By Elizabeth Keys
STILLWATER, Okla. —
In the middle of his last semester at Oklahoma State University, Kody Jones will take a break Saturday to play songs on his first album release, “Makin’ Memories,” from 1-3 p.m. at Hastings, 316 N. Main. Making music has brought him through the hours of studying in the mechanical engineering program with the pressure on to keep his 4.0 GPA as an Oklahoma Academic Scholar before he graduates.
His college years have been all about making memories but when he first left home to play baseball at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, he missed his family and started writing songs. Originally from Mustang, where his parents still live, he came to a crossroads in his sporting career. Baseball taught him how to work hard everyday but he couldn’t continue studies for an engineering degree in Alva, so he transferred to OSU, which gave him many opportunities to perform at campus events to hone his skills.
“The album is a compilation of life-lived songs that everyone can relate to — from good times with friends to passionate songs from the heart,” Jones said.
His original songs express what some call a true country sound “with a story behind them and not a cliché.” Jones often wonders about “the unexplainable and how something was placed here without God’s hand” which created the inspiration for his song “Only God could of made that.”
“My music reflects the sound of my influences such as Garth Brooks and George Strait,” he said. “All the songs on the album are original and tell a story from a piece of my life. No matter the song, each one has a unique story behind it and I feel like that’s what make’s it so special. Along the same lines, many people find that they can personally relate to a lot of my music.”
Some of his favorite memories from childhood are spending time with his late grandfather on “The Farm” south of Stillwater where all his family would gather. He remembers gatherings where campers would sing and pick guitars around the campfire. From growing up singing with family, Jones has now shared the stage with the Eli Young Band and Reba McEntire. Vince Gill, a family friend, has also helped him with some direction.
“I turned down offers to go to Nashville . . . I wanted to finish school,” Jones said. “There’s no secret formula in the music business — no guarantees.”
That is why Jones has accepted an offer as a production engineer with Chesapeake Energy to begin in May. He plans to play when he can and continue to write songs but he’s not going to Nashville. Jones said he was fortunate to produce his first album in Oklahoma with Tate Publishing, a music label working with aspiring artists and giving their music the best chance in the marketplace. Jones has been balancing school and making music so he will continue that path working in Oklahoma where he sings:
"There ain’t nothin’ like the view of an open prairie
Watchin’ the sun go down
Lookin’ out as far as your eyes can see
There ain’t nothin’ like the sound of a country song
That brings back the memories.”
Fans that can’t make it Saturday to purchase a signed CD or want to book a performance can send an email to his manager, Alan Casey, at kodyjonesmusic@-gmail.com or call 405-613-2833 or 405-834-2041.
Album Preview Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q44S_AC_SW0
Preview Full Songs: http://www.tatemusicgroup.com/epk/?id=21204
Purchase CDs: i-Tunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/makin-memories/id795583744
Digital Download: http://kodyjones.tmgartist.com/