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Campaign Launched to Help Songwriter John Cody After Acclaimed Career Ended by Cancer

November 1st, 2017

DSC_7695We here at NWC, publisher of Professional Sound and Canadian Musician magazines, have launched a crowd-funding campaign via GoFundMe to help acclaimed Canadian songwriter and musician John Cody. He is in desperate need of financial assistance due to cancer and other continually worsening health conditions that have taken his singing voice, ended his career, and left him in severe financial hardship.

Go to www.FriendsofJohnCody.com.

John’s many musical contributions and accomplishments include co-writing and touring with Tom Cochrane, as well as arranging and providing background vocals on the diamond-selling Mad Mad World album. Following that, John accepted a publishing deal in Los Angeles, where he lived for over 20 years. While there, John co-wrote the song “The Fundamental Things” for Bonnie Raitt’s platinum-selling album, Fundamental. He also wrote and recorded with Keith Urban, Lynn Miles, Sharon Stone, Christopher Ward, Larry Klein, Holly Cole, and many others. As the musical director for the infamous Hollywood hotspot Le Deux Café, John performed with countless legends like Joni Mitchell and Grace Jones. He also released four solo albums of his own, including 2017’s Hard Won: The Final Recordings, which was finished just before the partial-removal of his larynx that cost him his singing voice.

John is currently being treated for colon cancer, larynx cancer, a severe degenerative autoimmune disease, and other conditions that, together, have ended his career and taken away his mobility. For obvious reasons, John can no longer work, and lives on an incredibly modest disability that leaves him with a scant $21 after paying the rent on his small Montreal apartment. It is a shame to see someone in the Canadian music industry of John’s importance being forced into such a difficult situation through no fault of his own.

For these reasons, Canadian Musician magazine is asking people to go to www.FriendsofJohnCody.com, which will take them to the GoFundMe page, to make a donation. As well, spread the word about the campaign on social media with the hashtag #HelpJohnCody.

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