by doing it himself] things get done right away and there’s no surprises.
I’ve had several offers from management teams from across the province, but nobody has
offered me anything I can’t do on my own. I have people that help me along the way but otherwise everything is done over the phone and computer. You really have to sell yourself on every level. I love playing music and I’ve now become a businessman, selling myself and my product. When they tell you making it in the music industry ‘is a long road’, it truly is. It takes a lot of hard work, ambition and determination. You better be prepared to get doors slammed in your face, because it does happen all the time, it’s all about being persistent and not taking no for an answer.

“My biggest accomplishment is that I’ve stuck it out in the music business and haven’t given up. There have been times where I just wanted to quit playing completely. From getting band members not showing up to gigs, to not making any money at a show and having to borrow cash from family members just to make it home. The music business is such a cut throat industry and if you don’t have wide shoulders, you’ll never survive…I’ve now realized that I can’t do anything else but play music. The fans are what keep me going. When people in the crowd sing your lyrics when you’re playing and come up to you after your show and tell you how they can’t stop listening to your music, it really makes you proud of what you do. I actually get to do what I love. The only thing I want to achieve is to get my music heard by as many people as possible and of course to be able to pay my bills playing music.”
- Local Spotlight: Cody Allen


All Is Not Lost - June 2011

We Know How To Love - March 2009

Listen - September 2007

Little Things Mean So Much - March 2006



Cody Allen now stands at the precipice of the worlds stage. The beauty of Codys music can be seen in its evolution concurrent to his character and sincerity. 

Releasing his first album Little Things Mean So Much in 2006, Cody Allen has progressed from a young up and coming talent into an electrifying and diverse musician, having embraced venues both big and small across Canada. In travelling all over the country and sharing the stage with some of Canadas musical heavyweights such as Default, the Tragically Hip and Blue Rodeo, Cody Allen has made a name for himself as a thrilling live performer, with club owners and promoters describing the band as exhilarating and one of Canadas best kept secrets. 

With the advent of his second album We Know How To Love, released in March 2009 to raved reviews with the hit singles One Thing After Another & Ready To Go, Cody and his band were booking over 200 shows across Canada. When asked, fans of the Cody Allen Band said they often appreciate the passion emanating from the artists, and share in the love of music that is clearly felt at all the bands performances. That is of course in addition to the stellar musical talent that is on display. 

Since the second album Cody and his band have blossomed into a powerful trio whose explosive live shows have earned them a devout following. Cody Allen creates a gutsy sound that takes after popular acts such as Our Lady Peace, Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon and Mumford and Sons. Allen who professed a love for rock and folk, at a very young age, decided to make music that sounded loud and proud, taking music that is often considered to be mellow and delicate, and fill it with passion, electricity and confidence. The incredible energy from his 3 piece trio draws crowds in quickly to his circle of songs and to the warmth of his stories, which makes him a distinct and original artist.

In late 2010, Cody moved back home to the rustic country setting of Northern Ontario to focus on his highly anticipated new album All Is Not Lost which was released across Canada in June 2011. Shut away from the vices of technology, and with very little interaction with the outside world, the new album took on a very personal feel and embodied the heartaches that Allen endured over his young life. With all vocal tracks recorded in one take the emotional content of the album reverberates through the music. 

Allens meteoric rise caught the attention of French producer and musician, Shawn Sasyniuk, who jumped on board to work closely with Cody on his new project. Sasyniuk, a veteran musician brought a new and interesting twist to the new music being created with a focus on Allens inspiring and heart-warming melodies.

All Is Not Lost has a big and loud sound, focusing on Codys distinctive voice and creative guitar playing. The music has been described as being full of energy and insight. From the Led Zeppelin-ish track Long Gone, to catchy folk songs If This Takes All Night & What You Do To Me that were written while on tour, the new album is nothing short of a stellar performance and honesty from the young singer.

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