Singer/songwriter Cody Belew stopped by ASCAP’s Nashville offices Jan. 31 to officially sign with the performing rights organization.
A native of Beebe, Arkansas who received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Arkansas Tech University, Belew moved to Nashville in 2011. While constantly writing songs and figuring out how to navigate the music business, he opened Hyde Salon in 2012 and helped to build that into a thriving Nashville brand before opening Duet, a women’s contemporary store, in the fall of 2017.
“I was never cut out for the whole ‘starving artist’ thing,” commented Belew. “Through entrepreneurial opportunities, I found that I could support myself while being a writer and then play out a handful of times a year. I never thought I’d be in any business outside of the music business. I’ve been eager to join the ASCAP family for some time now. This is a big milestone for me, and I’m very excited to begin working together.”
Belew has performed alongside Rascal Flatts, CeeLo Green, and even The Muppets. In 2013, he was the face of the national “Say Love” campaign for Heifer International, a global nonprofit working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development. He wrote and recorded the song “Say Love” and traveled to Ecuador to film the music video. He is currently writing for an upcoming project set for release in the summer of 2018.
“Cody is a valuable asset to the ASCAP family,” said Robert Filhart, ASCAP Creative Director. “His energetic and engaging live performance along with his honest and emotional lyrics set him apart in this competitive industry. His writing is relatable and raw, and he is certainly one to watch.”
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