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Cody Chesnutt Biography

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Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia
Genres: Rock And Roll, R&B, Soul

Cody Chesnutt (often stylized as Cody ChesnuTT, born 1968) is an American R&B and neo soul musician from Atlanta, Georgia. Chesnutt's music blends elements of rock, funk, soul, hip hop, and blues. After relocating to Los Angeles, Chesnutt found work with Death Row records, writing and producing five songs for the male R&B group Six Feet Deep. Chesnutt and his former band, The Crosswalk, had a brief stint with Hollywood Records in which they were later booted from the label.

The band subsequently broke up and Chesnutt released a solo double LP in 2002 entitled “The Headphone Masterpiece,” which was recorded on a 4-track cassette recorder in his bedroom recording studio, which he calls The Sonic Promiseland.

His first brush with mainstream success came in 2002, when the hip hop group The Roots remade a song of his, “The Seed,” for their album “Phrenology,” as “The Seed (2.0).” Chesnutt played guitar and sang vocals on the track, and appeared in its music video, which received heavy airplay on MTV and BET.

In 2006, Chesnutt appeared in the music documentary “Dave Chappelle's Block Party,” which was originally recorded in September 2004. The same year, he recorded the track “Boils” for the 4AD records album “Plague Songs.”

In 2010 he released an EP called “Black Skin No Value.” His second full-length album “Landing On A Hundred” and first since 2002, was released via Vibration Vineyard and One Little Indian Records in 2012.