#ASCAPProud: Cody Belew
Cody Belew is a Nashville-based country singer-songwriter. He is preparing his debut album for release in 2019.
Q: Where or when do you feel most authentically yourself?
A: Most definitely while performing for an audience. There’s something freeing about being up there knowing that I’m setting the tone and temperature for, not only the room, but for the crowd’s collective experience. It’s what I was born to do, so when I get the chance I don’t waste it!
Q: How does creating music fit into your identity?
A: Looking back, I would say my songwriting was a little removed from my identity when I was younger. I was afraid of getting “too real.” The older I get, however, I’ve started to lean into my life and its unique perspective. Especially with my latest work; my identity is woven into the music and it feels GOOD!
Q: What would be the elements of your fantasy pride parade? The sky is the limit, NO RULES.
A: That people around the world would feel safe and celebrated in marching for their protected civil and basic human rights. We’ve got such a long way to go which unfortunately makes that idea a fantasy in itself. But if it’s a parade float we’re talking about don’t even get me STARTED! My Pride Float would be a Rose Bowl version of a Las Vegas -tyle dude ranch outfitted with mechanical horses made of flowers and plenty of Cowboys. YEEEE HAWWWW! :::wink:::
Q: What is your wish for the next generation of queer creators?
A: That they won’t sit down to write songs leaving out gender-specific pronouns. That’s the way I’ve always written in an effort to not draw too much attention to myself. If I wrote songs with “we,” “us” and “you” I could convince myself I wasn’t telling a lie. My wish is for all of us to write with our hearts wide open - whether it’s about a “he," “him,” “she” or “her.”
Q: What’s been your proudest moment so far?
A: Releasing my latest single “Crimes” along with the accompanying music video. It’s the first song I’ve written that is unapologetically honest about my experience growing up gay in the South - wide-eyed and afraid. It was time for me to stop skirting around it and face it head on. The response to the video has been overwhelmingly positive and I’m so proud of the work. There’s no turning back from here!